Cancer fundraiser for dying man on Saturday

A fundraiser in Red Deer on Saturday will raise money for a young father diagnosed with cancer who has been told he has only a few months to live.

A fundraiser in Red Deer on Saturday will raise money for a young father diagnosed with cancer who has been told he has only a few months to live.

The event is aimed at helping Jason Kom-Tong, 35, seek special cancer treatment in Arizona. The treatment cost ranges from $75,000 to $175,000.

Jason and Bambi Kom-Tong live in Red Deer and have two young children, Zackary, six, and Kisenya, four.

Jason Kom-Tong was diagnosed with tongue cancer and has had extensive surgery and treatment at University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

He has undergone tongue reconstruction using arm and leg muscles, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Then he had a second surgery to remove his tongue, and a reconstruction again using his own muscles. His lower jaw was removed. He has had to ​learn​ how ​to walk again because a bone from his lower leg​ was used to reconstruct his jaw.

Bambi Kom-Tong, 32, said Monday that her husband was diagnosed in 2013, and was recently told he has only three months to live. They hope that the special treatment for cancer in Arizona will give him a chance.

Saturday’s event is at Bo’s Bar and Grill, at 2310 50th Ave. For tickets, which are $15 each, contact Cherise Verbonac at 403-872-8084. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and includes a silent auction and live band.

More information can be found on Facebook at Kom-Tong Cancer Cause Fundraiser at Bo’s.

Also, online fundraising is underway. People can donate by going to gofundme.com/hdrsdw.

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