Muscle-bound fitness fanatic innocent & # 39; nerve pain & # 39; turns out to be TERMINAL brain cancer – since he sells everything he owns so that he can travel to Australia in a final attempt to survive
- Levi Holley & # 39; s health was steadily deteriorating before he was diagnosed with cancer
- Has an unusable brain tumor but sells his things to pay for the treatment
- Holley hopes to travel to Australia for advanced treatment that is not offered in NZ
- Friends and family encourage people to donate GoFundMe or GiveALittle
Levi Holley (photo) from Auckland was diagnosed with a brain tumor
An aspiring actor and a competing arm wrestler tries to sell his valuable property to raise money for the treatment of cancer after he has been diagnosed with a non-operable brain tumor.
Levi Holley, from Auckland, said his health had steadily deteriorated for about two months while he and his doctor tried to find the cause of his nerve pain.
The 44-year-old was repeatedly fired by medical professionals before a doctor at his local hospital's emergency department decided to perform a routine CT scan to check & check all boxes & # 39 ;.
The scan showed that Mr. Holley had an unusable brain tumor the size of an apricot in the middle of his brain.
A month after diagnosis, Mr. Holley spends most of his time in pain or sleeping due to the high doses of painkillers he uses.
Once a & # 39; fun loving, fitness oriented, tough guy & # 39 ;, Mr. Holley's only goal is to survive now.
Mr. Holley has been in and out of the hospital since his diagnosis as doctors try to work out the best course of action
Holley has been a valued member of his Auckland community since he was 18, volunteering as a coach for local sports clubs and giving his time to charity events.
He regularly dresses up as Batman for charity events and children's birthdays in his area, and the costume is considered one of his most valued possessions.
But Mr. Holley is now looking to sell the extravagant stand up, along with his car and everything else that he possesses, in an effort to raise money for his treatment.
& # 39; I only receive $ 300 a week in sick pay, & # 39; Holley told his friends and family in a video on social media.
& # 39; I am going to try to sell everything I have to give myself the best chance in life. & # 39;
He has released a video about his struggles since being diagnosed more than a month ago
Mr. Holley has always kept himself fit and healthy and participated in arm wrestling
& # 39; I had a really hard time financing or giving up a little. It goes against the way I see who I am, & he said.
& # 39; I like to think I help people, not that I need the help. & # 39;
Holley said he realized that the forecast would be & # 39; bad & # 39; as soon as the nurse came to his room, hours after the scan and after he had sent his support person, Hannah, home.
& # 39; The nurse then came in and said: & # 39; & # 39; Do you want someone with you when the doctor talks to you? & # 39; & # 39; Then I knew that I f *** k … that I knew the news would be terrible.
& # 39; The doctor looked like it was the worst day of his life.
& # 39; He sits down and says & # 39; unfortunately we have found a large mass in the middle of your brain. It is in a very bad place. It is unusable. And that was the start of this. & # 39;
Holley needed a biopsy where samples were taken and sent to laboratories in Australia to better understand the nature of the tumor. Pictured: scar of the biopsy
Holley said his best friend Hannah (photo right) is a mainstay during his diagnosis
The nerve pain on the right side of his body has only got worse in recent weeks.
Holley needed a biopsy where samples were taken and sent to laboratories in Australia to better understand the nature of the tumor.
He is still waiting for the end result.
In the coming weeks, Mr. Holley will begin chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer, but he hopes to raise money to travel to Australia for more advanced treatment options.
& # 39; Australia has an advanced device that & # 39; Is called Gamma Knife & # 39; and that can treat brain tumors that are not available in New Zealand, & # 39; is on his GoFundMe page.
& # 39; There are also treatments available in America, Canada and Europe that are possible. There is no procedure on the table. & # 39;
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