Helping Tiffany; Weekend benefit to help raise funds for cancer fight

The Franks -- Brad, Tyce and Tiffany -- enjoy the outdoors. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

To say Tiffany (Everroad) Frank has been through quite a bit the last few years would be a complete understatement.

In October 2014, Tiffany found a lump in her breast. She went to the doctor, confident it would be nothing to be concerned about. She was wrong. It turned out to be ductal carcinoma (DCIS).

She opted to have a mastectomy, and all was going well.

Then in July 2016, she noticed another lump and made a return trip to her surgeon. The cancer returned as a high-grade DCIS. The surgeon wanted to delay surgery until the mass could shrink. It didn’t and, in spite of treatment, continued to grow.

In May, Tiffany learned the cancer had spread to her spine and there were spots on her liver.

In early August, Tiffany and her husband, Brad, opted to try a treatment in use in Europe, but not widely used in the United States. The cost is $22,000, and isn’t covered by insurance.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, friends from the New Life Baptist Church are hosting a benefit auction and barbecue at the Wabash County Fairgrounds to help raise money for the family. The event will be from 3-7 p.m., with a raffle at 6 p.m.

Tiffany “is doing remarkably well,” Brad Frank told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “It was, I would say, four weeks ago that I was wheeling her around in a wheelchair just to get around the house. She couldn’t even get out of bed.

“Ever since last week, things really, really started turning for the better.”

The change, he believes, is largely because of the new treatment she is undergoing.

Tiffany undergoes treatment at the Get Well Center in Mansfield, Ohio.

“When it gets to killing cancer, there’s just a lot of pain involved and it really brought her down,” Brad said. “As that tapers off, she’s really regaining a lot of strength and is feeling better.”

The bulk of Tiffany’s treatment, he said, is a non-conventional treatment called Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT).

“They take your blood sugar down pretty far,” Brad said, explaining the treatment. “One of cancer’s favorite foods is sugar. When they get your blood sugar down – and this is after fasting in the morning – they administer about 10 percent of what a conventional dose of chemotherapy intravenously, with sugar.

“When your blood sugar is that low, it’s a high absorption rate for anything. It wants to get its own blood sugar up. But the cancer cells are one of the first cells to absorb any nutrients. They’re absorbing what they think are sugar, but its laced with chemotherapy, and it kills them without the dramatic effects of conventional chemotherapy.”

Conventional chemotherapy, he said, is “like a carpet bombing. It kills good and bad cells.”

Tiffany’s markers, he said, show evidence of the cancer cells dying off. However, he continued, she doesn’t have to deal with any of the side effects of conventional chemotherapy such as losing her hair or mouth sores.

The Franks felt that it was hard to believe the conventional cancer treatment was the route to go. That belief, Brad said, is what led them to the Get Well Center.

“We began seeking out alternative methods,” he said, “more holistic methods, more of the natural path. “

The couple also viewed a video entitled “The Truth About Cancer” by Ty Bollinger, and that helped convince them to pursue other options.

“After other trials of natural medicines that seemed to be effective, but not effective enough, we chose this path of the IPT and it seems that it’s kicking butt now,” Brad said.

Work on Saturday’s benefit began with members of the Franks’ church.

“I’m too stubborn or too prideful to really reach out for help,” Brad said. “My church, which has been with us through this whole journey, (members) said, ‘You know, you’re going to get some help.’ The financial burden is there because the choice we’re making for treatment is not covered by insurance.”

Much of the community also is getting involved and wanting to help out.

“We’re praying for God’s intervention in this,” Brad said. “But also to do whatever it is that he’s teaching us, that we listen to that. It’s almost like a divine way of waking up the community. They’re being compassionate and feel like they want to help.

“They don’t know me. They don’t know Tiffany. They just have this burden that they want to help out.”

There is a silent auction with many items, and then there’s a raffle for three specific items: a Smith & Wesson M&P 15, a Remington Model 870 Express Super Mag and a $1,000 shopping spree.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or five for $20. They are available by calling 260-571-7026.

“We appreciate what people have done,” Brad said. “We can’t wait to see anybody there. We don’t expect any financial gifts. We expect people to be there and be moved by what God is doing for this family and in the community.”

Posted on 2017 Oct 10