Erica D. Yelder
From the time Herman
was diagnosed, I have been spending a great amount of time researching
this disease in the hopes of finding both a cure and anyone with this
diagnosis. On July 8, 2013 a friend of mine that lost her husband to RMC, saw a post on gofundme.com and immediately called me. I logged on the site and saw a photo of a young lady named Erica Yelder. I was so happy that I finally found someone else out there
that would hopefully share their story with me. I emailed her that night and
she responded immediately, we exchanged emails and I couldn’t believe how
similar her story was to Herman’s. Erica was diagnosed on September 10, 2012 at the age of 23. During
her follow-up, a 9 cm mass was discovered in her right kidney and had
metastasized (spread) to her throat, left lung and a portion of her spleen. After confirmation of her diagnosis, Erica began chemotherapy in October and
received her last dose on December 26, 2012. Her next step was 2 surgeries, one
in February, to remove her right kidney and the other in March to remove the
tumors on her left lung. After recovery, chemotherapy was re-established
to make sure all tumor residuals were contained.
On April 22, 2013 Erica received the news she had been waiting to hear for a long time.
The doctors told her that she was in remission. She moved back to her home town of Shreveport, Louisiana to be with her son and live her life. Erica enrolled in school for aesthetics and things finally started falling in place. She was so excited to know that I was in the process of starting a non-profit organization and wanted to assist in any way possible. She was such a kind and loving young lady, who had so many hopes and dreams. Dec. 6, 2013 Erica informed me that the cancer had returned and spread throughout her body and also started to affect her bones (stage 4). Erica’s last email to me was on Dec. 9, 2013 where she thanked me for everything and said that she prays she and my brother Herman would overcome this deadly disease and that she prays their doctors would find a cure so that nobody else would have to endure what they have been through. Erica passed away on Dec. 13, 2013. She left behind a 5 year old son named Christian, fiancé Dale, two brothers and her parents.
Erica was such an inspiration to so many people and impacted my life in a tremendous way. Her willingness and passion to help anyone even when she was faced with a challenge inspired me. She was so excited to know that I was in the process of starting a nonprofit organization. She wanted to help out in any way that she could so that we could receive help for those affected by RMC. On September 16, 2013, Erica sent me a recorded message of her journey and asked me to share it on my website and I promised her I would. She wanted to make sure others with the same diagnosis would be encouraged and never give up the fight. I promised her that I would never give up fighting for her, Herman and many others and I would continue to share her story to inspire others in their fight to win. (You can listen to her testimony in the blog section.)
In early June, I received a message from Kyle Morgan through an online forum. He advised that he was diagnosed with RMC five days after his 25th birthday and his local oncologist had no idea what this cancer was or how to treat him. Kyle's cancer was stage IV and had spread to his pelvis, lungs, brain, joints, shoulders, spinal cord, hips...just about everywhere. I immediately replied to his message and shared Dr. Tannir's information with him. From that moment, both Kyle and his local oncologist in Wisconsin were consulting with Dr. Tannir on a treatment plan. Fast forwarding to November 25, 2014 Kyle & Anna posted an update on Facebook that the MRI of his brain was CLEAR!! This was amazing news and I couldn't be happier for him and his family. Kyle and his wife Anna are truly an inspiration to myself and others. He has been so positive and courageous during these challenging months and is not willing to throw in the towel. He and his wife have a 2 year old little girl and are expecting their second child in March 2015!!!!
Kyle fought a long courageous battle with renal medullary carcinoma, and passed away on September 8, 2015. He is greatly missed by his loving wife, family and friends. Kyle was like a younger brother to me and I miss texting and speaking with him. He was one of the sweetest people I ever had to opportunity to meet and I'm so thankful for the friendship that we shared.
Byron E. Nash
Byron Edward Nash, as most would call him B-Nash, was born May 14, 1987 in Houston, TX. He was a young man that loved life and was full of life. He was a father, son, brother and friend. He loved to bring life to others through being a comedian or as we would like to say “just being himself.” He touched so many lives, made numerous friends and always sought to make people happy through his comedian style personality.
Byron dedicated his life to the Lord. He was a faithful member of his church all his life where he was a part of the choir, the young adult ushers, a leader in the Youth and Young Adult Group and also The Royal Ambassadors which was a support group for young men.
Byron grew up in Missouri City, TX where he graduated from Thurgood Marshall High and later went on to University of Texas San Antonio. He spent most of his time working at the Grocer’s Supply Company and taking care of his daughter Braylee Loreal. He loved his mother and called her (T-lady) meaning top lady in his life. With everything he did he wanted to make sure his T-lady and daughter were well cared for.
August 14, 2011 was the turning point in the life of Byron when he went to St Luke’s Emergency because he was experiencing back pain and saw blood in his urine. After undergoing a series of x-rays and diagnostic testing, he was told there was a mass taking up about 90 percent of his right kidney and that he should follow-up with an urologist. After following up with an Urologist at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic on August 29, 2011, Byron was informed he had renal medullary carcinoma and the kidney would have to be removed.
On September 6, 2011, Byron underwent surgery to remove the kidney and was scheduled for chemotherapy. After three rounds of chemotherapy it was determined the cancer had spread. On January 16, 2012, Byron lost his battle with this vicious cancer, but his life and story lives on.