Ashley Butler’s Story

The following was sent by Rhett Butler, Dallas/Denton-based guitarist concerning his brother Ashley and his struggle with cancer. If you order a CD or set, I promise you won’t be sorry . . . 

Dear Friends,
Many of you have followed my brother Ashley’s story with dedication and compassion. We have received thousands of emails of encouragement and prayers. I have always been moved by the good will from this mailing list.  Thank you.
Since November of 2004, I have been sending out emails updating my brother’s struggle with sarcoma (soft tissue cancer).  These emails have been an outlet for me during times of intense stress. Ashley has had 4 major surgeries during that time and I bet that you have come to expect to receive an email once every 15 months with “Please Pray for Ashley” in the subject line. 
As I mentioned a few emails ago, his doctor at MD Anderson released Ashley saying that there was nothing more that they would do for him. This also happened in 1982 when Texas Children’s Hospital told my parents the same thing. This response to Ashley’s condition is just as unacceptable today as it was 28 years ago. 
Ashley’s oncologist, who took him on back then and who has been with him ever since, Dr. Jordan Wilbur was also unwilling to accept this prognosis. In a matter of days he found a great surgeon at UCSF who would attempt the surgery to remove the tumor from his lung. The surgery was a success but Ashley’s struggle is far from finished.
This Saturday, Ashley will be traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel to meet with Dr. Shimon Slavin. Dr. Slavin is the world’s most renowned stem cell and immunotherapy expert. He is the guru on the subject. In 2007 Dr. Slavin opened a clinic that uses the most advanced and experimental treatments for cancer that are available. Most of these are not available in the US because the FDA (and big PHARMA) have not approved them. An example of these new treatments is using donor white blood cells to attack the cancer. You can learn more about it here:
Your first thought may be, like mine was while researching this stuff, is insurance going to pay for this?  The answer is no.  We expect to pay around $100,000 for his treatment.
In order to do my part, I have created, “The Kid from Kilkenny” Box Set – Collector’s Edition. This set includes the 5 CDs of original music that I have produced while Ashley has been fighting this cancer (The Kid from Kilkenny, Live at Houston Northwest, In this World, Spend It All and The Atlantis Assignment). In addition, the collection includes a 20 page booklet chronicling how his condition has influenced my music and life during the past 5 years.
The price is $45.  CLICK HERE.

Every penny is going to help pay for Ashley’s medical expenses. The box sets will ship late this month.
If you already have all of the CDs and would like to make a contribution – CLICK HERE
OR you can stop by the website and pick up an individual CD that you don’t have – CLICK HERE.
I have hired a publicity firm and in the next few weeks we are going to start a publicity campaign to promote the box set. I will be performing concerts at churches and other appropriate venues to tell Ashley’s story. My goal is to sell 2,000 box sets. If you are a member of a church that you think would be interested in hosting this type of concert, please let me know.
Ashley has to have his chance to live and to keep this cancer from returning. Thank you for helping us to make sure that he gets it.
Rhett Butler

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  2 comments for “Ashley Butler’s Story

  1. December 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Very touchy post.
    I wish Ashley Butler and her brother all the best in their fight against tough situations of life.

  2. December 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    I hope they do well. Medical expenses are known to take a toll on families.
    Good Luck to Ashley

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