Texas 25-Year-Old Seeks Life-Saving Treatment

Cancer was the last thing on the mind of this 25-year-old from San Antonio, Texas. Healthy and active, Jason Serchay enjoyed running marathons and stayed busy while pursuing a graduate degree in cybersecurity.

In 2021, when he and a friend were on a trip to Colorado, Jason became uncharacteristically exhausted just one mile into a hike. Not long after that, Jason discovered swelling in his testicles and went to his physician. An ultrasound showed that Jason had stage 3 testicular cancer.

“I was in shock,” Jason described. The life he knew suddenly came to a halt. But the wonderful support of his family and friends helped him get through many difficult months of chemotherapy and surgeries. Finally, Jason completed his treatments and life began to return to normal. He went back to school and even began to grow hair again.

But his remission was short-lived. Just two months later, scans showed cancer again.

Dr. Larry Einhorn, right, takes the time to visit with his patient, Jason.
Dr. Larry Einhorn, right, takes the time to visit with his patient, Jason.

That’s when Jason and his family learned about Dr. Lawrence Einhorn, a physician at the IU Simon Cancer Center and the world’s leading expert in testicular cancer. It was a tough decision, but Jason decided to make the 1,100-mile trip to Indianapolis for almost two months of treatment that he hoped would save his life. “I had the mindset of a fighter,” Jason shared. “I was determined to do what I had to do.”

Getting ready for the trip was overwhelming for Jason’s mom, Mary, a registered nurse, struggled to make travel arrangements and take time off work. But a huge burden was lifted when, just two days before their flight to Indianapolis, Mary and Jason found out that an apartment at Fair Haven would be ready for them when they arrived.

“We came here alone, but Fair Haven made us feel like part of a family,” Jason shared. “The cozy apartment was so welcoming and comfortable and clean. It made me feel good. I felt God there.” The apartment would be a refuge for Mary and Jason during weeks of intensive, high-dose chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants.

Jason and his mom Mary found refuge at their Fair Haven apartment.
Jason and his mom Mary found refuge at their Fair Haven apartment.

Jason and his mom recently returned to San Antonio, but they will never forget their time in Indianapolis and their home-away-from-home at Fair Haven.

“Fair Haven to me means family,” Jason shared. “I felt like you had our backs.”

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