Tom Brady Rookie Card Saves Day for Dying Single Dad
- Scott Weaver, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last year, is auctioning off a Tom Brady rookie card for his girls aged 10 and 18.
- Weaver, a Lyft driver, says that he was not that excited when he first got the card as he was a Rams fan.
- A similar Tom Brady rookie card sold at auction in April for just under $2.3 million.
Scott Weaver is auctioning off the autographed relic so that it can hopefully provide for his two daughters if he loses his battle with multiple myeloma.Read More
Weaver was diagnosed with the disease in early 2020 when doctors noticed something was off while running blood work ahead of a heart procedure. Soon after, he began chemotherapy in order to get a bone marrow transplant that would hopefully save his life.
It seems, however, that the bone marrow transplant did not rid his body of the cancer.
He will have one less thing to worry about though with the auction at Heartland later this month because the same Tom Brady rookie card sold for $2.252 million at an auction in April.
His daughters have been returning the favor as well, trying to raise funds for their dad as he battles cancer.
“For those of you that know my dad, you know he is an incredibly nice guy who loves talking with people, especially if its about music or the St. Louis Blues,” wrote his daughter Jesse on a GoFundMe campaign she created last year.
“He began driving full-time for Lyft a few years ago and loves it. The job fits his personality perfectly. He loves telling stories, learning about his passengers, and most of all, sharing his sense of humor. He can put a smile on anyone’s face.”
He is now hoping to put a smile on his daughters’ faces, with bidding on Tom Brady’s rookie card at close to $175,000 with two weeks remaining in the auction.
Weaver also admits that as a St Louis Rams fan he was a bit disappointed when he got Tom Brady’s rookie card in a surprise box of player cards. That was of course after Brady and the Patriots defeated the Rams with a last second field goal in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI.
How to Cover Cancer Bills
For those who do not have a Tom Brady rookie card, the cost of treating cancer a painful side-effect of the disease. Now there is a new prediction that the financial burden of cancer is going to increase another 30% in the next decade. With treatment costs that can average $100,000 per year, how can patients cope?
A lot of the headache when it comes to paying for cancer comes from convincing insurance companies that they need to pay for certain treatments and tests.
Dr. Allyson Ocean, a medical oncologist at Weill Cornell, says she is on the phone with insurance companies nearly every day trying to make sure her patients can get the treatment they need, and get it paid for.
Dr. Allyson Ocean, a Medical Oncologist at Weill Cornell, previously told Survivor Net that she is on the phone with insurance companies nearly everyday.
“My best advice to work around the system of whether or not drugs or tests can be covered for cancer is to make sure you have an advocate in your field working for you,” said Dr. Ocean. “The frustrating part for me is that sometimes we even have to educate the insurance companies and say, ‘There’s a reason why I want to use this medicine.’”
Connect With a Social Worker
Dr. Nina Shah, a hematologist at the University of California San Francisco, told SurvivorNet that when it comes to the high costs associated with cancer treatment—sometimes called “financial toxicity”—it can be helpful for patients to speak with social workers.
“The best way to look at this and find the resources that are available is to speak with the social worker associated with [your cancer center],” Dr. Shah said. “Because that person usually knows what resources are available and what you can do to access them.”
NBC’s Tom Brokaw is living with multiple myeloma. But the drugs that allow him to live well with cancer are incredibly expensive.
Ask About Patient Assistance Programs
Physicians and the navigators who help patients say that when it comes to the cost of a specific cancer drug or treatment, the assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies can offer help to those of us who can’t afford the full cost.
Most big drug companies have programs like these in place. While there may be maximum income thresholds, it can be useful to simply ask. In the case of newer medications, drugmakers often will make exceptions as they want as many people as possible taking their products.
Navigating approval criteria can be very tricky—an example of a circumstance in which social workers can be a big help.
Get In Touch With Foundations Set-Up To Help With Bills
There are a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations that have programs in place to financially support those who can’t pay for the costs associated with their care. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation, for instance, reimburses patients for the costs associated with clinical trial participation, and other organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community may help patients secure lodging and travel for their care.
Be Wary About Crowdfunding
Increasingly, patients have been turning to online platforms such as GoFundMe to crowdfund donations to help cover the costs of care. These websites give patients the opportunity to share their story widely in the hopes of encouraging people to donate money.
But according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, these efforts often fall short. The study found that the average “goal” that patients set on their GoFundMe pages is $10,000, but the average amount raised only $2,125—less than a quarter of the goal “ask.”
Some people, to be sure, do experience success: One 16-year-old girl who solicited donations to help pay for her lymphoma treatment was surprised by a $10,000 donation from her favorite superstar, Taylor Swift. But as the new study makes clear, those stories of patients who are able to successfully raise enough money through crowdfunding efforts to cover the cancer bills are few and far between.
Unlike the uncertain nature of online crowdfunding, people like social workers and nonprofit workers will advocate for you reliably (plus, they genuinely want to — it’s the job they chose after all).