Bryan Massengale, of Dayton, Tennessee, stands on his family’s 100-year-old farm that he borrowed money against in order to get proton therapy treatments for prostate cancer.
The Shopper News published an article this week about a Dayton, Tennessee man who went to great lengths to take his health into his own and fight for the cancer treatment he felt was best for him – proton therapy. Bryan Massengale has been a public school teacher for 30 years in Rhea County and is a bassonist with the Tennessee Wind Symphony. At his young age, he wanted the most effective and least damaging treatment possible for his prostate cancer. When faced with the options given to him by doctors, he instead chose proton therapy, but had to borrow money against his family’s 100-year-old farm to afford treatments. The insurance he’d been paying into for 30 years of his career refused to pay for proton therapy treatments at the nearest treatment center at the time in Jacksonville, Florida. Click here to read his compelling story.