Randall W. HawsRandall W. Haws
Keyboardist • Pianist • Singer • Songwriter • Web Designer • Web Developer • Certified Protective Intelligence Specialist • Certified Security Specialist • Certified Protection Specialist • Personal Protection Officer • Private Investigator

When Things Went Badly

The first sign that something was not right happened on July 26, 2015, when I electively had a Heart Calcium Score test performed. The results revealed a perfect heart and score of 0 (zero), but several unexpected nodules and nodes were accidentally discovered in the lungs.

In just 2 months' time with an emergency visit to my doctor, and only a month prior to my scheduled follow up scan to see if the nodules and nodes were growing and cancerous, my entire life suddenly changed on October 1, 2015 with My Cancer Diagnosis that revealed a 15cm x 15cm x 14cm metastatic mass in my left kidney, with numerous lesions in the lungs (the largest being 2cm), and 3 lesions within my brain (the largest being 3.5cm).

I was rushed to the hospital on October 2, 2015 and soon underwent a craniotomy to remove the large lesion in the brain, which was causing system-wide complications and failures that if left untreated could have caused serious injuries or even death due to the excessive edema (swelling) in the brain.

Looking back it is scary to think that had I not been hospitalized so quickly, I would have probably experienced severe life-threatening issues, or even died a short time later from the continued swelling in my brain that was causing such serious system-wide complications.

Read more about My Cancer Journey.


Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. If you are a first time visitor or if things look differently than the last time you stopped by, whether it has been weeks, months or years, you should know that my life has been adversely affected due to late Stage IV kidney cancer (metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma) that has also metastasized to my lungs and brain.

Why no more DFW Studios?

Due to My Cancer Diagnosis, and the declining number of web hosting clients and freelance clients since 2011, I decided to shut down DFW Studios as of October 2015 after more than 17 years of operation and support. What that means is that while I am fighting my cancer, I no longer have the time for any side work, freelance or contract projects. All of my time is being devoted to fighting my cancer and staying alive as long as possible, as well as trying to get better so that I may come off of medical leave at my employer and get back to delivering on my obligations and projects.

What am I doing right now?

I am in Home Hospice Care. After much trial and error from October through the first part of January 19, 2016, I have centered in on a prudent protocol for additional alternative nutrition, supplements and treatments to help me boost and reawaken my immune system. Unfortunately, TKI (or "Tyrosine-kinase inhibitor") therapy along with another second line of immunotherapy, which the main course of medical treatment at this time is no longer helping to control and slow the cancer and its metastases. Home Hospice Care seemed the best course of action. on January 19, 2016.

Why Do I Ask For Donations?

I am asking for donations to help me fight my cancer because insurance does not cover everything, especially my alternative treatments. It costs money to be sick. Essentially, you have to be rich to be sick, or have piles of cash laying around to even have a decent shot at successfully fighting cancer.

Why Provide So Little Details?

I am an extremely private person and take every aspect of my privacy, and those assisting me, seriously. Therefore, in most of the content contained within this website, certain details about people, places and things are left out and generalized in the interest of privacy and security. So details like hospitals, doctors, specific drugs, prescriptions, supplements, and other alternative aspects to my treatments will likely not be included in the content of this website. I also do not want to be a target for exploring alternative cancer treatments while also being subject to persecution and investigation for sharing granular details regarding what I am doing and what I am taking and why.

So What is Next For Me?

I am trying to do everything in my power to stay alive and keep my brain sharp and free from future lesions so that I may continue My Cancer Journey and fight until there is no more cancer remaining — a total longshot. Realistically, based on the statistics for my type of cancer (Stage IV metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma), the Western medical establishment sees my condition as terminal with an average lifespan of about 15 months (3 of which I've alread used up), give or take a few months depending on my ability to deal with the side effects and any complications from my treatments and their associated drugs. I will relentlessly strive for much more time than that, so please Help Me Fight Cancer.

Am I in This Alone?

No. Not at all. I have a wonderful best friend, who is also my girlfriend of nearly two years, who has been the foundation and strength throughout this cancer journey. Without her, I would have surely not made it this far. She has been such a trooper and sacrificed a lot of her time and effort to stop her life and assist me these past few months. I am truly thankful that she will be by my side as I live out my remaining days.

I also have a decent support group ranging from friends and neighbors to my supervisor and other employees that I have worked with the past 20 months.

There are also some old band members from the 80s and 90s that I have kept in touch with that will participate in recording an album after my death using the piano recordings that I am creating in my last weeks of life.