LONE TREE - A dying dad from Lone Tree and his family are sending out a plea for a cancer treatment that could save his life. The drug is not approved yet by the FDA, but is on breakthrough status, meaning it could come to market within the year. The problem is, Nick Auden says, he doesn't have that long.
The family created an outreach called "Save Locky's Dad."
Locky Auden, 7, loves playing with his dad - including tossing around a football.
Nick Auden also cherishes each moment with Locky and his other two children. Evan is 1 and Hayley is 5 years old.
But, Nick's doctors only give him from one to four months more to live. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma in 2011.
The family says their chance to beat it, came this summer when he was accepted into clinical trials. A new so called "wonder drug" with breakthrough status in development by Merck.
But just hours later, Nick was pulled from the trials when he developed complications and had to go into surgery.
Merck told the family the company doesn't have enough of the drug to distribute outside of the trials, but they told 9NEWS they're trying to speed up testing to help more patients.
The Auden family is worried that won't come in time for Nick, so they created an online petition and even made a YouTube plea: http://bit.ly/17xvjpR.
Support quickly grew and grew to nearly half a million signatures on change.org. They are asking for access to the cancer drug under compassionate use laws.
"I cannot imagine life without Nick and I can't tell the kids he's not here due to business reasons," his wife, Amy Auden, said.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is testing a similar drug but says there's not enough information about its effectiveness for compassionate use right now. Through the ups and downs, Nick's wife Amy will tell you he's the eternal optimist.
"The kids need their dad. I need him. I lost my father. I will not lose Nick as well," Amy said.
Hope and time compete with each other now. Time is running out, but hope is holding on.
"See them graduate, driving their first car, getting married. To me, that is the most important things in life, and I want to be there for that," Nick said.
Nick is still determined he will beat this.
"We are not at the end of the road yet," Nick said.
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