NORWALK - A local man battling a rare form of cancer is seeking treatment and the money to pay for it.

Christian Olsen, 33, has mesothelioma, which causes cancerous tumors.

Olsen says he had pain beneath the right side of his rib cage and was diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease in both his chest and abdomen.

Friends and family have donated and helped raise more than $17,000 in 10 days through

One of Olsen's doctors, Dr. Andrea Ruskin of Norwalk Hospital's Whittingham Cancer Center, says he is an amazing example of a patient who has learned all about his disease, taken control of his situation, and become his own patient advocate.

Olsen says he is trying to stay positive for his 5-year-old son and his 3-year-old daughter.