Robert Gordon is a distinguished ex US Army Airborne Ranger serving 3 tours overseas and now serves his community as a Firefighter at Hunter AAF, GA. Most importantly, he is a loving father to three very beautiful children. 11 yrd Jazmine, 7 yrd Xavier, and 19 month old McKenna. He has never met a stranger, is a good loyal friend, and a very very dedicated family man. He coaches our sons football team as well as plays on his local fire departments recreational teams. As much as it hurts him year after year he is also a life long Dallas Cowboys fan. lol
Kidding aside, he is a great man and even better father!!
A month ago he was diagnosed with a very rear type of thyroid cancer called MTC (Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma). It is a cancer that attacks the C-Cells in the body and can spread to out reaching areas such as the liver, bones and lungs. The cancer is rare enough in which he has to be treated at the MD Anderson Cancer Center of Excellence. A week ago he flew out to MDA where they started his initial testing and staging. By the grace above, he was found to have caught it some what early and has a chance to pull through this with an operation by the countries best surgeon. This type of cancer is not one that goes into remission, but yet grows slowly. Chemotherapy and radiation do not work on MTC. So it is important that they cut out as much of it as possible. This means a total removal of the thyroid, a total neck dissection of the right side and a partial of the left. This surgery will add years to his life. Medical bills are medical bills and we as a family can pay them slowly as life goes on. It will be a huge strain, but for the kids to have their father it will be money well spent. We are asking for help with the cost associated with this unfortunate event. We have to travel and stay in Houston TX for the surgery. Flights, hotels, food, child care, lost wages, prepays, copays, surgical fees. It's amazing how many expenses arise when faced with something like this. On top of that. As if that wasn't enough to do it once, we will have to got back again in 6 months for post op scans. These are the things we need help with and if we raise extra then that will go towards the medical bills.
While traveling alone, his trip for the initial testing and diagnosis started on a Sunday and he returned that following Thursday . Just those 4 days lead to almost $1100 of out of pocket expenses and that was with him going by himself. This next trip will take us there for a full week and I will have to accompany him as a care giver for the flight home which will increase our expenses. As I am aware that most of the people that will see and read this understand what unexpected cost and lost wages can do to a family of 5. This is an extremely difficult time for us and he has been a rock. He is faced with missing out on his children growing up and I hope that we can get through this, together.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.