As some of you may know, my dad (Dave) went in to the ER at the beginning of Feb. 2014 for what he thought was a mini-stroke. A week and a half later and after multiple tests, he was diagnosed with the most aggressive and deadliest of the Glioma Brain Cancers called Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 (GBM for short). We found out he was fighting for his life. Surgery was scheduled to take place 2 weeks later and on Feb. 27th the Neurosurgeon was able to remove 100% of the visible tumor. Because of the tumor's location and the trauma from the surgery, my dad is now in a wheelchair. The right side of his body (arm and leg) are basically useless now. The doctors "think" that he may get some mobility back, but we have been told this can take up to 6 months to a year as the brain tries to make new connections. We have also been told that he will most likely never be back to the way he was prior to surgery. He will be starting Chemo and Radiation in a few weeks to try to kill off the remainder of the cancer cells. Unfortunately because of the aggressivenss of this type of Cancer, we have been told it will grow back and it's just a question of when.
(Photo taken Feb. 28, 2014, 1 day after surgery)
(Photo of Zach pushing my dad around in his wheelchair @ Rehab)
That said, my parents are going to be dealing with a HUGE life change. They live in a 2 story condo and the shower is upstairs so it's not ideal living conditions for someone in a wheelchair. My brother Kevin and I thought that by setting up a fundraiser to help our parents pay for their large medical yearly maximum co-payment, the need to purchase a medical bed or electric recliner for their downstairs area, the need to purchase a stairlift chair to get my dad upstairs for showers, etc., the need for transporation for hire, and the likelyhood that my mom will need to hire private nurses to help her with my dad once he is released from Rehab to their home.
This has been so overwhelming for our family as this has all come on so sudden. We feel like the stress of their huge medical bills and dad's upcoming medical needs should be the least of their worries during this diffucult time. I'm sure their needs will surpass $25K, but this is a start and will at least help them purchase the stairlift, pay their deductable and help them purchase an adjustable bed or electric recliner for their downstairs area.
Any amount will help so please pass this on to any and all.
Thank you so, so much!
Jen (daughter), Kevin (son), Steve (son-in-law), Tara (daughter in-law), Zach & Alex (Grandsons)
(Photo in Rehab - Kevin brought a D&D game and gamers to keep my dad's mind off of things for a few hours).
(Photo taken during my dad's first visit home since his surgery. Dave's Grandson's sporting their new T-Shirts. "I wear Grey for my Grandpa" - March 16, 2014)