Dear Friends, It's Don's daughter Kathleen. I wanted to share with you that dad's journey on this Earth ended yesterday afternoon. His transition was peaceful. The family was blessed to enjoy a long farewell over the past several months, and we too, are at peace. Are hearts are aching yet filled with joy in celebration of a life lived to its fullest with kindness, compassion, humor, and love. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to offset the out-of-pocket costs of $76,481 for treatments not covered by insurance. Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Dear Friends, it's been awhile since I've posted because...well, I just didn't know what to say. Dad is in home hospice, resting comfortably. I'll be back visiting again in a few weeks. If you have a memory of Dad you would like to share for his Celebration of Life book, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations are still greatly appreciated. - Kathleen
Dear Friends, I wanted to share an idea with you: a celebration of life book for Dad. I'm pulling together your supportive posts from this site and Dad's Facebook page plus your lovely emails and cards. If you have a special thought that you would like to include - a few words, a memory, a poem, a song, a photo - please send to email@example.com. Thanks again for your love and support. It means the world. xoxo - Kathleen
We need to raise another $5,000 this month to cover the balance of Dad's vaccine. Feel free to share this link on your Facebook page and let's see if it will help spread the word for this month's fundraising sprint. Thanks!
An update from Mom...After Mexico, we headed to our place in Arizona, where Don got hit with pneumonia. The illness caused a major setback in his recovery. The good news is, he licked the pneumonia. His strength and stamina, however, are proving difficult to re-energize. We're back home in Washington to focus on recovery. Don is looking stronger everyday. We want to thank you for your continued support - Lucille.
Hey, Friends, Is anyone experienced producing fundraising events? We've raised an impressive amount, yet we still have a long way to go. It's time to expand our reach beyond this fabulous site. I have a few ideas, but need some help to bring them to fruition. If you'd like to collaborate, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring at 415-608-1752. Thanks!
We are back in Mexico - with beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine - for my next round of treatments.
I had a blood draw when we arrived and the count is now down to 11. So it seems the therapy is working. Before we departed, I had an MRI, the results of which are inconclusive. The doctors informed me that the swelling from the previous radiation therapy is making it difficult to compare this MRI with the first one from September.
Consequently, in addition to building more vaccine, my treatments here have focused on reducing the swelling through the use of various therapies and steroids. Reducing the swelling should also help to improve my balance.
So, the journey continues. We leave for AZ tomorrow, where we plan to stay for 3 months. I'm scheduled for follow-up visits in February and March, and then I'll be back again in June or July.
We believe we made the right decision in coming here for treatment and we want to thank you for making this journey possible. We wouldn't be able to do this without your financial support.
Dear Friends, Monday is a big day for Dad. He is scheduled for an MRI in the US, then heads back to Mexico for another round of treatments...which appear to be working. During Dad's recent medical exam, his US neurosurgeon said the tumor appears to have stopped growing. Incredible! The journey continues. And so do our fundraising efforts. If you feel comfortable, please share a link to this page so we can build momentum for the next round of fundraising: post it on Facebook, Tweet it, email it, whatever feels right for you. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and continued support. Dad's amazing progress couldn't happen without you.
Happy New Year, Friends. Here's the latest from the Don Barrows household. Dad continues to focus on rebuilding his strength and stamina. On Sunday, when his muscles weren't cooperating, he was unable to attend mass to conduct his final pre-retirement numbers with the church choir, so the choir came to him. The house was filled with music, food, and the antics of this fun-loving bunch, which included a musical skit to celebrate Dad's retirement as St. Vincent de Paul's choir director. The skit was set to the tune of "So Long, Farewell," from Rogers' and Hamerstein's, The Sound of Music. How very fitting. Because Dad often tells me, "When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window." Thanks again for your continued support.
Dear Friends, what an amazing Christmas. Carolers serenaded Dad on Sunday night and packed a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree full of letters and donations. Thank you Carolee Mayne for making the magic happen. It was captured by Andy Hobbs in the local paper. You can read all about it here: http://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/184640781.html.
Dad was in his element at Midnight Mass, directing the brass and conducting a few numbers, including the Hallelujah Chorus. Thank you for making this a very Merry Christmas for our family. Your love and support are overwhelming.
A warm message from Don Barrows - Flying home tomorrow after six weeks and looking forward to directing my church choir on Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I so appreciate your support and prayers. God be praised!
Dear friends, Great news. The cutting-edge cancer therapies are working! Dad will be home for Christmas. But his journey has just begun. He needs to return to Mexico every month for the foreseeable future for follow-on treatments. We've only hit 12% of our fundraising goal to cover the costs of his therapies. We need your help now more than ever. Please share the link to help us spread the word.
Words don't do it; do they.
One of the greatest joys of my life was singing with Don and the Federal Way Chorale. I can still hear that first chord we sang together and the next half step and then up from there! And, words still won't do it.
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