Randy's Wish - to Be at Home!

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Raised by 71 people in 74 months

This is my very brave, sweet, loving brother, Randy, who is 55 and in the final stages of a very aggressive and rare type of colon cancer - appendiceal cancer (originating in the appendix).  Diagnosed at Stage 4 a little over 2 yrs ago, he has been at MD Anderson in Houston receiving chemo treatments, has undergone a devastating clinical trial and finally, hospice services.  As his body is being taken over by the cancer, his wish is to be at home - the house he grew up in - to spend his final days.  He and his devoted wife Caroline moved into my parents house a week ago, where they will be until the end.  Randy is in need of 24 hour nursing care and this is not covered by his insurance.  My parents are in their 80's and as any parent would do for a dying child, would move Heaven and earth to make Randy happy and grant his wish to be at home.  The nursing care costs over $400/day ($2,800 per week!) and my parents are spending their savings to cover the cost.  Thank you to all who have asked what they can do to help... in addition to your prayers, this is the best thing that can be done to help Randy out.  Please find it in your heart to contribute to making Randy's final wish possible, until he passes on to be with the angels.  There is a CaringBridge site ( http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/randyfurlong/mystory) that is updated with Randy's progress and setbacks.  Feel free to visit and see what a great man, son, brother, uncle and cousin he is and leave a message of your own if you are moved to do so.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated...    

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Randy's brave battle with cancer ended today... He passed away this afternoon and was surrounded by his loving family. We will miss his brilliance, humor, love and wonderful personality. The funds that were so generously donated covered his in home care expenses almost down to the dollar! I thank each of you beyond words...

A memorial service will be held in mid May to celebrate Randy's life. I will post details here (once they are decided) for anyone who would like to attend.

Thank you again for your open hearts and kindness!

Lynn
(Randy's sister)
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Today marks the start of week #4 that Randy has been able to be at home! We are so blessed to have had this unexpected time with him and thankful for the incredibly generous donations that have made it possible to grant his wish to be at home! His condition is declining, so every day is a gift...
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I saw Randy this weekend and it's so sad to see his body shutting down... He's lost the strength in his legs and cannot hold his head up any longer. His times of lucidity are limited, but he seems to transfer easily between participating in a present day conversation to communicating in a world that we don't have the ability to "see" yet. I like to think he's talking to loved ones who have passed before him and they are letting him know that the next stop on his journey is a safe and loving place to be, when he's ready to join them...
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I am so happy - the money raised covers just under 4 weeks of in-home nursing care! Thanks to all of the wonderfully generous people, this gives my retired parents and the rest of us peace of mind as we continue to hope and pray for Randy to be at home for the duration... It makes Randy so happy and contented to be with loved ones :-) My heart goes out to you all!
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Raised by 71 people in 74 months
Created March 31, 2013
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