Hoaglund Family Fund

$5,800 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 39 months
Ivan Barra  RACINE, WI
Darnell and Melissa are very good friends of ours. In fact, they are very good friends to MANY people. That's why we're rallying to help them and their family.

The backstory
Darnell and Melissa met in high school, fell in love and got married. Some would say the odds were stacked against them, but those people have been proven wrong. They've taken what life has to throw at them and, grounded in faith, been able to get through.

When they had their first daughter, Haley, she was born with something called "bladder extrophy". It meant many long days, nights and time spent at Children's Hospital. And surgeries.

Not many can understand the feeling of helplessness when you know your child has pain and you're unable to relieve it. Or, as a parent, grasping for hope when you see your child wheeled away out of your care on a gurney...surrendering them over to surgeons. And yet, that's what Darnell and Melissa have done.

When they had their youngest, Isaiah, they discovered that he learned and did things differently. Seeking answers they found one they would have liked not to have had: Isaiah is "autistic".

But diagnoses aside, their story carries another "label"...and that is "L-O-V-E." If anyone's been around them, it's evident that big brother Jeremiah is there for all his siblings and friends (kind of like his Dad!),and Savannah, the youngest girl, has a sweet heart of gold.

Darnell is the sole breadwinner and provider in this family. He's quite the crack-up too (I don't think I know a funnier person in my life!) And yet when I was at my absolute lowest point in my life, Darnell was there. That sums up the type of person and character he has.

Darnell's diagnosis
On June 18th, Darnell was diagnosed with a high grade Sarcoma. He had surgery less than a week later. The doctor's wanted to be aggressive and get "it" before "it" could get Darnell. As soon as he was able, he then started radiation...

Melissa, his wife of 40 years (not really, but MAN, they've been together a LOOONNNGGG time!), has had to witness her Superman succumb to Kryptonite. She's asked questions. And she's done her fair share of worrying of course, because worry is normal. And she wasn't the only one worried because to a lot of people, Darnell IS Superman. We can't imagine the world without him. We need him.

How we can help
Now that you know the story of challenges, fear, heartbreak, worry, labels and L-O-V-E, I'm asking you to consider something. Consider putting on your cape next to Superman and his family and say, "We've got you COVERED!"

The greatest needs are financial at this point. Darnell has been weakened by Monday through Friday radiation treatments over the course of 7+ weeks . He's been out of work since June with only a few checks coming in that are a FRACTION of his income. And he has a family of 6 to consider providing for.

Wish List
The wish list I came up with is not exhaustive, but will give you an idea of ways you can help. I understand that most of us aren't made of money, so please don't be scared by large numbers. I've included them as a guide to know what you'd be able to help with when you give. Give what you can and don't hold back. Superman and his family are counting on you.

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Update 3
Posted by Ivan Barra
38 months ago
Alrighty folks...just a few more days until our benefit dinner. If you're unable to make it, but would like to help, please click on the pic below. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Hoaglund Family. Thanks!
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Update 2
Posted by Ivan Barra
38 months ago
Hey folks, only 6 more days until the Benefit. If you haven't considered an online contribution, now would be a great time. ALL PROCEEDS go directly to the Hoaglund family. Thanks!

Short film: https://vimeo.com/75454809

Flier: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nxew1s09m83cw31/Hoaglund Family Flier.pdf
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Update 1
Posted by Ivan Barra
39 months ago
Hey folks. Wanted to let you know that Darnell has another few weeks of treatment left. Please consider helping!
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$5,800 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 39 months
Created September 14, 2013
Tom Fredericks
38 months ago
38 months ago
Jackie Martinez
38 months ago
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38 months ago (Offline Donation)


38 months ago
Megan Zoller
38 months ago

Praying for you guys! Sending my love. xo

Barbara Neilson
38 months ago

I hope this helps. Hugs to the family and many positive thoughts your way

Mara Gilmore
39 months ago

Praying for you all, constantly. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Lucy and Don Carlson
39 months ago

Darnell and Missy - Praying for FULL recovery. During my (Lucy's) struggles, I cling to Isaiah 43: 1-3 Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you be name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Sharon Hill
39 months ago

Better days ahead!!

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