$21,910 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 39 months
Wallace Groover
on behalf of Don Kutschall
Let’s help Don Kutschall deal with his race against cancer.

Don is somewhat unique in that he has deep roots in both the arts and auto racing, two of the most supportive communities one could ask for. 

We are asking everyone who knows Don, particularly those who have had personal and professional interactions with him, to donate to his recovery and help alleviate the added financial stress of an already stressful time.

About 4 weeks ago Don was diagnosed with HPV Stage 4, Squamous Cell Carcinoma; a tumor at the base of his tongue.  Happily, other than a lump on his neck he has been asymptomatic to date.  That will start to change when his 5 day per week radiation treatments and once per week chemo treatments begin on January 27, with a current, planned ending, around March 11.  After the tumor has been eradicated, Don will also require a neck resection to remove lymph nodes near the tumor - though this should be a fairly simple procedure with a very quick recovery.  On January 13 Don had surgery to implant a chemo port, a Gastro feeding tube and examine the tumor.  Since then they have had to redo the Gtube port several times due to complications.

Don enters upon this journey with some definite advantages.  He is otherwise healthy, has the less aggressive HPV cancer, a positive attitude, a stellar group of physicians, insurance, a loving wife, faithful dog and very supportive friends.  

What he lacks is the ability to work over the next 2-3 months.  While some medical expenses will be covered, the balance will not.  As you know, he is a self-employed professional driver, racing coach and instructor and is only paid when he works.  Don and his wife anticipate a shortfall in excess of $20,000.

The prognosis for his cancer treatment is very positive.  Please join us in helping Don deal with the financial burdens thrust upon him as he...

 gears up for treatments and recovery - heading for victory at the checkered flag!  

Thank You All!
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Hi All! This is Don and I want to thank Wallace Groover and Liz Hollister for organizing this funding effort on my behalf. With the generous contribution from "Anon Anon" everyone has pushed us over the goal! Another time I will attempt to express my gratitude to everyone for assisting us in this challenging journey. For now Thank You one and all!! I am into the last two weeks of treatment, 10 radiations and 1 chemo! We are beating the beast, killing the cancer and winning this battle. The tumor has shrunk to less than 10% of its former specterous self and while it protests its demise will soon be an unfond memory!
Thanks again!
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Wow, thanks to everyone who has helped us achieve 75% of our goal in just a few days. Your generosity means so much to Don and Patti, relieves much of the fianancial pressure on them and allows them to focus on killing this cancer in short order! Please share with anyone whom you feel has not received the orininal post. Thanks to All!!
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$21,910 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 39 months
Created January 26, 2016
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Anne Cross
37 months ago

Love you, Don and feel better soon! Anne Cross

Adriann Anderson
38 months ago

Best wishes and prayers to you

Todd & Linda Snyder
38 months ago

Linda and I are very glad to hear that that the treatments are working and that you are on the road to recovery!

Richard Schaeffer
38 months ago

We pray for you everyday.

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