Tom Leth Support Fund

$13,770 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 14 months
Sharon Blaschka
on behalf of Marshall Schoth
 OAKLAND, CA

Friends,

This past week, Tom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with metastasis to the liver.   The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as he went from having symptoms to testing to receiving this diagnosis in just 2-3 weeks.   His oncologist has recommended an aggressive chemo regimen and Tom has jumped on board starting chemo on Dec 16th - just 3 days after hearing his doctor's recommendation.  

Tom. Is. A. Fighter!

He is doing everything the docs tell him to do, taking what the cancer is throwing at him as well as the chemo.  To say "It is a difficult road" is an understatement.  This treatment is very expensive. Even with insurance, the first round of just the chemo meds totaled nearly $3000 out of pocket.    SIX rounds of chemo are recommended which means $18,000 out of pocket - and this is only the chemo regimen.  Obviously, there are other costs involved.   Additionally,  there are lost wages in the mix making the expenses even more overwhelming.  

I am setting up this GoFundMe account to help with these out of pocket expenses.   Tom is not one to ask for this type of assistance and he initially said no when I mentioned it.  When we picked up the prescriptions last Friday,  and the woman told us the total, Tom charged it then later agreed that the fund is a good idea.  This and other costs add up quickly and any financial assistance you are able to provide will be very much appreciated and is certainly very needed.   $3000 has already been billed and this cost will occur every 3 weeks so we are hoping to at least get $6000 by January 5th when he needs to pay for the next round of meds at the Kaiser pharmacy.

If you would like to support Tom & Tommy in other ways, please see the support site for updates and requests.     Meals dropped at the house every other day will be helpful.  (every day is too much).   Foods such as casseroles, pot pies, soups and stews that are high in protein are probably best.  I can provide updates on that when we see what works well.  For those who don't know me, my name is Sharon and I have known Tom for 10 years.  Our kids went to preschool together and we have kept in touch since.  I am a Nurse Practitioner working in liver transplant and am familiar with this diagnosis and treatment.   I live about 1/2 mile away from Tom & Tommy and have been helping him through this from the beginning of his symptoms.  I am happy to answer questions if you would like to get in touch with me.
One thing Tom is not up to at the moment is unannounced visitors.  Please see the Caring Bridge website for more info.   There is contact information there.
Thank you, very sincerly.
It does indeed take a village.  <3  

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Tonight, the "program" will be sharing memories to celebrate how Tom lived his life. Please bring a memory to share. If you aren't into speaking, you may write it down and someone will read it. With the overwhelming response, we are removing the tables and putting chairs along the wall. This will make for a very social, friendly atmosphere - exactly the set up that Tom would love to see. He enjoyed being around friends so much. You are advised to dress warmly, bring an umbrella, and drive safe.
See you soon,
Sharon
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All - We are requesting any photos you may have of your family to put in a memory book for Tommy. We will like to put your photo in the page of the book where you will sign on Friday. Please bring one if you can! If you don't have an actual photo, print one from your computer - or send it and I will print it for you.
Thanks.
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Friends -
RSVPs needed. If you have NOT RSVPd via Facebook or email, please do so and indicate the number of people coming. (sharonb_fnp@yahoo.com) Tom was well loved and we will have a full house. Chairs will be along the sides of the room and tables will be removed for space. Food and drink provided, so please RSVP so I can order enough. Thank you!! It will be a full house but one full of love for our friend.
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Our Celebration of Tom is this Friday night. Please consider bringing a memory to share. A memory that you consider "so Tom!" Sharing memories keeps our loved ones alive in our hearts. We need all kinds - silly, funny, serious, embarrassing, warm & fuzzy, examples of friendship, etc. Food and drink will be provided, and we all provide the memories to honor and celebrate our friend. If you rather not use the microphone, write it down and someone will share it for you. Thank you.
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Jill Prather
13 months ago

We sadly will be out of town for Tom'a services, but our hearts and thoughts will be with Tommy and the family. Sharon, I will put together something for Tommy's memory book and send to you. - Jill, Ed, TK, Hideki & Megumi Prather

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Amy Crawford
13 months ago

We are so sorry to hear this and are sending love to Tommy and his family. Please share any ways we can help, as well as information about services. Lou, Wes, Rich & Amy

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Enes Ceric- Cera
13 months ago

Sharon - So sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tommy and his family. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Izzy, Lane and Enes

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Jason Klein
13 months ago

Tom. . .sending strength, love and healing thoughts. If we can do anything for you or Tommy, please let us know.

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Rita Cecaci
13 months ago

Tom and Tommy you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Let us know if there is anything you need at any time. We are right across the street.

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$13,770 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 14 months
Created December 19, 2016
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$200
Zev Black
11 months ago

Our thoughts are with Tommy and his family. What a loss for the entire community.

$25
Jana Maiuri
12 months ago

Much love and support to Tommy at this time.

JN
$50
Joelle Nadle
12 months ago

Much love

JH
$50
John Hunter
13 months ago

We are fighting alongside with you. Go Tom!

KR
$100
Ken Rogers
13 months ago

EM
$100
Elan Masliyah
13 months ago

Tom, haven't had the pleasure of meeting you, but I know you are part of the Glenview community. All the best to you in your fight.

Jill Prather
13 months ago

We sadly will be out of town for Tom'a services, but our hearts and thoughts will be with Tommy and the family. Sharon, I will put together something for Tommy's memory book and send to you. - Jill, Ed, TK, Hideki & Megumi Prather

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Amy Crawford
13 months ago

We are so sorry to hear this and are sending love to Tommy and his family. Please share any ways we can help, as well as information about services. Lou, Wes, Rich & Amy

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Enes Ceric- Cera
13 months ago

Sharon - So sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tommy and his family. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Izzy, Lane and Enes

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Jason Klein
13 months ago

Tom. . .sending strength, love and healing thoughts. If we can do anything for you or Tommy, please let us know.

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Rita Cecaci
13 months ago

Tom and Tommy you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Let us know if there is anything you need at any time. We are right across the street.

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