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Help Don, Kat and I Beat Cancer

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Raised by 55 people in 4 months
Please Help Don, Kat and I Beat Cancer!

Thank you for taking time to learn about my brother’s fight against cancer. I am Jan Lawrence, and I have started this campaign to help my brother Don and his wife Kathy in his battle against cancer.

When I first mentioned Go Fund Me, Don and Kat thought the people in hurricane damaged Houston and here in Jacksonville needed the money more than they did and dismissed it.  Somehow, and don’t ask me how, they always pull it out with God’s help.  That’s before we found out that Don will be out of work for at least 6 months and maybe as long as a year while he undergoes treatment and recovery from stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue. Kathy and Don are a couple that go out of their way to help everyone. They have never met a stranger and are willing to share all that they have with anyone who needs it and now they need your help.



They feel blessed. It is a cancer with an 85% cure rate and it will mean 6 weeks of chemo and radiation.  6 weekly chemo treatments and 30 days of radiation.  The treatment could cause a temporary loss of voice and difficulty eating and swallowing due to the radiation of the throat.  But its only 6 weeks and with your help, he will be at about 70 percent after 6 months and close to normal after 12 months. With our help they will beat cancer and be able to get back to helping others.

Kat works at Wells Fargo, in government banking, and has medical insurance and Don started a woodturning business, Studio 5032, a little more than 3 years ago, so we all know where that is! The bills have been astronomical even with the insurance. It has stretched their finances and we are just getting ready to start.  So far, 2 biopsies, sonogram, throat scans, CT scan, Pet scan, 20% copays, 2 inpatient procedures, we are getting ready to see our 7th doctor, it has been almost $10,000 so far and it all starts again in January. 

We have calculated that $50,000 dollars will get them through this.  Don will beat this cancer; Kathy and I will be at his side until we accomplish that goal.  If there are funds left over we will donate that to others in need. We appreciate your help and support in this battle.
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I am so sorry it has been so long in providing an update. If you would like to follow the journey more closely you can check in with my blog at www.cancerguy.blog For those of you not following, the healing process has been more difficult that I could have imagined. We have reached more than a third of our goal and that got us comfortably through 2017 medical bills, the holidays and some unexpected auto repairs.

Thank you for your assistance, prayers and generosity. So far 54 people have assisted in the campaign through private donations, Go Fund Me Donations, and purchases of our work - we have been blessed by your kindness. As a result of your gifts I have completed my treatments and am going through the process of recovery. When they told me it would be 6 months to a year to recover I had no idea what that meant. I am quickly learning what 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy to your mind and body and how that can't be adequately explained without the benefit of experience.

We are now into 2018 and the first of the scans and testing are just around the corner. This month I have the first PET scan and testing to see how effective the treatment has been. We also start the new deductibles and co-pays so, again, I find myself needing to ask for your prayers and financial help to continue the journey. I also ask you to please share this request in the hopes that we can expand our circle of friends and helpers that we need to overcome this hurdle.

Thank you again from Kat, Jan and I for all that you have done to get us this far - God bless you all!

Don
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Your prayers and contributions have gotten us through the treatment phase. As we head towards a cure we are so grateful for all that you have done to help us get this far! Please take a moment to share the campaign to help us get there.
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We continue to be humbled by your generosity. Please share to your page to continue helping. God Bless You All!
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$300 this week! Thank you for your kindness and support!
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