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Help Don and Kat Beat Cancer

$8,000 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 7 months
Please Help Don and Kat Beat Cancer!

Let me start by saying Thank You!  56 friends, acquaintances and strangers have contributed & $7,750 to help us fight my cancer.  You have raised almost 40% of our goal.  Because of your kindness and giving we finished treatment and have begun the recovery phase able to cover all our out of pocket expenses.  And to have a little fun!  Because of the generosity of friends, we were able to attend the Florida Woodturning Symposium.

For those of you that don’t know I suffered from cancer in the lymph nodes of my neck and a tumor at the base of my tongue and throat.  To fight it I received 36 radiation treatments and 6 chemotherapy treatments in 6 weeks.  I am happy to share that 12 weeks post treatment I am cancer free due to fine physicians, lots of prayer, the grace of God and your gifts.  Kathy works for Wells Fargo and through her we get our insurance and steady funds.  Working for myself has been both a blessing and a hindrance.  I have had the time needed to concentrate all my energies on treatment and healing.  The down side is that I have not been able to work since early October and it looks that it will be another 8 weeks before I will be able to start back.

This year brings another out of pocket maximum of $5,000 after we meet the deductible and we are within $500 of hitting the top.  Out of pocket for the CT and PET scans was over $3,000.  Then we found out the chemo and radiation reduced my hearing enough to require hearing aids. Thank God for insurance because they will only run $1,000 out of pocket. It really bothers me to ask for your help, but God reminds me to be humble and swallow my pride to allow others to help.  

We thank you for taking the time and interest to hear our story.  We appreciate you all, even those who cannot help now – we understand.  Without you and your support I would not be here healthy. If you are interested in reading the blog of our journey you can find it at www.cancerguy.blog
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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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JA
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