Brian Cox's Recovery Fund

$15,975 of $25k goal

Raised by 172 people in 5 months
Michael Thurow
on behalf of Brian Cox
 FORT ATKINSON, WI
I met Brian Cox while training in the fire academy three years ago. While being pushed every day to the breaking point during the academy, Brian was always upbeat and motivated. I learned the full extent of how great a guy Brian is once we were stationed together at the same firehouse. Everyday as a firehouse cub is a rollercoaster. Amidst the runs, learning the expectations of your crew, cleaning, dealing with strains the job puts on family life, and races to the front door, it can be overwhelming. Brian was always there to help talk it out, let me vent, and a lot of the time, show me how things needed to get done. I always heard firefighting was a brotherhood, and working with Brian proved it.

Anybody that knows Brian, knows he has been through a great deal since coming on the job. He has been subject to injury, illness and family loss. Amazingly, he remains resilient and inspiring. Many would crumble under the weight of what Brian has been tested by. He continues to be the same upbeat, funny, and good-natured guy he has always been as well as a terrific partner to Shalon and caregiver to her two girls. And, until recently, he continued to show up for work everyday at the firehouse and provided the same amazing service to the city in spite of tough circumstances.

The reason for this GoFundMe post is because Brian is being tested again. He has been diagnosed with Classical Hodgkins Lymphoma. Given the aggressive nature of the cancer, he has already begun chemotherapy treatments. He will be unable to work for an indeterminate amount of time and doesn’t meet eligibility requirements for the presumptive cancer disability benefit that would keep him on payroll. People are working to donate hours to help cover some of this short fall, but it won’t be enough. I am hoping we can pool together and help support him and his family during this rough time. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and couldn't go to a better cause.
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Update 1
Posted by Brian Cox
1 month ago
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Well, I haven't updated this since my good friend Mike made the page on my behalf. I talk to a few of you that I'm close to on a regular basis and try to update others on Facebook but some of you don't fall into those categories. First, I'd like to thank all of you that had the generosity to give to me and my family and thank you to those that share my story.
So an update... initially diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma stage 4b and given about a 50% chance of success with treatment. Chemotherapy was effective and I think even more so than the doc thought it would be. Something along the way changed. Some of my symptoms started to come back. Docs were trying to figure out if it was side effected from the chemo drugs and fatigue or the cancer. This last week, march 9, was to be chemo #11 of 12 planned. Because things were changing chemo was withheld and a new PET scan was done. It showed that there are new spots of cancer. Next plan of action is to start to discuss bone marrow and/or stem cell transplants along with more aggressive chemo that will require me to be in the hospital. I will try to update here more often and when I know more. Again. Thanks to all for supporting me and my family.
Brian
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$15,975 of $25k goal

Raised by 172 people in 5 months
Created November 18, 2016
Michael Thurow  
on behalf of Brian Cox
MC
$75
Maggie Carrao
14 days ago

Praying for Brian's recovery

RS
$200
Randall Stenson
16 days ago
FD
$200
Frank Dekan
22 days ago
NS
$250
Nicholas Seider
28 days ago
BR
$100
Brian and Melissa Redlich
1 month ago
MJ
$50
Matt Janke
1 month ago
MB
$100
Melanie Becker
1 month ago

Thinking of you, Melanie & JJ

$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
DK
$50
D K
1 month ago
MT
$150
M Torpy
1 month ago
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