Doug Gelhaye Lung Cancer Fund

$3,355 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 30 months


A note to our friends and family...

Doug was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer on labor day 2016. Cancer cells were found located in the fluid surrounding his lungs (malignant pleural effusion ). With this type of cancer, the survival rate to 5 years from the diagnosis is less than 10%. There is no cure at this time, but it's possible to slow the growth and prolong life with various treatments.

We intend to enjoy each day, laugh alot, and look for what we can appreciate that IS good.

My dad once said "you can't give anything away in this life." "Something always comes back, usually even better." We are asking for your spiritual support; and, if you are so moved, financial help. Thank you and bless all of you who have responded with kind words, thoughts and deeds.

Much love and appreciation,

Lee Ann Gelhaye
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The journey I am on now constantly has good things happening. They far outweigh the thoughts of being diagnosed with lung cancer. Cancer thoughts do come, but somehow I am protected with perhaps a little disbelief this unimaginable thing is happening to me. However, with a little practice, I try to refocus my thoughts from what appears to be "bad," to what IS good. It's actually possible to laugh out loud, feel happy, and be content most of the time. Wierd. Here's wishing everyone enjoys some time off and good food soon! Doug
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My new stomping grounds have been North Memorial Hospital and The Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center in Robbinsdale. A nasty staph infection landed me in the hospital last week, postponing my 2nd chemo treatment. We have had to learn to do self infusions at home with a powerful antibiotic. Lee Ann's help has been invaluable. We all need such support just to get along in life don't we? As I write this I realize anyone reading this has their own life problems. Work, kids, yard work, fixing the car, and all the things that come up in between. We never know what another person is dealing with. It's crazy to look at another and be envious about something. All of us have challenges and fears every day. It has meant so much to us getting your help with the bills and moral support. All the contributions we have received so far have been used for North Memorial Hospital for the first hospital stay, which resulted in the diagnosis of lung cancer. Thanks to Medicare,Ucare supplemental insurance and you, our out of pockets for the year 2016 are much more managable. Then, in January, all copays go back to start again. Bless all of you for your continued support. Doug and Lee Ann
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Well, I have a new respect for what people say about the effects of having chemo. Monday this week was my first session with little or no effects for a couple days afterward. Then it hit like an atom bomb. I can see why people begin to think it might not be worth it. We shall see. Thank you all for your support and thinking about me. It helps. It also helps to have married an angel. Doug
Lee Ann's garden.
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Hi all. I just wanted to update you on my first chemo visit today. I feel surprisingly good after having three types of chemo so far. I'm a little tired because we had to get up at the butt crack of dawn.
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Stephanie Croff
29 months ago

Stay encouraged Doug I will keep praying, and knowing God will help you through this.

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Monica Wyatt
30 months ago

Oh Doug, this is very encouraging news. Thank you for sharing your update with us. And keep on throwing that sand into cancer's machinery! You have a whole gaggle of us cheering you on.

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Katherine Pietsch McElhinny
30 months ago

So very pleased to hear this!! Hoping for more positive news ahead!

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Raised by 59 people in 30 months
Created September 12, 2016
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Shenna Shepard
29 months ago
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Best wishes Doug for recovery! My thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Thank you so much for all you do to connect we assemblage artists!!!

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29 months ago
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Barb Bergstrom Burns
29 months ago
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Wishing you the best in your continued fight.

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Henrietta Butler
29 months ago
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Hang in there, Doug --and thank you for always being there for us in our times of need (assemblage group).

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Marcella Burg
29 months ago
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Be well and make art!

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Beverly Chipman
30 months ago
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Best wishes to you Doug!

Stephanie Croff
29 months ago

Stay encouraged Doug I will keep praying, and knowing God will help you through this.

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Monica Wyatt
30 months ago

Oh Doug, this is very encouraging news. Thank you for sharing your update with us. And keep on throwing that sand into cancer's machinery! You have a whole gaggle of us cheering you on.

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Katherine Pietsch McElhinny
30 months ago

So very pleased to hear this!! Hoping for more positive news ahead!

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