Team Wilson wellness fund

Anyone who has met Doug Wilson knows that he has a heart of gold, puts other’s needs ahead of his own and is always there for anyone at any time. He is like a big brother to my siblings and I which is my reason for reaching out to you. Today Doug needs our help. The last 5 years have been extremely difficult and his fight against cancer is far from over. Although his body is presently cancer free, the resulting damage from treatment has caused a further battle which is seriously jeopardizing his life expectancy.

Doug was diagnosed with colorectal cancer on December 27th, 2011. He began chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Kelowna in February 2012 with his first resection and Ileostomy in Cranbrook in May 2012. He was scheduled to be “reconnected” in October after a second round of chemotherapy. A serious infection went undetected, causing a catastrophic failure of the anastomosis and ultimately resulted in an emergency resection and colostomy in December 2012. Another emergency resection took place in December 2013. As a result of the failed anastomosis a fistula formed between the bladder and remaining bowel segment. This has led to permanent infections within the region requiring constant antibiotic administration. As a result, Doug’s body is becoming antibiotic resistant making him susceptible to a multitude of untreatable and life threatening infections which will inevitably decrease his years with us significantly. As if this isn’t enough, the collective surgeries have compromised his abdominal muscles resulting in numerous hernias, also requiring surgical repair.

While Doug’s options are limited, doctors can surgically repair the fistula which would decrease the consequent infections. This prospect is promising but will require more than three major surgeries to completely repair the damage caused by the chemo and radiation.

All of these medical procedures are costly. Doug was only recently able to return back to work but in a part time capacity as his constant pain limits the time and amount of work that he can endure. His amazing wife Karen has continuously stood by his side and is a constant source of love, support, strength and humor, but is also fighting her own battle with MS which inhibits her from working. Their critical illness funds and personal savings have been completely depleted due to the cancer treatments, surgeries and reoccurring blockages and infections that followed his procedures.

Doug and Karen are the first people to put up their hands to volunteer and would give the shirt off their back to others in need. Their optimism and humor has helped mask the gravity of their situation. The past 5 years have been an extremely tough battle, yet they continue to smile, make others smile and forge ahead. Now it is our turn to give back, assist them and relieve some of their financial burdens so that Doug can focus on the next round of surgeries, his recovery and regain his health. Without the financial stress, Doug and Karen can put all of their energy into healing. All money raised will help with Doug’s medical bills and related travel and living expenses.
Thank you so much, Liz Anstiss

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Robbie Fowler 
    • $25 
    • 38 mos
  • Don McTighe 
    • $100 
    • 38 mos
  • Alice Dahlberg 
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
  • Alice Dahlberg 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer

Liz Anstiss 
Organizer
Golden, BC
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