Family and Friends:
It is a heartbreaking task to share the most recent news with you all; Kirk's treatments are not working. The doctors have told Kirk and his family that there is nothing more they can do to treat and/or cure his cancer. Kirk has chosen to transition his goals of care to comfort and is resting comfortably in a hospice facility, with Jessie at his side.
To honor Kirk's very clear request, the family is asking for absolute privacy during this difficult time.
It is due to this devastating news, we are asking for your help once more.
First and foremost, Kirk, Jessie, and both their families want to thank every single person that has been supportive of the Robinson Family during this time. It is because of all of you and your donations that Kirk was able to receive the top notch care that he has.
We all know Kirk. He is the guy that would drop whatever he’s doing to help someone out…I’ve seen him do it more than once. He’s done it for my family and me. He’s done it for his friends from college, friends from high school, a firefighter, a neighbor, a friend's parent(s), and a stranger on the street: more people than I can count, or even know. He does fundraisers for others. He builds houses for those in need in Mexico. He will offer to help you move, and actually do it. He uses the skill and knowledge from his profession to rush in and help in catastrophic events. He flew to NYC to assist after 9/11. He has volunteered to assist with forest fires. He is that friend that you can always count on to be there for you. Kirk wants to make the world a better place…people helping people.
An exceptionally benevolent and generous sum of over $100,000 has been donated as of yesterday. While Kirk’s condition is related to his field of work, there are waiting periods, significant treatment limitations (i.e. experimental treatment is often not approved), and barriers that made relying on that claim impractical.
Once Seattle area doctors exhausted all treatment options available to them, Kirk was able to receive care at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. This out-of-state treatment option, along with many other expenses, was made possible by your donations.
The donations have paid for the treatment, medications, experimental medications, radiation, as well as travel expenses. Both Jessie and Kirk, on short notice, were traveling back-and-forth to Texas every week for several months so Kirk could receive experimental t-cell treatment. It was important to their family that they come back each week so they could be present for their boys, Gavin and Levi. With all associated costs, these trips were up to $5,000 each. Kirk has also had several tumors removed, one from his brain that extended his life and ability to walk/drive for four months, and was paid for out of these donations.
As you can imagine, all of these expenses have added up. Nearly exhausting the amazing $100,000 donation amount.
Once the most recent prognosis by Kirk’s doctors in Texas was made, it was clear that Kirk could not physically fly commercial to get home. And, with his family and myriad of friends here in the Seattle area, it was critical to him and his family that he return to Seattle by any means necessary. The only option to do so was a MedEvac, which cost in excess of $30,000.
Kirk is now in a hospice facility where he is receiving exceptional care with his family is by his side. This facility is an out-of-pocket expense of over $14,000 per month.
So, it is with humility, hope, and faith in all of you that we ask for any additional donation that you are able to make to help and support this amazing family.
While they appreciate your prayers and unwavering support, Jessie is trying to keep her phone line open to receive calls related to Kirk’s medical care. We would like to encourage anyone that wishes to leave messages for Kirk, Jessie, and family to please do so via the methods listed below:
Caring Bridge: www.caringbridge.org/visit/krobstrong
With Gratitude and Love