Tragedy struck Danny and his family late this September. He was dealing with severe headaches and flu-like symptoms off and on for a while and went to see his regular doctor. On Monday, October 1, a mere two weeks after turning 50 years old and seven months after becoming a father, it was discovered that Dan had a fast growing tumor surrounding the carotid artery in his brain.
The tumor was already damaging the optic nerve for his left eye and putting pressure on critical areas of the brain. He had emergency surgery at the UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, on Wednesday, October 10, but there were some complications. They weren't able to remove all of the tumor, and the doctors had to stop his heart briefly during the surgery because a smaller artery started bleeding during the operation.
The loss of blood to that small part of the brain fed from the damaged artery has since caused him to have a stroke.
Many people have been praying for Dan and his family, and we have witnessed countless small miracles in the process. Yet, as of right now, we do not know how much long-term injury was done by the tumor and stroke. He will probably remain in the hospital in Chapel Hill for quite some time, and we figure the healing and rehabilitation will take a lot of time and a lot of money in the future.
As a brother of Dan and the administrator of this fund drive, I know he and his family will need a lot of help. But for right now, I see an immediate need to help his wife, Lisa, be there for him and their adopted sons. The family vehicle is in rough shape, and she has a 150 mile round trip daily between their home in Four Oaks, NC, and the hospital near Durham. Right now she desperately needs help with transportation and gas money. Anything you can spare will ease a lot of her worry and help her be there for Dan when he needs her most.
Living across the country in Minnesota, I sometimes feel helpless when a loved one is hurting. As many of you, I count on prayer and my faith in God to help where I can't. I also know the joy of giving and the joy of sometimes being an answer to another's prayer. We can't save the world by ourselves, but together we can sure make it a better place!
(1. Brother John, Bud, Patty, Danny, and Dakota this past July in MN)
(2. Bud, Lisa, and Dakota 10/5/18)
(3. Danny, Dakota, and Bud at the hospital 10/11/18)
(4. Danny and Lisa at the hospital 10/15/18)
Thank you and may God bless you,
John Pfeiffer (aka: Brother John)
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