Donnie is 50 years old and in February 2014 he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to the spleen and liver. He has been given ~6 month to a year to live. He has lost so much weight with the chemo that the oncologist said they will refuse to continue chemo if he loses anymore weight and told to get his affairs in order. Donnie is doing everything possible to gain weight, but to no avail. He has dropped 5 more pounds this week. So with that we really don't know what the outcome will be. We do know he is determined to fight this!
I want to do something for my brother that I know will give him peace and joy in remaining days of his life. He has a 1989(?) Jeep that he would love to get running. This jeep is the most special thing in the world to him as this was a project he and our younger brother David were working on together before David passed away at the age of 40, 6 years ago (April 21, 2008), due to liver failure (we now believe was cancer).
Donnie and I were talking Friday Night about, well, things you talk about when you come to the realization that your life it coming to an end. And as we all know, with an ailment as such, finances become unmanageable too. Thus he has come to the realization that he will never get the jeep running as he is too sick to work on it nor does he have the financial means to have it repaired. Right now he needs money to pay his rent and utilities. See, Donnie was a Truck Driver, and obviously in the condition he is in, he can no longer drive tractor trailers, thus struggling to keep his head above water. I truly believe I have never seen Donnie cry over anything with his diagnosis except the thought of losing the jeep and never completing his and David's project.
Again, I am writing you with hopes you can help me in making both my brothers (my only siblings) dream come true. I don't care how the jeep looks, that is not important; I just would like it running. I believe there is a problem between the flywheel/transmission/engine all working together. The flywheel does not seem to engage or line up properly. In addition, the entire wiring harness needs hooked up, not to mention, it has sat in my brothers driveway for 6 years now. He has worked and worked on but just can't seem to figure it out.
I know with the jeep running, Donnie will be able to rest in peace just knowing that in heaven he can high five David and let him know their project is complete.
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