Help Don and Kat Beat Cancer

Please Help Don and Kat Beat Cancer!

Let me start by saying Thank You!  56 friends, acquaintances and strangers have contributed & $7,750 to help us fight my cancer.  You have raised almost 40% of our goal.  Because of your kindness and giving we finished treatment and have begun the recovery phase able to cover all our out of pocket expenses.  And to have a little fun!  Because of the generosity of friends, we were able to attend the Florida Woodturning Symposium.

For those of you that don’t know I suffered from cancer in the lymph nodes of my neck and a tumor at the base of my tongue and throat.  To fight it I received 36 radiation treatments and 6 chemotherapy treatments in 6 weeks.  I am happy to share that 12 weeks post treatment I am cancer free due to fine physicians, lots of prayer, the grace of God and your gifts.  Kathy works for Wells Fargo and through her we get our insurance and steady funds.  Working for myself has been both a blessing and a hindrance.  I have had the time needed to concentrate all my energies on treatment and healing.  The down side is that I have not been able to work since early October and it looks that it will be another 8 weeks before I will be able to start back.

This year brings another out of pocket maximum of $5,000 after we meet the deductible and we are within $500 of hitting the top.  Out of pocket for the CT and PET scans was over $3,000.  Then we found out the chemo and radiation reduced my hearing enough to require hearing aids. Thank God for insurance because they will only run $1,000 out of pocket. It really bothers me to ask for your help, but God reminds me to be humble and swallow my pride to allow others to help.  

We thank you for taking the time and interest to hear our story.  We appreciate you all, even those who cannot help now – we understand.  Without you and your support I would not be here healthy. If you are interested in reading the blog of our journey you can find it at
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