In May of this year, Steve Gray had some tests done on his back, assuming his recent pain had come from wear and tear. Unfortunately the test showed instead that there is a tumor sitting on his spinal cord. The roots of this tumor have gone on to displace nerves that run down his leg. He was finally able to get in with a surgeon at MD Anderson in Houston where they are preparing for surgery to take place on August 1st.
Due to the the increasing pain and accompanying muscle weakness, Steve has missed a lot of work over the past few months and of course won't be able to work while recovering from the surgery.
Steve and his wife Terry are already in Houston, having multiple pre-op tests done in preparation.
As you can imagine, a situation such as this is a huge financial hit for the two of them. In addition to the cost of paying their deductible and the 20% of medical fees before they hit their maximum out of pocket, they also have lost wages, travel costs, hotel rooms, and the cost of meals during this time.
Many of you know the Grays as giving people. They will drop anything to help people of our community in need and now it is our chance to help pay back some of that goodwill. It is difficult for the Grays to accept help but this is an honest need.
We we are also working on a fund-raising event to help out this situation. In addition, funds can be donated directly to Steve's bank account. Please contact me at(254) [phone redacted] for information on this.
A bit about Steve & Terry - Steve is retired from the City of Big Spring. He is a volunteer member of the Midland Mounted patrol. The patrol helps various law enforcement departments across the area including Big Spring as needed. Steve has even worked mounted patrol at Mardi Gras in Alabama before! This work is on a volunteer basis. In addition to this work, Steve is an active member at his church working with the youth at this time. He has volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts for over 30 years. Terry is a former policewoman for the City of Big Spring. These days she's a teacher in Odessa, teaching elementary students to play violin. In addition to that, she performs with the Big Spring Symphony also at times performs in the Midland Symphony.
Many of you in the Big Spring area have ridden on Steve's wagon rides during the annual Festival of Lights. This past year he took a break, partially due to the beginning stages of this situation with his back. He is looking forward to getting back in the driver's seat again this year to provide the fun-filled rides.
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