Howard Crick is 44... amazing daddy to 10 year old Emma... attends Calvary Community Church in Sumner, WA... lives in Bonney Lake, Washington and he just found out he has stage 4 lung cancer that has metastasized throughout his body.
What started out as a simple visit to his doctor for a nagging cough has turned his whole world upside down in a blink of an eye.
Since November 11th, Howard not only had to quit his job but he is also being forced to move out of his home and move in with me (Misty)... his ex-wife. :)
While that sounds like the worst possible living arrangement... reality is that it\'s truly a blessing from God. We are now a big happy family of 3 adults and 3 kids and it\'s actually working! How awesome is that!?
Though Howard has insurance from work it\'s going to cost him a lot more due to the coverage converting to COBRA soon which is very expensive and will cost about $350 per month just for the premium.
His medical insurance only covers 80% of his medical bills. Sounds like alot... but it\'s not. His co-pays and prescriptions on top of that will make it impossible for him to survive on disability. We pray his disability application will be processed quickly as most people who are approved don\'t start receiving payments until 6 to 9 months from the time of disability application.
Howard also has residual utility bills, credit card debt, prior medical bills and his last month of rent that are due as well.
While Jim and I can help Howard with providing him with a home / personal care, getting him to his doctor appointments etc... Financially this has created a hardship to big for us or Howard to take on by ourselves.
We don\'t honestly know how much we really need to raise for Howard. Chemo hasn\'t even started yet and the bills for his radiation haven\'t even arrived in the mail yet. The cost of radiation alone can be over $20,000. We are so early in the ballgame we don\'t even have a clue what we are in for.
But what we DO know is that God will provide for Howard. He has already provided us with the blessing of Howard being able to live with us which means he gets to see Emma every single day... not just on the weekends. Blessings come even in the midst of the storm.
What Howard and Emma need most is time. Please say a prayer for this need above all else! His treatments may not cure him but it will buy him more time to spend with Emma.
We all love Howard and want to do all we can to lessen his worries during this time! If you feel led you can donate here on gofundme.com or if you would like to send a donation directly to Howard you can do that too!
Checks can be written out to \"Howard Crick Cancer Fund\"
and sent to him at:
20618 108th St Ct E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
You can also donate to his cause by going into ANY KeyBank branch and tell the teller you would like to donate to the \"Howard Crick Cancer Fund\". They will look up his donation account and you can make a direct donation that way as well.
One last thing... if you cannot donate but can spare a stamp, please send Howard a letter or words of encouragement to his (our) address above!