To some he is Lee McClellan. To others, he is simply CHIEF.
Late last fall 2016, Lee started having digestive problems and a lack of appetite. In February, Lee celebrated his 60th Birthday surrounded by family and friends. In April, Lee was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer – it had already metastasized to several other organs. This is one of the worst and most aggressive cancers. Extreme pain and quickly metastasizing—usually arriving with little warning.
Lee and Denise have maintained a positive outlook, even through trips to the emergency room, chemotherapy and all which that entails. At the end of July, further treatment options will be assessed.
Lee has four children: Amy, Victoria, Sean and Sarah. Sean had a cerebral hemorrhage as a baby and has been wheelchair bound his whole life. He cannot speak nor care for himself. Since Sean was 7 weeks old, Lee has been Sean’s caregiver while Denise worked and supported the family. They moved to Ft Myers in 2004 from New Jersey so Denise could take a job at Chico’s Corporate office.
Lee is a Believer in Jesus Christ and has been devoted to reading the Bible these past few months as well as spending time in prayer. He knows that when this tough journey ends, he will be in heaven and out of pain but the financial burden he will leave Denise and Sean is weighing heavily on him.
Please, even if you do not know Lee, Denise and family, may their story touch your heart and move you to give a donation – any amount will help. We are using GoFundMe as a crowdfunding platform, however if a check is best for you (instead of debit or credit cards) please email us and we will give you the address where you can send it.
Please keep the McClellan family in your prayers.
Vince De Palma
- Deatrick Doug
- Mark Van Emburgh
- Mary Ann Ridolfo
- Emily Feeney
- Bill Mahon
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