Battling cancer > 6 years

Over 20 years ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I had surgery to remove the tumor followed by local instillation of chemotherapy. A follow up surgery was utilized to eradicate a small regrowth of the tumor a year later. After approximately 15 years, a follow up on a lump in my neck revealed neck cancer, involving tonsils and surrounding lymph nodes. Treatment at that time involved extensive chemotherapy and radiation. Just when things were looking good, “bang”,  I was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. I have been receiving heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiation for the past 4 years. The outlook is not good. I have been forced to give up my full time job as well as my part time jobs. In addition, my wife is unable to work.  Caring for me has become a full time job transporting me to and from Dana Faber Institute, as well as caring for me at home. It has really struck a blow to our financial situation and I fear for our impending  economic fallout, which has already begun.  My wife and I bought an old fixer upper 22 years ago and fixed it up, our way, with our own hands. We love our little house and fear everyday that we may loose it to this disease. Any funds that we received would be applied to the mounting cost of living, especially our mortgage and medical co payments,  and costs not covered by insurance.   There are many, including special nutritional intake, and numerous specialized hygiene supplies.  I have always worked 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet and have a hard time asking for help, but under the overwhelming odds I must swallow my pride and do what I think is necessary for the survival of my family. I feel like I am behind the ball so bad and should not have waited so long.  I would appreciate any help from those kind enough to give.  Thank you.
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    • $100 
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    • $100 
    • 34 mos
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    • $150 
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Organizer

Mark Finnegan 
Organizer
Wrentham, MA
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