Cancer Sucks: Support John Austin

John has spent his entire professional life in construction.   After being off since September of 2016 with a  hand injury, he was looking forward to returning to work and the golf course (although not the greatest, he is an avid golfer).  However, all that changed on June 7, 2017 when John was diagnosed with a genetically rare, stage four metastatic cancer.  Currently, John and at least one family member are making nearly daily trips for testing and treatment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  John has already started radiation, but he is unable to begin chemotherapy until his specific form of cancer is genetically identified. 

John is married to Chris, and they live in Dubuque.  They have three daughters—Michele, Andrea, and Lauren.  Family is John’s priority, and he and Chris have always done everything that they can to support those who need their help.  Unfortunately, the tables have turned, and they are now facing mounting costs resulting from a single income, transportation and travel expenses, and medical costs not covered by insurance (the genetic test costs nearly $5000, and is not covered by insurance).

The goal of this fundraiser is to provide John and Chris with financial support to offer some breathing room and to reduce a major stressor so that they can focus on treatment and a brighter future.

  • Bruce Mettel 
    • $250 
    • 57 mos
    • $150 
    • 58 mos
  • Marty & Nancy McNamer 
    • $750 
    • 58 mos
  • Christina Schauer  
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Mike Mettel 
    • $100 
    • 59 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jeffrey A. Haverland 
Dubuque, IA
Chris Austin