I'm Tom Burse and I need your help to beat cancer. Anyone who knows me understands I’m one of those souls who never asks for help. Maybe that’s not completely realistic, but I’m sure you’ve run across that personality type as you’ve lived your life. I’ve been working since I was 9yrs old and I guess the mold was set rather early. None-the-less, sometimes “life” throws us a curveball and that’s where I find myself and my family. Cancer takes no prisoners and I'm currently in a fight with Myeloma.
I was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Nebraska. As is the case with a majority of Nebraskans I grew up a Nebraska Husker Football fan. In fact, I actually played football at UNL for a while until a difficult choice had to be made. I was working almost full time to attend school. So, without working a lot of hours I couldn’t go to school. Giving up playing football was my only choice. After concentrating in Meteorology at UNL and an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force Reserve I ended up on the air forecasting the weather for KOLN-TV in Lincoln Nebraska. From there my career began. I was Chief Meteorologist at WAPT-TV in Jackson Mississippi, then spent some time at WKYT-TV in Lexington Kentucky before WSVN-TV in Miami came calling. My six years in Miami was great as it allowed me time to use my 20years+ in martial arts to mentor and teach underprivileged kids in South Florida. After Miami I was the Chief Meteorologist at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati Ohio and then went to CBS in Chicago. I'm not working right now due to my last employers actions (see below) and I haven't done TV for a while.
While all of this seems to be a great career (and it was) my wife and I lost absolutely everything during the economic collapse of 2007-2008. After that the inability to get hired due to my age became a huge issue. From that point on I started working in Security and anyone who’s worked for one of the major Security Companies (contract Security) knows it’s one of the worst jobs out there. Some may wonder why I didn’t have medical insurance…but I did. On April 30, 2019 the company I worked for (one of the top 3 in the world) terminated my employment and thus my Medical Insurance after agreeing to my transfer to Cincinnati from my home in Sarasota Florida. I was specifically doing a "transfer" to make sure I didn't lose Medical Insurance.
So, I end up with cancer and my job and medical plan has been taken from me. I also find out one of the drugs in my treatment plan can run $45,000 per month! That’s only one of my drugs and doesn’t include Dr. visits, testing/labs, scans and everything else that goes with having cancer.
As mentioned earlier, I’m one of those people who never ask for help, but I have no choice.
I need to beat my cancer. I need to conquer my myeloma. I need to dropkick it as far as I can and I'm asking for your help. Yes, I need your help to beat my cancer.
I’m eternally grateful to anyone who can contribute and help my family at this time.