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Dad with terminal cancer (GIST) wants memories

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Hi, My name is Trevor Cummings. I am a father, husband and disabled veteran (23 years USAF Montana Air National Guard). I am starting this GoFundMe to try to raise money to take my family on some trips so I can give my kids great memories to cherish after I am gone.

In 2019 I was deployed to Kuwait to support airlift operations in the middle east. I was slated to be in country for 120 days but was sent home early due to a family emergency. Two weeks after I returned home I was diagnosed with an 8cm tumor growing on the exterior of my stomach. The tumor was removed along with 1/3 of my stomach. I spent the next three years taking oral chemotherapy to prevent recurrence. The military has denied me service connection based on a belief that the tumor existed prior to my 2019 deployment, even after filing appeals all the way up to the Secretary of the Air Force. I was forced to voluntarily retire with no benefits from the military until I reach 60 years of age.

I was officially separated on September 8th 2022. The VA did step in and gave me 100% service connection based on the PACT Act. April 19th 2023 I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic GIST. Inoperable and terminal. I am taking Qinlock to try to keep the tumors from growing for as long as we can. Unfortunately no one knows how long that is going to be. The doctor gave me two years and that was almost a year ago.

As I try to get by and be a good father, I want to do things with my girls. It's not fair to a 7 and 13 year old that they are going to lose their father before they graduate, go to college, get married, have kids... We love on my VA income and social security disability. It pays the bills, puts food on the table and keeps a roof over our heads. But there is no money left after bills to make memories.

It's been a dream of mine to go to a Yankees game in New York with my dad and my family. To say we are die hard Yankees fans would be an understatement. We are at our happiest during baseball season! But without help I will never get to do this with my girls.

It's not easy asking for help. Especially when it is somewhat of a selfish ask. The gift I want to give my wife, my kids, my parents, my sister... Memories of me before I get too sick to do anything. I want to give them something to remember besides me being so sick that I welcome the next inevitable step.

I am a fighter. Always have been. I was given 2 years but I am going to take as much time as I posibbly can to be here for my kids. It's a big scary world and my girls are going to have to brave it without their dad to help guide them when they need it most.

Thank you so much for your generous and kind support. I promise to use the money to give my loved ones memories of a lifetime!

I have a scan on February 1st 2024. I'll update you all on my condition then.

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Trevor Cummings
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Great Falls, MT
Stefanie Cummings
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