Back in July of 2012 Dan was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer that forms in the plasma cells. These cancer cells build up in the bone marrow, which hinders the ability of the normal cells to produce normal antibodies that help to fight infections. Since July of 2012 Dan and Stacie have had roughly 400 doctors’ appointments, over 13 different physicians, countless trips to MD Anderson Houston Cancer Center, as well as weekly trips to Amarillo, TX from Pampa, TX.
Dan began undergoing treatments in September of 2012, and in November they had to stay in Houston the week after Thanksgiving in order to harvest his healthy cells. This meant excess amount of time was spent away from home, away from family, and adding up to their ever increasing expenses. On December 20th, 2012 Dan received an aggressively high dose of chemo in order to attempt kill the cancer cells. On December 27th, 2012 Dan was able to receive his own cells back with a stem cell transplant. He then began receiving chemo orally and through his port. From November 2012 to mid-February of 2013 Dan and Stacie stayed in Houston, unable to make it back home to Pampa.
Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that is not curable, but it can be treatable. Dan is considered to be in a stable stage, but not technically in remission as of yet. Dan was recently fired from his job that he dedicated over 28 years of his life to for being unable to fulfill his 40 hours a week due to treatments/ appointments. When he was first diagnosed, his supervisor was aware and told them to “do what you need to do, we understand.” Over the past five years, Dan has had numerous treatments, health issues, and doctor’s appointments which has not only forced his absence, but was beyond anyone’s control. Regardless of how hard it was on him, he continued to work faithfully with his company through his fatigue, sickness, and stress over the years. Beyond the cancer, he was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease, diabetes, degenerative disc disease, and other illnesses. Due to the rigorous treatments and sicknesses he has endured, he has been fired for missing too much work, regardless of his supervisor’s previous supportive statements of him needing to take care of himself.
Regardless of how hard it was on him, Dan continued to work faithfully, as much as he could, with his company through his fatigue, sickness, and stress over the years; however, his company seemed to care more about him when he was extremely sick, and held no compassion as his condition stabilized. Dan is now unable to get health coverage and his prescription alone in one trip to the pharmacy was over $400, on top of the monumental debt they have acquired while fighting for Dan to have the healthy life that he deserves. Dan and Stacie are selfless and generous people and would never ask for help. They have fought to overcome any obstacle that has been thrown their way, but they desperately need help as their debt is increasing and no longer have Dan’s salary to help. By using the Go Fund Me account we can help them to try to reduce some stress and help Dan and his family have some normalcy that they deserve. They have been fighting so hard for so long, and any donation is more than appreciated. If you are unable to donate, then please pass this on so we can get the word out to as many people as possible.
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