My name is Dana Severance, and I lived in Media, Pennsylania. Most of you know that my husband, Kevin, has a cousin named Dan Murphy from Audubon, New Jersey who he loves like a brother and who he would do anything for. You might know him better as "Cousin Murph," "Dangerous," "Dan the Man," or just "Murph." He is a fun, easy going guy who loves his family, friends, and a good time. If you have ever spent time with him, there is undoubtedly a funny story to go along with it. My personal favorite stories include the summer he convinced the entire island of Sea Isle City that I had a glass eye because I always wore huge sunglasses and that I often would find him trying on my clothes to mock some of my best (read: worst) outfits, including my "first holy communion jacket" and my "WWF heavy weight championship" belt.
Dan very unfortunately was diagnosed with oral cancer almost five years ago and since then has been fighting the good fight for himself and his loved ones. He underwent a second major reconstructive surgery this past January where the majority of his tongue was removed and reconstructed. He spent this past Spring on disability while receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments. We found out last week that Dan has two new tumors in his throat and jaw, and he is undergoing an even more complicated surgery on Tuesday, August 8th to remove the tumors, rebuild his tongue, and reconstruct his jaw. Dan will be out of work while he recovers and rehabilitates. We pray for strength and health for Dan moving forward.
We are reaching out to our friends and family with the hopes that we can raise enough money to help Dan with his medical bills and living expenses while he heals. The money donated will be given directly to Danny to be used to pay for his medical expenses and cost of living.
Thank you for your help and prayers in this very difficult time.
Update: We have surpassed our goal, and I am withdrawing the funds and will write Dan a check for the full amount withdrawn.