Hello, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read about Thomas and his story....
Feeling like life was finally looking up, Tom Davison had finally found a job, as a manager of the local Dollar General in Potterville, Michigan that he really enjoyed. He had been there for years and was good at it. He also had became good friends with many of his co-workers and loved his customers and suppliers.
Now, after decades of being apart, he was back with the love of his life and they were to marry. It seemed that together, they were unstoppable... Until the week of April 8th of 2019
Several months before that fateful week, Tom’s fiancé Leslie, had taken Tom on numerous trips to the ER, walk in clinics and primary care physician-he was complaining of mysterious pains and aliments; including a horrible cough that seemed to have become chronic.
Unfortunately, by the third week of April, everything began to make sense. The constant headaches, the cough (which quickly became a major issue), low grade fevers and random, intense pain in the thorax all began to look like it was adding up to something that was definitely not good.
Tom had four unknown masses show up on his most recent CT scan, which seemed to be out of no where! It was starting to look like he really could have cancer...
Still feeling in the prime of his life, he had decided to marry his fiancé, knowing that with her in his corner, he would have a better chance of winning this battle of life or death.
A week later, Tom started to show signs of being ill. He had already dropped over 10lbs and dark circles were showing under his eyes. The oncologists informed Tom that he had stage four Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, which ironically can happen to anyone. You do not have to be a smoker, to get this particular cancer.
Tom has health insurance through this employee, Dollar General, however just as with all Insurances; he has deductible of several thousands of dollars, not to mention funds needed for transportation, co-pays for specialists, transportation expenses, holistic and pain medicines.
Those who know Tom as the Potterville Dollar General manager, know he truly has a heart of gold.
Often, when customers came up short on funds, he paid for their groceries, medicines and thought nothing of picking up the tab for baby formula and/or diapers; regardless if the customer was able to repay him.
Unlike most managers, when his store met and surpassed monetary goals that corporate set for his store; he insisted on sharing his bonuses with key team members.
I am setting up this fund, in hopes that the community who Tom loved to serve, joke with and tried so hard make their day a little better; could find it in their hearts to give a little back-
Tom deserves to fight this for as long as he can with out the fear of having a giant financial burden.
During the next few months, we could use volunteers to drive to appointments as well and minor errands. Anything you send is appreciated-