My dad, Jim Beal, passed away early this morning. It was definitely not something we prepared for. One week he was doing great, and then within the past few days he drastically went down hill. Let me explain a little about what was going on:
In 2008 he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. He went to the Cleveland Clinic to have it taken out. Everything was back to normal for the next 5 years or so, until the cancer returned and spread to his bones. He underwent chemo and radiation at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The months following were pretty rough, he went back into the James for a few weeks. He was released and went back to his normal activities. Then things took another turn, he had a spot on T4 (a vertebrae in your back) that was giving him problems. He had lost all motion and feeling in his left leg. Back into The James we went to get T4 removed. Spent weeks there getting better, going through rehab. Came home and was walking with a walker like nothing had ever happened. Things then took a turn for the worse, July 4th he went back into the James for what we thought was just going to be a "tune-up". Just when we thought he was getting better, we received the news that he would be sent home on hospice care. He came home for his final days on July 12th. He spent his last few days at home where he wanted to be. On July 14th early in the morning he had passed.
Now, my family is not one to ask for help with money. But this had happened unexpectedly. Even with my dad asking for a simple, casual funeral, it still costs more money than what my family can afford. That is why I turn to you. The people who had known him, whether it be from the race track to the hospital. Any little bit would help out tremendously.
Thank you all!
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