Gary's battle with Cancer

Some of you may know Gary as Pastor Gary, but to his family he is known as a committed husband, a loving father, step-father and proud grandfather. To his friends he is known as faithful and true.


In May 2018, Gary became severely jaundice, very weak, and lost a lot of weight. His doctor checked his bilirubin which was critically high, and sent Gary to the ER for an MRI Scan. The MRI revealed a 3/4" tumor in his liver bile duct, which prevented bile from flowing into the small intestine. Gary was referred to UVA, where over the last 4 months, he's had 5 surgeries/procedures to drain the bile duct, biliary tree, and lower the bilirubin.

Several stents have been placed as well as replaced, along with 3 biopsies. From CAT Scans and Sonograms to Ultrasounds and MRIs, the final diagnosis is Stage 4, Metastatic Adenocarcinoma-Cancer of the Lymph Nodes. This is a very aggressive cancer which the doctor's believe started in the bile duct (bile duct cancer is very rare with only 15,000 American’s diagnosed yearly) and has spread to the lymph nodes. Gary has also been suffering from significant pain in his abdomen and back. This pain in the celiac trunk is caused by the tumors. Chemotherapy has been recommended as palliative care to ease the pain. 

At this time, Gary is on a holistic cancer protocol created by a German doctor, whose family has a clinic in Spain. However, Gary’s first line of defense is prayer and trust in the living God. Gary and his family welcome your prayers, as they are asking God to bring the healing that Jesus paid such a costly price for at Calvary.


Gary's work has been significantly affected, as he is only able to work sporadically to generate regular monthly income. Medical bills/medicines not covered by insurance, hospital travel expenses, natural therapies, along with the cost of daily living has created a great financial burden.

We are seeking help at this time, from family, friends, or anyone who is willing give financially in this time of need.  

  • Bill Vickery 
    • $44 
    • 41 mos
  • Sallie Parker 
    • $500 
    • 42 mos
  • Mike and Nancy Blatnik 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Bill Vickery 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
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    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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Fundraising team: Team Gary (3)

Carmen Singh 
Raised $350 from 2 donations
Bedford, VA
Charee Gile 
Team member
Raised $2,264 from 7 donations
Jennifer Herbst 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation

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