While cycling in 2016, Dann would experience some discomfort. Over the course of the next year, everything changed. He went to see his family doctor who made some recommendations and a follow up appointment. Months passed and after there was no considerable change, Dann made an appointment for a colonscopy since he was 49 years old and it was recommended he get one anyway. Then the family of 5 (Dann, his wife Cheryl, and their 3 children ages 16, 18, and 22) waited to get what they knew would be the “all clear” from the doctor. Unfortunately, the news was life-shattering. On August 17th 2017, the doctor confirmed Dann had a cancerous mass in his colon. Next came more tests including an MRI to see if the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. On September 6th, the oncologist said Dann will need to start chemo and radiation, 5 days a week for 6 months.
Dann is only 49 years young and lives with his family in Oregon. No one should ever have to hear this news. I’m sure it knocked the wind out of him. Yet, I watch from afar as he smiles and maintains a positive spirit, which is likely for the benefit of his loved ones.
Dann is an independent contractor and health benefits are somewhat limiting. We want Dann and his family to worry NOTHING about finances and be able to focus 100% on fighting this cancer. We want Dann and his family to be able to pick the treatment plan that works best for them, not be forced into picking a treatment plan because it is the only option covered by the health plan. We want Dann and his family to know there are so many of us out here supporting them and praying for them. We want Dann and his family to fight this thing and have it never come back. We want Dann stress-free so his body is the strongest it can be to fight the fight. And after all the challenging physical and mental energy it will take to beat this thing (which he will), we even hope there is a little extra for his family to take a relaxing vacation.
Please keep Dann and his family in your prayers and we thank you for your consideration to help this family fight the fight that no family should ever have to face.
For anyone who isn't familiar with GoFundMe, Dann will get all of the contributions (none of it goes to the person who created the campaign) and this GoFundMe page has already been linked directly to Dann.
The following is taken directly from the American Cancer Society Website:
Cancer is costly. It can take a toll on your health, your emotions, your time, your relationships – and your wallet. There will be unexpected charges, and even the best health insurance won’t cover all your costs.
Today, more and more chemo drugs are taken by mouth. (This is often called oral chemo, and includes drugs known as targeted therapy.) In most cases, this means you get a prescription and take the drugs on your own, from the comfort of your own home. Chemo taken by mouth is as strong as the other forms and, when taken properly, works just as well. But oral chemo drugs cost a lot – sometimes many thousands of dollars each month. And most health insurance plans don’t pay for the oral drugs the same way they pay for the IV drugs (those put into a vein in the hospital, clinic, or office). Oral chemo drugs are often treated like regular prescription drugs. You have to pay for them and, even if your insurance covers them, you might have a very high co-pay. For example, some insurance companies require a co-pay of 25% of the drug cost. This can be thousands of dollars. And this isn’t a bill that you can pay later – you have to pay when you pick up the drug at the pharmacy.
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