Help Fight Ron’s Brain Tumor

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Raised by 226 people in 4 months
Created February 21, 2019
After being sick months on end, missing many days of work and completing many tests our worst nightmare has come true. My dad has a brain tumor. There are three possible tumors types, but due to the size and location a biopsy is not possible luckily surgery is.  It is in the fourth ventricle of the posterior fossa. My dad is scheduled to go in for brain surgery for March 15. Unfortunately, with surgery comes a cost and an over three-month recovery. He will most likely be in the hospital for 1 month and another 2 months at home.

My dad has his own business and is the sole support for the family. He is one of the most humble and caring men you will ever meet. He has several clients who aren’t physically able to make it into his barber shop so he takes the time to go to their homes with no additional costs. This is just one small example of his kindness. He has taught me and my sister everyday how to be respectful, generous and loving. My dad now needs help.

My family needs help covering medical and living expenses. Any donation would be appreciated beyond belief. We are so grateful for you all. I look forward to seeing him healthy again and meet his new grandson! Please keep my dad in your prayers!


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Ronald & Suzan Dorweiler
C/O Scissorhands Barber Shop
705 W. Devon Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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By now I imagine most of you know that we lost Ron in the early hours of May 30th after a fight of epic proportion. You've provided us with an unprecedented cushion; a soft place for us to fall, a space usually gifted by family, the expansive enormity of which has been utterly overwhelming in its stunning support and my gratitude is beyond my ability to aptly express.
I'm keeping the shop open as it's his legacy and the ties are those that bind us all. We will continue to serve this wonderful community just as he's always done, with great heart and tremendous affection for you and your families. While we grieve this loss together, we also ask you to celebrate his life- his simple, true humanity. In your sadness, remember that he now walks with giants; anyone who knows him, knows he'd never walk with a Yankee. Except maybe Lou Gehrig.

Thanks for everything,
Suzan Dorweiler

Sunday June 9th, 2019
Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd.
1520 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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Ive been struggling to make a post because I think I just kinda hoped that this wasn’t real but it is. I want honor my wonderful father be strong and share a few words. My dad told me before the surgery how humbled he was by everyone’s faith, kind words , generosity and how when he got better he was going to find a way to give back. That is the man my dad is humble, courageous and selfless. Today and everyday forward I am striving to be more like him and will raise my son Colton the same. I have so many incredible memories with my father from raising me on his own until he met my mom, learning to ride my bike, our father daughter trips to the dells going on every single slide together, family vacations, woodfield mall more of course (even on Super Bowl Sunday), his creative pancakes and burnt popcorn, our dance shows we would make for mom, our sunflower field trips, bike riding across the Golden Gate Bridge the list goes on. Most of all this past year my dad walked me down the aisle and helped me get through my pregnancy even though he was so sick. I have so much respect for him and I am so blessed and honored to have such an amazing father.I hope soon you find your peace ❤️

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Ron and I have both used simple baseball analogies to express such complicated things. I've likened his surgery to spring training; grueling, challenging and plain old gettin' ready. The start of his recovery was taking the field. For the long game in a long season. Chess not checkers. And I've never seen such incredibly brutal strategies, met with greater determination or a more pure fight and heart. Always with heart. But dark clouds in the distance started rolling our way and we were so hopeful they wouldn't reach us. And now the game has been called. Ron entered hospice over the weekend. Here my own words fail me. So like Ron did once pre-surgery, in expressing to a friends his overwhelming gratitude for the generosities and kindnesses of every nature, I'll do the same and borrow Lou Gehrig's words: "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth."
Ron thanks you, my daughters thank you and I am forever humbled by your humanity.

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Our dad’s fight has taken a turn. After weeks and months of putting up the fight of his life we’ve realized things just aren’t going good at all. Some serious damage from a complicated surgery and from the length he had the tumor has created irreparable organ, nerve, and brain damage and some things in his body just won’t ever be able to work again. The amount of pain my dad has been in is just too much. He had pneumonia which we thought was almost gone but then it cycled back and his body has started to slowly shut down. The brave decision was made to move him to hospice this past weekend and everyone is saying their goodbyes this week. We had a lot of hope and he put up one hell of a fight but it’s time to take away his pain and let him peacefully go whenever he’s ready. We all tried our best and even after having an intense extended surgery with months of recovery, therapy and rest it’s just not going to work. We’re all truly heartbroken and devastated. It blindsided us as much as all of you because we felt like things have been going okay. We realize we saw some progress but we also saw him so sick all the time with many set backs from each thing he pushed himself to do. We appreciate everyone who’s followed my dad’s story. Our family wants to thank everyone for all their donations, prayers, love and support through this wild journey. We feel so lucky to have witnessed his strength and determination and hope to be more like him. We wish everyone could’ve seen Daddy’s incredible strength through this time. We’ve never seen anybody try so hard in all my life. He’s truly a superhero. Its been a joy seeing him sing along to some of his favorite songs and I’ll cherish each joke he made even if it wasnt always nice. He’s at peace with what’s happening and is relieved to not have pain anymore. Truthfully well be heartbroken forever but we the right thing to do is let him go and take his pain away. We love you daddy and I’m sorry it’s ending this way but it’s the best thing for you at this point. I hope you watch over us and protect us forever.
Nola, Kelly and Baby Colton
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