So as many of you know, Barry Maitland of Colonial Heights VA, has been in the hospital a while. Our family has kept a lot of the information in regards to this private. Well here’s the details. He has stage 3 rectal/colon cancer and stage 4 liver damage. What’s even worse that a lot of people don’t know is that TEN days before he was diagnosed, he lost his job.
He was 85% of the income in this family and everyone depends on him. Not only did he lose his job, but his insurance as well. Our parents have worked their whole lives and tried saving for a day something may happen but were not prepared for this. Who would be!? Since our parents did save what they could they do not qualify for a lot of medical help because of a 401k and what he used to make at his job TEN days before diagnosis. We are lost on what to do now and we have seen a strong-willed mother who knows the answers to everything, breaking down and being vulnerable trying to figure this all out and we have seen a man fighting to get better for his five children. Marlena has been by his side as much as possible but has to still work because she is now the only source of income. We have seen Barry in the hospital facing all sorts of physical struggles and challenges trying his best to get better but his body failing him. We haven’t even started radiation and chemo because the (unsuccessful) surgery he had to try and remove the tumor shocked his body and he’s STILL struggling to get better from the surgery two months ago.
We know this goal is high but it doesn’t even come close to what they’re owing in bills currently. This will just help keep a roof over our parents head and help with some medical bills while we figure out everything else. We know we probably will not reach this goal but anything you can give will be MUCH appreciated.
From our family to yours, thank you.
Justin, Jeremy, Jayson, and Jeana Maitland, and Erica Birdsong
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