My brother Tommy is 46 years old. Three and a half years ago his dream of becoming a father was realized with the birth of his first and only child, his daughter Maggie. Six months after that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Advanced Metastasized Prostrate cancer. Tommy has spent the last three years undergoing chemotherapy, as well as two different experimental trials in an attempt to fight the aggressive cancer that was tearing through his body. All of these treatments failed, as well as adding more complications to his health because of the side effects of the medicines and poisons used during his different treatments.
In just the last week Tommy's health as declined in such a rate that he was in so much pain that its been almost impossible to keep him comfortable and he has slipped into a unresponsive state. His hospice doctors and nurses are in agreement that all signs and symptoms show that Tommy's battle is almost over and he will soon be again with our mom.
Tommy had been unable to work for some time now because of his treatments and the progressive rate of his disease. His wife Tracy has done her best to maintain her jobs during Tommy's decline, however in the last six months Tommy has required more and more daily personal care as well as the responsibility of caring for their 3 1/2 year old daughter has caused her to have to cut her hours down to nothing.
The cremation and burial costs are going to be over $6,000. We are humbly asking any of our friends and family that can help donate anything to Tracy to help with the task of following out her husbands last wishes of being cremated and buried with our mother. The financial strain the household is already under is significant and any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: Tommy passed away early Friday afternoon August 10, 2018. Tommy slipped away peacefully at home surrounded by the people he loved and who loved him. We want to thank all of our friends and family who have given us their love and support during this hard time.