Asking for help is NOT a part, nor has it ever been a part, of Phil's (age 57) nature. Life, however, is taking him into a very different direction. Phil was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease called Small Cell Lung Cancer in March of 2017. Over the last 18 months, Phil has been through numerous treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation oncology. He has had some good responses to treatment, but unfortunately the disease has continued to spread. He has also tried to take personal initiative to make positive healthy changes with his diet and herbal supplements.
Phil is currently receiving a new chemotherapy treatment. All these treatments have caused him to miss a lot of time at work. Up until very recently, his normal work week had averaged 10-12 hour days. Since his disease has progressed, he needs more and more treatments and is only able to work 6 hours a day, which has been a huge financial burden for his family. It is only a matter of time before he is forced into disability.
He and his beautiful and supportive wife Bridget have 2 children, Lillian (age 9) and Leighton (age 8), the loves of his life. He has worked as a truck driver at USF Holland in Owantanna, MN the past 5 years. He has been in the trucking business since the early '80's. He is well known in the industry by co-workers and clients as a hard working, independent, self sufficient man with high standards in taking care of his clients. He takes a lot of pride in his work and is the primary provider for his family. He loves spending time with his family, particularly outdoors camping and fishing.
Phil is now concerned for his family's future living expenses and does not want to lose the home his family has known for the last 12 years. At a minimum, we, his family and friends, hope to raise enough to pay his mortgage for the next 6 months which would be $6,000. A huge blessing would be to be able to pay off his mortgage in full.
We completely understand that not everyone is able to give financially. So for those who live local to Phil, it would be extremely helpful to contribute by mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling the driveway, or providing meals. Every little act of service enables Phil to take the time he needs to heal. There is also a benefit dinner planned in Phil's honor in Owatonna on Saturday October 27th at the Knights of Columbus at 6 pm.
As Phil fights, he is learning to accept help from others as we band together to ease his burdens and make a difference for him and for his family. As he reflects on the help that people have already given him, it has opened his eyes and heart to others in need. He is humbled by the kindness that humanity can have.
Whether you are in a position to give at this time or not, we beg that you will take a moment to share Phil's story via social media.
With much love,
"Therefore I do not lose heart. Though outwardly I am wasting away, yet inwardly, I am being renewed day by day. For my ... troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So I fix my eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 16-18
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