Several years ago, as he neared retirement, he began to notice problems with his own health. The diagnosis turned out to be cancer and Lyme’s disease. One doctor's prognosis was that he "might have about 6 months." In true "Roger" fashion, he began to search for answers, only this time, for himself. As usual, he does not complain, no matter how he feels. Fortunately, the treatments that have been implemented over the last few years have helped in his battle and have proven the doctor, who believed he was in the last months of his life, wrong. All the while, he has continued to work to help others throughout this time.
Recently, he has been referred to a clinic in the southwest (he resides on the east coast), which boasts a 70% success rate, for people fighting cancer. The clinic is believed to be a good option because of the treatments they provide. He and his wife, Betty, will need to live there for a minimum of 2 months. Unfortunately, though they do have insurance, much of their expenses will not be covered. As a man who grew up on a dairy farm, he has never been afraid of working hard. He has been more concerned with helping others and would not ask for financial help with this burden. However, we have learned over the years, when we present a "gift of thanks", he and Betty have both accepted it with extreme gratitude.
So we, his family, including his six grandchildren (ranging from 1 year old to 19 years old) are asking for any contributions that can be made to the fund we have established. This money will be used to offset the cost of treatments and housing while they are staying out west.
Please, DO NOT contact Roger or Betty regarding this matter. Those that know them well understand the importance of privacy and the need for personal space during these circumstances. It is important for him to focus on the healing process. In addition, we do not want to alert them of this fund until we actually present it to them. This has been a stressful time and I'm sure you can respect their wanting to keep to themselves and focus on the task at hand. Please send prayers, well wishes, and good vibes out to them. Please feel free to reach out to any of us, their children, if you wish.
Thanks for your love and support!
Jen, Amy, Ryan and Rachel
P.S There have been many requests for direct contributions, personal cards and get well wishes. Please contact Jennifer by email at [email redacted] and she will be able to assist you with this information.
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