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Help Young Pastor Fight Cancer

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Raised by 188 people in 3 months
Created April 8, 2019
SOMETHING’S WRONG………..

In November of last year Pastor Tomm Gordon was about his business of pastoring The Edge Foursquare Church in Edgewood, Washington, when he noticed a lump under his arm.  As a husband, father of 2 small children, and senior pastor, Tomm had many responsibilities to tend to but wisdom said he should get this checked out.  

The initial appointment called for testing and further investigation.  At the conclusion of a mammogram, X-rays, CT scans, PET scan and an eventual surgery to remove the tumor, Tomm was diagnosed with Stage 3 malignant melanoma skin cancer.  

This began Tomm’s journey of 30 weekly radiation treatments as well as ongoing Opdivo (a form of chemotherapy).  The radiation treatments have been completed but now there are 2 more nodules in his chest. Another surgery is scheduled in early May.

This has disrupted the whole family. Tomm has side effects from the treatments which impair him from being the pastor he has always been.  In addition, his wife is trying to care for Tomm, the kids, and her father who has been diagnosed with cancer as well.  As you can imagine, this family’s life has been turned upside down. While facing cancer has its own challenges, having to worry about finances, as the insurance is insufficient, can be overwhelming.  For this reason, I am asking you to prayerfully consider making a contribution, large or small, to help defer the medical/living expenses that have incurred and will continue to incur during their journey. 

My goal is to raise $75,000 to help this family. I have known Tomm for several years and found him to be a loving husband and father who is dedicated to sharing the gospel and living a life of humility and integrity. 

How grateful the Gordon family will be for your support!
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This was from Tomm on Friday, June 14.

My family is SO thankful for all you have done for us! We cannot express that enough. As of right now I am continuing to take my daily dose of meds & things are still going well because of them. I have my next PET scan scheduled for June 25th at 7:25am. I will likely get those results the next day. The plan, as of right now, is to then immediately start a new treatment of Yervoy & Opdivo (the date to start I am not sure). I will do this every 3 weeks for 4 treatments. Then they would take me off Yervoy & only do Opdivo. The doc said that if things progressed on these meds they would go back to what I am on now & then do another plan (we don't want that)! Also, she keeps talking to me about different places that do clinical trials. I have connected with a place in Portland but they can only help me if the next meds don't work. She is also reaching out to the National Institute of Health in DC, where they offer trials. As far as our family, we are enjoying visits from some family (Paul & Judy, my dad & step mom Nancy, my sister & niece & nephew will be here next week). These are great but also exhausting. I struggle & battle, going back & forth...I believe God is going to heal me, but not sure how or when. If I have to continue doing these treatments, when is enough enough? I promised Sarah years ago that I would take her to Paris, do I do that soon before I can't? All these heart things.
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Tomm sent this May 27, 2019
Friends, here is a brief update (please read to the end:
Barring a major shift (positive or negative) I won't know much else until after scans sometime late in June. A positive shift would be something like a change in my facial pain & numbness. No need to share anything negative. So, for the next month or so I will continue to take my chemo pills daily, go to my checkups & wait.

As for YOU...yes, YOU...we need YOU. Sarah & I believe that the Lord is doing a healing work in me, in a process. We have had powerful men & women of God, that He has utilized to bring complete healing to people, pray healing prayer over us by the laying on of hands (Biblical approach). We have taken communion regularly, knowing that His blood brings healing. We have come into agreement with every healing Scripture we can find (reading them & praying them over me often). We have gone to churches & healing rooms for prayer.

In saying this, we are sensing Him at work in me. It is true that a funeral was being discussed just weeks ago, confirmed by big time doctors at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I am not planning a funeral any longer, so we know God is doing something. What we are sensing is taking place is that He is doing a work in my family, drawing us to Him & each other like never before. He is causing us to rely on YOU--your prayers & your support, bringing YOU into the mix. I believe He is going to touch many of YOUR lives in this process, drawing YOU to Him in greater ways.

To conclude, we need YOU to continue to pray for me. Others have actually confirmed this in their prayers for me. Several different people have sensed that it is ALL the prayers, coming from all of US, that is stirring God to do amazing things. It isn't one person, or one church, or one prayer. It is a mix of many people, many churches & many of OUR prayers--together! PLEASE DON"T STOP PRAYING FOR ME! THANK YOU!
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Tomm sent a video about his powerful experience in Bethel Church in Redding, California but I couldn't get it to upload. God's presence was felt in a profound way!

Here is Tomm's update from May 16, 2019:
Friends, here is a brief update (please read to the end:
Barring a major shift (positive or negative) I won't know much else until after scans sometime late in June. A positive shift would be something like a change in my facial pain & numbness. No need to share anything negative. So, for the next month or so I will continue to take my chemo pills daily, go to my checkups & wait.

As for YOU...yes, YOU...we need YOU. Sarah & I believe that the Lord is doing a healing work in me, in a process. We have had powerful men & women of God, that He has utilized to bring complete healing to people, pray healing prayer over us by the laying on of hands (Biblical approach). We have taken communion regularly, knowing that His blood brings healing. We have come into agreement with every healing Scripture we can find (reading them & praying them over me often). We have gone to churches & healing rooms for prayer.

In saying this, we are sensing Him at work in me. It is true that a funeral was being discussed just weeks ago, confirmed by big time doctors at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I am not planning a funeral any longer, so we know God is doing something. What we are sensing is taking place is that He is doing a work in my family, drawing us to Him & each other like never before. He is causing us to rely on YOU--your prayers & your support, bringing YOU into the mix. I believe He is going to touch many of YOUR lives in this process, drawing YOU to Him in greater ways.

To conclude, we need YOU to continue to pray for me. Others have actually confirmed this in their prayers for me. Several different people have sensed that it is ALL the prayers, coming from all of US, that is stirring God to do amazing things. It isn't one person, or one church, or one prayer. It is a mix of many people, many churches & many of OUR prayers--together! PLEASE DON"T STOP PRAYING FOR ME! THANK YOU!
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Friday, May 3. Update from Tomm:
Hi friends. I am feeling much better, in my body, which is so awesome!
I have 2 things I want to ask for prayer on:
1 - Side effects. I am having blurred vision and a weird eye issue (it is like autofocus on a camera).
2 - I have decided to take a trip to Bethel (a few people have so generously blessed us with the opportunity). This came after much prayer (making sure I am going there out of faith & expectation for God to move & not out of just my love for them & any dependence on Bethel over the Lord). We will go next Thursday-Sunday.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness to pray for us. I want to live. I know the meds are only a stop-gap without the Lord's intervention (through the meds or without them...but only with Him will I live a long life).
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