Jeffrey needs our help!

Please help Jeffrey in this time of need! As a member of the Red Knights and a biker brother he needs our help more than ever! Please read his story below and donate to help him through this very difficult time of his life and his family! And please share, share, share whether you are able to donate or not! Especially all his fellow biker brothers and sisters! Please share to your own biker clubs and help a brother in need!
My name is Jeffrey Haring, I first found myself ill on May 22 of 2011 at the age of 36 and told that I had inoperable oral cancer and to get my affairs in order because I probably wasn’t going to make it. I was told I had Squamous Cell stage 3 Tongue cancer. This required major surgery which included removal of two thirds of my tongue.
There were complications which resulted in a second surgery 2 or 3 days later, because the tissue samples after the first surgery failed to show clear margins. They again said I may not survive the anesthesia. I was devastated and afraid. Not only for myself but for my wife and son as well.
Even though being told I would not speak post-surgery, I was able to train myself to talk going so far as to do a commercial for Upper Delaware Cancer Center.
Having survived I believed I was “cancer free”. However this past summer in July I was advised that the cancer had returned and was even more aggressive than before.
On September 13, 2017, after much consultation I underwent surgery at Mount Sinai, which included removal of my entire tongue and everything underneath it, all lymph nodes, 2 cm of my esophagus, as well as a tumor about 8 cm long.
The surgical team then reconstructed a tongue (flap) using muscle tissue from my right leg. Currently I cannot eat or swallow, but even though being told I would be completely unable to speak, I am able to talk even though its garbled, for which I am very thankful and grateful.
After the latest surgery I was advised that I would require both Chemo and Radiation (post surgery ) as the doctors told me that if I didn’t, they were almost positive that the cancer would return a third time. Since that consultation I am now aware that since I had received the maximum dose of radiation I was now at risk of permanent damage from the upcoming radiation treatments also being advised I cannot receive Chemo.
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 17, and remember all of the emotional pain suffered by the family and those who loved her. I feel guilty knowing that outside of my own suffering I am causing that emotional turmoil and pain to those that love and care for me. Most of my life and especially since mom’s passing I’ve always made a concerted effort to try and not burden others.
I am now unable to work and have lost my income. It is hard and difficult to ask for help, and I am grateful for that which I receive. If I am blessed with donations the funds will go to help with saving my home and paying toward medical co-pays and procedures. Thank you!




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Organizer and beneficiary

Margie Borkenhagen 
Organizer
Deerpark, NY
Jeffrey Haring 
Beneficiary
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