His diagnostic prognosis outlook looks good and he will be starting a radiation and chemotherapy treatment plan.
However, he needs help in covering his medical, travel expenses, dental (some dental work is required before they start his treatment) and loss of wages (about 20 hours a week) that his existing insurance will not cover. He will also be adding about 100 miles/day when travelling to the treatment center over an estimated 6 week period. Treatment, swallowing and eating will be challenging during his recovery.
It is estimated that he needs to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 to cover the above-mentioned expenses.
Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Jim has never asked for help from anyone before, mostly due to pride in being able to take care of his family and himself, but this “adventure” is going to tax his abilities.
A cancer diagnosis is not the end; it is a beginning. The beginning of a fight that is more important than any other fight. Jim knows that he has the best people in his corner and has no intention of giving up; he has the best doctors in the world caring for him and the best support system to help in between.
Unfortunately medical care is not free; and that is why we are asking for your help.
The Back Story
Jim has always been a self-motivated, hard working individual.
He was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and graduated from Sentinel High School in 1973 with a 4.0 GPA. Jim set a school record in the long jump of 21 ft, 6 inches. During his senior year, he held down 3 jobs: Boxboy at Buttery’s Grocery Store, Machinist at American Dental and gas pump jockey at Tabish Brothers Mobile.
Jim enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and upon completion of boot camp, attended Sonar School. In 1976 Jim earned his Submarine Dolphins, a submarine warefare insignia.
Jim served on the USS Francis Scot Key, USS Sam Houston, USS Ohio, USS Georgia, CBN35, USS Truxton, and was part of the Nimitz Battle Group. Jim did patrols out of Charlston, Rota Spain, Guam, Hawaii, and as part of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Navy in May 1995 as a Senior Chief.
Jim was blessed with four wonderful daughters during his first marriage, which suffered under all that is required in a military career. He met his “sweetie”, Sue in 2000, who is a 7 year breast cancer survivor. She is his hero and greatest supporter.
Jim and Sue are active with the Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Club, where he’s held several board positions. He has been a member of a submarine Veterans group, USSVI since 2010, and helped establish the Submarine Veterans Motorcycle Club.
Jim is currently employed as a mechanic at Mildenberger Motors in Hamilton, Montana, and resides in Stevensville, Montana.
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Any amount would help tremendously. Many Thanks!
- Mitch Rosenau
- Sharon Cassell
- Ken Board
- Bill Cassell
- Guyle Guderian
Organizer and beneficiary
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