Our father, Ken, has worked six days a week for most of the 27 years he’s been a letter carrier in southeast Michigan. Some years, he was the sole source of income for a household of five. He postponed vacations, rarely went out, and always put his family before himself.
It’s difficult for us to put into words how hard he worked. He wanted to make life easier for us, his three children, as we pursued college, careers, and better opportunities. And, at his own expense, that’s exactly what he did.
In February of 2018, a concerned co-worker of his called our mother to pick him up from the post office. For weeks, he’d struggled to remember the names of people he’d worked with for decades, and had difficulty with speech and comprehension.
That night at the hospital, an MRI revealed a three-inch tumor behind his left ear. Swelling on the brain had caused memory loss and language issues. By the end of the month, he underwent surgery to have it removed. While it was initially thought to be benign, pathology reports from Johns Hopkins medical center confirmed that it was cancerous. The oncologist diagnosed our father with Glioblastoma Multiforme, stage 4 ⸺ an aggressive brain cancer.
We are pursuing cutting-edge treatments for this disease, traveling to M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas and working with the cancer center at the University of Michigan. Some are not as lucky. We’ve been blessed with good health care and a loving, supportive family, but medical, travel, and living expenses will soon be difficult for them to manage. Upcoming chemotherapy and radiation treatments will severely limit his ability to work, if he's able to return at all.
Our wish is to ease the financial burden on our parents so our father can focus on his fight, and our mother can support him.
We are asking for any donation, of any size, to help supplement his deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, prescriptions, and travel costs as he battles cancer.
We are going to fight with him and do anything within our power to help him, because that’s what he’s done for us our entire lives.
Thank you for reading our father’s story, and for any donation, thought, prayer, or good wish you send him.
- Maria Muns
- Jim Plotzke
- M B
- Paul Alexander
- Kevin Perryman
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