Lee Terry's Road to Recovery Fund

Earlier this year, Lee Terry noticed what he thought was a swollen gland in his neck. When it didn’t go away on its own, and he started to lose his appetite, he made an appointment with a doctor. A CT scan showed a mass on the right side of his neck. After a biopsy and a PET scan, and a long period of waiting and high anxiety for Lee and his wife, Susan, Lee was officially diagnosed with a Stage III invasive squamous cell carcinoma. The doctors determined that the cancerous cells were in the right tonsil, and attempting to move into a lymph node. Surgery, thought to be the best course of action, was scheduled for May 10th. Lee’s initial surgery was considered to be a success, and he is recovering well, but he has a long road ahead.  

 Luckily, the type of cancer Lee has, while painful and aggressive, brings with it a high cure rate. His treatment, including the tests, surgery to remove lymph nodes and tonsil, and major oral surgery (extraction of all his teeth, for the radiation to be effective), followed by 5-6 weeks of daily radiation therapy with a chemotherapy treatment every week. During this time, Lee will be have to eat through a feeding tube. This combination of treatments is very expensive. Lee’s insurance will cover some of it, but not enough.

For those of you who don’t know Lee, he and his wife Susan have been long-time staples of the Winston-Salem music scene, bringing the community joy through their performances without much monetary gain. Lee will most likely be out of work for at least two months, and he will be unable to perform music gigs until fall of this year, which is bound to take an emotional and financial toll on both Lee and Susan. Music work is a substantial portion of their family income, and basic household expenses will become more and more difficult to handle over the course of the next several months. 

Any financial contributions you can offer Lee and Susan will allow them to focus more of their energy on recovery and less of it on how to make ends meet. They are already feeling stronger thanks to the positive energy and kind words you all bring to their lives, and for that, they can’t thank you enough. They are filled with gratitude for each day they're given, and ready for the battle ahead. While they never expected to get rich making music, they plan to continue to contribute to the Winston-Salem music scene when this is behind them, with your help and support.
by, CB, ET & CT
  • Cashin Hunt 
    • $25 
    • 59 mos
  • Michael Bennett 
    • $50 
    • 59 mos
  • Davidson Smith 
    • $100 
    • 60 mos
  • Jerry & Jennifer Chapman 
    • $75 
    • 60 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 60 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Curtis Terry 
Rural Hall, NC
Lee Terry