some of you might know my family personally. i might have grown up with you, or you might know my dad from before i was even born. you might have met him in florida or north carolina or one of the other numerous states he has travelled to. you might have met him in his hippie store in avon or you might not have met him at all. you might know us from youtube , and have caught my dad in some of my videos throughout the last 6 years. or hey, you might have just clicked on this randomly.
(see a recent video of us here)
i first want to say thank you for taking the time to read this and for caring enough to check it out.
as many of you know, my dad has cancer. about 4 years ago he developed a cancerous tumor in his throat. at first, he underwent radiation treatments but quickly realized it was doing more harm than good for him, so he had to stop. up until recently, he has treated it naturally and we have had the amazing fortune that it has not affected him very much & it has not progressed. unfortunately that is all changing now. within the last few months, it has started to become more painful for him. his tumor has grown & his lymph nodes have swollen to the point where it hurts him more often than not. he has a hard time eating & deals with a lot of pain. throughout all of this though, my dad has had the most amazing and positive attitude. i believe that is honestly what i feel has gotten him this far. even now, when he is pain, he finds a positive side to every situation. it is truly admirable.
most of you who know my dad know that he shines a positive light towards everyone he meets. he is a wise, funny & truly caring man with so many stories to tell and lessons to teach. you can ask anyone who has met him & they will talk about all the crazy stories "hippie Floyd" has told them or the things he has taught them. he has made his own way in this world, and although it has not been traditional, it has always been positive & his priority has always been me. i lived for a good portion of my childhood watching my dad work 2 jobs to be able to support us. i watched him paint houses, and sell tye dye tshirts, i watched him work at groceries stores and bakeries. he has shown me hard work and made sure that i was well rounded, got to do all the things i wanted to, and had an open mind to the world around me. he has taught me that everyone is different, special, and deserves to be heard regardless of what they look like or where they come from. he has been an amazing grandfather to my 2 kids, stepping in to help me anytime i needed. he has travelled to my house in fayetteville to help me and even picked up and moved his life to florida to be there for us.
and for all these reasons, is why i am doing this. while i help my dad as much as i can, i cannot do as much as i would like, or as much as he needs. at this point in his life he is living on a fixed income of just over $700 per month. he pays his rent and electric, food and medicine out of this. he is left with nothing after the bills are paid. he goes without ac, just to make sure his bills stay low & manageable for him. he no longer drives, but rides his bike around to get the things he needs. he is adamant that he loves his house and wants to stay there. he is adamant that he is doing well, but i know it could be better. his medicine is expensive, nearly $300 per month, & we have a hard time affording it or he goes without what he needs. he has been doing ok, but i know it could be better and easier for him, especially now that its getting so much harder. he could be in less pain and he could feel a bit better & i want to help him.
people have asked if i had a gofundme for him, so thats why i am making this. i hate to even ask, but at this point i feel like its one of the ways i can help, and i want to do everything i can. any amount given makes a difference to him, and by no means do i want anyone to feel obligated. i appreciate more than anything all the support we have gotten and anything that is given.
you can find my dad on instagram here.
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