Whether you’ve spent five minutes or five decades with the inimitable Tom Vaught, you know what the rest of us know – that he is unlike anyone else on this grand planet. A poet, a pirate, a peddler of wit and wisdom, a vintage soul with a vibrant heart, the buoyancy of the one and only Tom Vaught is unparalleled. He is and has always been as loquacious and audacious and vivacious as he is free. He has barreled through life with an open mind and an open heart, enchanting strangers and friends alike, every step the way.
And now, he is battling cancer.
On Saturday, 3/3/18, Tom was scheduled to fly from the Denver Airport with his friend Gibby (aka: Brian Long) to Chicago. But after going through security, Tom got dizzy and was checked out by an airport medic and told he should not fly. He was instructed to go directly to a hospital for observation. Gib brought him to the Medical Center for the Rockies in Loveland, CO where he was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer, originating in the prostate. The cancer has spread to his bones.
This condition is severe and tests are being conducted daily. Tom has applied for Medicaid coverage and we expect him to receive it. Nevertheless, there remain a multitude out-of-pocket and ongoing expenses that insurance will not cover. These include subsequent living arrangements and outpatient expenses. Additionally, Tom won’t be able to work again for a long time, if at all.
Funds will go directly into an account opened expressly for these purposes. The Vaught vs. Cancer account will be administered by our Tom Vaught team, which includes Brian Long (aka: Gibby), Lisa Markowitz, Mark Laudy, and Jeff Grand (Esq).
Thank you for getting in our corner for the battle of Tom’s life -- because we’re about to give cancer the fight of its life.