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Will Peterson vs. Colon Cancer

$9,295 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 100 people in 3 months
Created April 9, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Will Peterson
In early February of 2019, our friend and fellow hickory golfer Will Peterson entered the hospital for what he thought was going to be an appendectomy.  When the doctors opened him up, they discovered his appendix had ruptured due to colon cancer. 

Surprise.

That operation started what will surely be a long journey for Will in battling colon cancer.  After that operation, it was weeks of fighting infections and other setbacks.  Finally, Will got hooked up with Tampa's world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center and his treatments began in earnest.  These treatments include six months of chemo and at least one more surgery to remove the residual tumor still inside of Will.  This treatment plan will take nearly an entire year.

None of this comes easy.  Chemo treatments run about $17,000 each and he needs at least 12.  Just to make the process a bit more challenging, Will was laid off from his job shortly after his diagnosis, which means he must now foot the bill for an expensive COBRA health care policy to keep the insurance that pays for most of his medical costs. And even with that, there are bills on top of bills for co-pays and deductibles and living expenses and more.

Fighting cancer isn't cheap.

We are seeking to raise funds for Will to cover the costs of his COBRA insurance, his co-pays for cancer treatment and other incidental living expenses.   These funds are needed now and in the future, so we'll be keeping this page up and running for as long as it takes.

Anything you can contribute will be appreciated and sharing this campaign via social media would also be terrific.  Crank up your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds and send this out the world.

Will will beat this - especially if we all help.


(below, Will leaves the hospital after beating the most recent infection)


(Yeah, same jacket as above, but a much different day)


(The Peterson Family)
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My first couple of years at FSU, I lived in a house across the street from the stadium and would charge people to park the yard. At the first game, a woman approached me and asked who was in charge. She said, “we would like a spot for the entire year, we don’t want to be parked in and will pay in advance.” After a short negotiation, we came to terms for the season, and she invited me to their tailgate across the street. The woman I spoke to was Becky and she introduced me to Norma Jean. They were the epitome of Southern Grandmothers and put out an amazing spread. I would tailgate with them for the next five years. Friends of mine would go out of their way to get me to take them to eat. On more than one occasion when it rained, Becky would call to make sure I held their spot. When they arrived, there was a knock at the door, and she would have huge trays of food for me and my friends. She said they tailgated at home and wanted to make sure we were able to eat. They were concerned I was so far from home, so for some games they’d bring me fresh baked cookies. They made me try many different foods including the one and only time I’ve had grits.

Luckily my mother came to a game, and exchange information with them. They kept in touch via Christmas cards for the last 15 years. When they heard about the diagnosis, they reach out and we were able to meet Becky and her husband Dick for lunch this week. I wish it would have been under better circumstances, but it was great to see them again.
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Today I joined the ranks of swashbuckling sailors, outlaw biker gangs and hipsters at your local farmers markets and got a tattoo, three to be exact. I asked them for the cover art from Appetite for Destruction, but as you can see from the photo was left wanting.

But in all seriousness, the tattoos are markers for the radiology team to use during my radiation treatments next week. Unfortunately, the tumor has started to grow, and is causing a great deal of pain. We are hoping that the radiation will stop the growth and relieve the pressure that is causing the pain.
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We just blew past 75% of our Goal!

Where did this new burst of contributions come from? I posted about the campaign on the Carolina Hickory Association site and buddy in the Northwest put it on the social media feed of the Northwest Hickory Players. I also posted it on the Florida Hickory Golfers website, which I somehow forgot to do the first time around.

It just goes to show the power of online media. People are usually eager to help out if find out about a situation and online social media is how the word gets spread. So keep spreading the word!

I'm hoping the Society of Hickory Golfers will be next to publish something (UPDATE - IF WAS POSTED ON THE SOHG FACEBOOK PAGE TODAY!) and after that, I think Will's parents are hosting a shindig in their neck of the woods. Keep those contributions coming! We don't have to stop at $10K. If we go over, GREAT! That'll be more funds for Will in his fight against cancer.

Thanks to all who've given and if you have social media, use it to share this story.

RG
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WOW!

We were hoping to break 50% of our goal by this past weekend. Instead we blew right through that and as of this morning, we're just a few dollars shy of 60% of our goal!

Thanks to EVERYONE who has contributed and spread the word. Remember, after pledging a few bucks, the best thing you can do is post this on your social media accounts and encourage others to support the cause. And if you're feeling up to it, pledge a few more bucks when the opportunity arises.

FYI - Since we've blown past the 50% mark, I started the process of sending Will the first portion of funds raised by this campaign. Hopefully, he'll have them in hand within a week (the initial transfer takes a bit longer because GoFundMe has to verify everything, which is good).

More later.

Rich
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$9,295 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 100 people in 3 months
Created April 9, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Will Peterson
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