French Family Compassion Fund

$17,525 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 7 months
Created November 8, 2017
Since November 2016, Robb French has had a severe reoccurrance of his Crohn's disease, causing extreme pain, emergency rectal surgery, difficult healing, and many expensive tests and drugs.  This process has led to Robb's inability to work his painting business since July 2017.  Efforts to obtain medical insurance have not been successful, and Robb, Julie and their 7 children have been stretched emotionally, relationally and spiritually. To date, they have exhausted their personal resources and the future is unknown as Robb looks toward long term IV medication infusions, advanced testing, and possibly several more surgeries in the next 6 months.
  In an effort to reach out and help bear their burdens, we are setting a goal of $75,000 with this fundraiser. This will decrease the current debt and provide for the future medical and family expenses. If you would like to share in this burden, we ask for you to consider a contribution to their family needs.They are very grateful for the various generous donations that have already come their way from caring people.
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"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." -William Arthur Ward

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For those who have prayed for our family and stood by us in countless ways, I wanted to take the time to give a little update, and to express our sincere thankfulness for you and how you have blessed our lives. At times our hearts have been too heavy to give an update, and sometimes we have tried to live in the moment and not think too much about what the future could hold. But for the 9 past months while Robb has been sick, our friends have held us up...you have truly been the hands and feet of God to us.

From the gas cards, cash, gift cards, halloween outfits, Christmas presents, meals, groceries, haircuts, marriage counseling, prayers, tears, elk meat, pork, beef, time taken out of your schedule to take our boys hunting or the girls to the store, a van, sports programs for the kids, hugs and shoulders to cry on, and so many more ways that you have showed God's love, we thank you. From our wonderful church family, to "old friends" who we have raised our children with, to friends across the country, and some we have never met but have heard that Robb was not able to work and sent help, tears fill our eyes everyday and we are in awe of the way you heard God's voice asking you to bless us. We put nice pictures on Facebook and wear a smile, but there were days when the pain was great and your kindness is really what reminded us that God was with us.

Robb is not pain-free now, and may always have to deal with issues related to Crohn's disease, but he is so much better! We are extremely thankful for the Remicade infusions that seem to be helping. Robb still needs to rest some and needs to spend a lot of time with self-care and is not able to work his construction job, but he is leading worship at our wonderful church, and is now leading the choir as well. His strength is remarkable for what he has been through. He has to take much less pain medicine and we are thankful for that.

We don't know what is to come in the future, but just seeing the way God has cared for us in ways we didn't even know we would need, we are not fearful. Our prayer is that we can have eyes to see those hurting and to give back a little of what has been given to us. With all our love,
Robb, Julie and family
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To all our Friends and Family,

Happy New Year 2018! God has been blessing Robb and Julie and their family tremendously through you. Many people gave during the holiday season, with money, gifts for the kids, and food, to make sure they enjoyed a blessed Christmas. They are so grateful!

Over the last 7 weeks, Robb has responded well to antibiotics to clear up his surgical area infection, and is experiencing much less pain. He is responding only somewhat to the special IV infusion medication for his Crohn's disease. The doctors are saying this will take many monthly infusions and may add other medications along the way, but are hopeful these medications will avert the need for another surgery to remove the remainder of his colon.

He is not able to work his painting business, but is still part time employed as his church worship leader. Julie helps with that and teaches music lessons.

They were able to obtain a high deductible insurance plan, which will only be used if there are large expenses ahead.

Your gifts are continuing to help them with living expenses, paying past and current medical bills, and paying the expensive premium for health insurance.

Again, they are so very grateful for your prayers and love through gifts! God's blessing to all!
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This is an update to Robb and Julie French's family need and Robb's medical status.
As you know, Robb's Crohn's disease and complications over the last year have warranted emergency surgery in August, many tests, Dr. appointments and medications. He has been unable to work since July 2017, so has months of lost income, and has had about $25,000 of medical expenses during that time. This fundraiser is to help eliminate some of that debt and to help fund ongoing drugs, tests, and possible surgeries.

Robb’s first IV infusion of the drug Remicade went well on 11/22 and he is scheduled for his second on 12/6. He was given the highest dose possible of this med, causing some bad fatigue, insomnia, and other side effects. He is on two other strong meds for his Crohns and just finished two antibiotics for his infections in the areas he had surgery in August. These areas are still his biggest source of pain.

The hope is the IV medication and other Crohns meds will put the Crohns in remission and then the fistulas where he had surgery can heal better. Good response to meds can help prevent need for future surgery or removal of the rest of his colon.

The body’s immune system is so complicated and amazing, but with Crohns, the immune system turns against the cells of the GI system and causes extreme inflammation, bleeding, pain, etc. The IV med he’s on is trying to calm down the immune system’s reaction, but this in turn makes his body less able to fight off infection from outside sources.

Please pray for good responses to medicines, wisdom and good communication with doctors, and hope as Robb deals with the daily grueling aspects of Crohn's.
Pray for courage in Robb and Julie’s hearts as they homeschool and parent their 7 children, and pray for Julie to have daily strength as she teaches many music students. Another prayer is for them to be approved for some health insurance in the next month.

We send love and many thanks again for your loving gifts and prayers!
Kathy
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Dear Friends and Family,

Robb's condition is stable as of today, November 14. His infection is improving with antibiotics, which also helps some with pain, but he needs another procedure done this week, hopefully, to find the extent of the the infection. He was not able to start the IV Crohn's medication today as planned because the medication did not arrive from the manufacturer. This is being rescheduled for next week. Please pray the medication and paperwork will be expedited and for continued healing.

Robb was very touched emotionally today when I shared with him how many of you have responded to his needs.

Thank you and God bless you!
Kathy Sauer
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