Greg Foster's Medical Fund

$23,748 of $97,000 goal

Raised by 134 people in 14 months
Bryce Foster
on behalf of Gregory Foster
 FLORISSANT, MO
My father, Greg Foster was one of the greatest track & field hurdlers of all time. I am asking friends, family and his fans worldwide to help me help him over this final hurdle.  Several months ago he was diagnosed with a very rare disease named AL AMYLOIDOSIS and he now needs our help. We need to raise $97,000 to help cover his medical expenses. I’m starting this Go Fund Me account on his behalof.  Please help me by donating and sharing the word.

My Dad has been suffering in silence. Until recently my dad hadn’t conveyed these feelings to many, including myself.  I guess because of his pride, and his desire to consistently think positive, pray and believe that his heart is getting better he hasn’t let others know about his true day to day difficulties.

Right now the effects of this disease is more devastating to him than he’s admitting to friends, family and his fans worldwide. He’s expressed to me that although both he and his doctors are very optimistic and hoping for a full recovery, things get really rough for him some days. He does have more good days than bad ones but his recovery from those bad days take several more days. These rough days take a toll on him mentally and physically, not to mention the day to day financial burdens.

He’s expressed to me that there’s even Great days but they are far and few in between. During those bad/recovery days it’s hard for him to muster up enough energy to do anything including work consistently. Just standing and walking for him gets difficult during those times making it nearly impossible to work.

My dad is a doer, a worker and always a giver. He’s never been a taker and always a very hard worker. He’s never been one to sit around, EVER! He was always the first one to wake and the last one to sleep and throughout the day he was constantly working, work that benefits others. He’s done a hell of a lot for so many people, including many of my friends and he has never asked for anything in return. I personally know that he helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help youth around the St Louis area receive over 15 million dollars in college scholarships. What he has done for my brothers and I over the years “IS PRICELESS”! He was/is always there, well before we ever need him.

He’s expressed how on some days he sits at home alone sometimes feeling depressed with no sense of purpose. “Feeling he has nothing to offer anyone.” Certain events (like the birth of my niece AVA, his new grand baby) help him get through tough times but soon those events pass and the days are again filled with emptiness.
My dad’s largest worry right now is fighting his medical cost battle. Fighting that one financial battle puts a major strain on his household financial obligations. He’s confident that because of his faith and beliefs, the physical challenges that he faces will get better. As for this financial hurdle, he must raise $97,000 to clear this final barrier. On behalf of my dad and my family I’m asking for your help. With your support, he can get his medical cost under control and really focus on the larger and most important issue, HIS HEALTH.

PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE THIS POST….. Thank You and God Bless.




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Good afternoon everyone. Following the results of my Pop's latest Heart MRI I wanted to give you an update on where he is medically. There is bad news, but good news. Although the lab work has shown favorable results as they relate to his heart function, the MRI unfortunately confirms that there is NO improvement of the heart damage. We were/are hoping that the experimental treatment would/will help to reverse the damage....it unfortunately has not. The Good news is the MRI also confirms that there is no additional damage to his heart. We are still very optimistic and in our eyes "the glass is still half full"!! we will continue to fight this battle and get him and his heart back to 100%!
As far as his gofundme medical fund, I spoke to a couple of his supporters asking them what I could do differently to help reach our financial goals. One of them pointed out that as of yesterday there has been 8,916 visits to his gofundme page, if each of those visitors had just donated $11 dollars each, our goal would have been reached and that part of his journey would be over. I never looked at it that way! He encouraged me NOT to give up and stressed that what I was doing was a good thing for my Pops. He said “There’s others out there that are willing to help. Your Dad touched many lives and did a lot of good things for a lot of people over the past 40 years, just keep spreading the word and continue the updates. There are many others willing to help him clear this hurdle. We just have to reach them.” With that advice, I again will NOT give up…
Again, I ask all of you that read this update please continue to help spread the word by sharing this post and any others pertaining to Pops' recovery.

Again Thank all of you and God Bless..
Bryce
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Since I was encouraged not to give up on my goal by one of my dad’s former UCLA Track & Field teammates we have really been blessed with some special contributions from the Track & Field Community. I asked myself, how do I say Thank You to some of the greatest Track & Field coaches ever? I really don’t know how but, I’d like to take this time to give my deepest appreciation, gratitude and admiration to those GREAT Track & Field coaches that have reached out to my dad with their words of encouragement and their generous contributions. There really are no words the I/we can say to show our appreciation for your acts of kindness. I know Pop’s going to see ALL of you at some point soon and will be thanking each of you directly, but I had to take this time to personally thank the following Coaches: Brooks Johnson (Olympic & World Class Coach), Mike Holloway (Head Coach U of Florida), Sue Humphrey (Head Olympic Coach, Athens 2004), Joel Brown (Former World Class Hurdler & Ohio State coach) George Williams (St.-AUG & Head Olympic Coach , Athens 2004), Karen Dennis (Ohio State & Head Olympic Coach, Sydney 2000 ) and Vin Lananna (President of USATF & Head Olympic Coach, Rio 2016).
I do not undervalue the generosity of ANYONE who has taken the time from their busy schedule to read about my Dad journey and given of their hard-earned money to support his Go Fund Me medical fund. Every dollar that has been given thus far has been a true blessing. I just had to give a special shout out to those coaches above in the Track & Field community.

Please continue to share Pops story & journey and help us reach our goal. https://www.gofundme.com/gregfosterthehurdler

God Bless ALL of YOU!
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Happy Hump Day Friends and Supporters. I want to give a very BIG shout out to ALL of the supporters of my dad's campaign thus far. Some of you have given on more than one occasion and there are no words that can tell nor show you how grateful we are for your kindness and generosity. For those of you that have visited the site and shared it we are grateful. Please continue to share the site for me and get the word out. I want to let everyone know that this is a one-time goal. Although because of his ongoing doctor visits and monthly lab work dad will unfortunately continue to incur medical bills. That's a given and we are handling those as they come in. This medical fund is for ONE (1) major medical bill for the actual bone marrow transplant.
This fund is to help cover the 20% patient medical portion for just that procedure ONLY. I want to make it clear that we are NOT trying to raise funds for any additional medical bills past or future.

With that said, please continue to help me reach our goal by continuing to spread the word.

https://www.gofundme.com/gregfosterthehurdler
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Good Afternoon Friends Family and Supporters. Although I've been sending thank you's to our anonymous donors Its been a while since I've posted publicly with any updates. I know my dad sent out a thank you to ALL supporters on his new "birthday" June 15, 2017, I wanted to give you the "real deal".... Yes Pops is doing well. He is back in the weight room and as you can see from the attached picture he is gaining his weight and some muscle definition back. He is very excited about the progress. Because of the damage already done to his heart he's still not able to do any substantial cardio yet. Which frustrates the hell out of him.. Any real stress he puts on his heart causes him to have to sit for a couple days because he gets weak. And that frustrates him even more. So, he's learned the hard way to do the cardio in moderation. Working too hard too often as he did last week caught up with him and put a strain on his immune system and now he's battling a flu bug. Now he has no other option than to sit his butt down and rest. Yes, the Chemo and Bone Marrow went well but the journey is far from over. He still has some bad days.. Please keep you Prayers and well wishes coming.

I received the following message from one of my Dad's former UCLA teammates. "Hi Bryce,
Thank you for your kind message. Your dad and I were teammates at UCLA. We did not really interact as he was a sprinter and I was a middle distance
runner. He was a real class act and an inspiration to me. Seven months ago I had a heart attack which lead to a triple bypass in March. So, I have some experience with life threatening illness. What I learned through my experience is that the patient needs a strong advocate in his/her corner. What you are doing here for your dad is heroic and you should not give up. There are others who care but just haven't gotten the message. Please keep up your persistence.
I am glad that I could contribute. M

On that note I am not giving up...Please help me continue to spread the word so that we can reach our financial goal.
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David Edwards
11 months ago
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My names Dave and just recently my father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Seeing hi go through the cancer and having those rough days was hard, I totally understand where you and your family are coming from during this time. It sounds like he is doing ok and will get better. I'll pray that this disease goes away. Stay strong and pray for him as well as the family. My names David Edwards and I hope that you raise that money. Take Care

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Summa Dat
5 months ago

Bryce & Greg, I had a similar experience and have just now been diagnosed with amyloidosis al. I found this site that documents the use of EGCG, green tea extract as an effective treatment: http://www.hunstein-egcg.de/en/al-egcg.html . There are clinical trials in Germany and there have been positive results in other trials. I have not started my chemo yet but I have started taking the EGVG 3 times a day as follows: Now Foods EGCg Green Tea Extract 400 mg (decaffeinated), 200 mg Vitamin C, 20 mg piperine. I will keep in touch if you would like. I am being treated by the Stanford Amyloid Center, Dr Liedtke and Dr. Witteles. Greg, I know you are grateful for being surrounded by loving family and friends and the rich life you continue to have in spite of the challenges in front of you. You will need support for your mental and emotional challenges as well as your health issues. I have been using mindfullness meditation to keep me from falling into depression. I have found this phrase helpful: Relate with your feelings directly and selflessly and let their power open you up.

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Created December 19, 2016
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Jamie Wong
3 months ago

I watched your dad hurdle at UCLA and marveled at his skills. From this former track athlete, it was thing of beauty. Best to your dad and family.

MH
$100
Matt Horneman
3 months ago

Praying for you Greg

CT
$20
Cinzia Turnaturi
4 months ago

Con tutto il mio affetto, Greg.

David Edwards
11 months ago
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My names Dave and just recently my father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Seeing hi go through the cancer and having those rough days was hard, I totally understand where you and your family are coming from during this time. It sounds like he is doing ok and will get better. I'll pray that this disease goes away. Stay strong and pray for him as well as the family. My names David Edwards and I hope that you raise that money. Take Care

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Summa Dat
5 months ago

Bryce & Greg, I had a similar experience and have just now been diagnosed with amyloidosis al. I found this site that documents the use of EGCG, green tea extract as an effective treatment: http://www.hunstein-egcg.de/en/al-egcg.html . There are clinical trials in Germany and there have been positive results in other trials. I have not started my chemo yet but I have started taking the EGVG 3 times a day as follows: Now Foods EGCg Green Tea Extract 400 mg (decaffeinated), 200 mg Vitamin C, 20 mg piperine. I will keep in touch if you would like. I am being treated by the Stanford Amyloid Center, Dr Liedtke and Dr. Witteles. Greg, I know you are grateful for being surrounded by loving family and friends and the rich life you continue to have in spite of the challenges in front of you. You will need support for your mental and emotional challenges as well as your health issues. I have been using mindfullness meditation to keep me from falling into depression. I have found this phrase helpful: Relate with your feelings directly and selflessly and let their power open you up.

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