Greg Foster's Medical Fund
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.
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..
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!
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.
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.
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On that note I am not giving up...Please help me continue to spread the word so that we can reach our financial goal.
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
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.