Rick's Cancer Tx Support Fund

$7,151 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 47 months

This is my second  born son, Rick James Franklin, age 26... Yes his name is really "Rick James" and he is a Musician/Sound Audio Engineer.  We did not know he was going to grow up and play a guitar, rock music and become quite the Entertainer when we named him... LOL.  Rick graduated this past AUG 2014 from Sound Audio Engineering Institue-Nashville as the Class Valedictorian.  Sadly, it turned out to be the "Happiest Sad Day" and "Best Worst Nights" of his young life.  It was in the midst of our being overjoyed at Graduation night in downtown Nashville, TN that Rick received an urgent text, phone call and Email from his attending Physician at TRISTAR Medical Center requesting that he pressent to the ER immediately.  Given such an alarming  request, we complied only to find out that Rick had a serious and life-threatening form of Cancer that required immediate and aggressive treatment if he had any chance of surviving.  He was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma of the chest wall that had begun to cause life-threatening degradations of vital organs in his upper chest wall.  He began immediate Chemo Therapy and will be followed post Chemo with Radiation Treatment.  He is very sick presently and it goes without saying that on the brink of realizing his dream as a Musician, Song Writer, Entertainer and Sound Audio Engineer, he was devastated by Cancer that in an instant took away everything... all that he had worked so long and hard for.  He is now unemployed being to sick to hold a job with the ongoing CHEMO.   Having no means to provide for himself, he is now living at home with us, his parents, drowning in debt from the Cancer Treatment and medical costs and very sick given the aggressive and severe Chemo that he is undergoing.  He is in dire need of financial support from those that can appreciate what it is like to have one's entire life devastated in an instant by the Demon, Cancer....  His Oncologist at the Sara Cannon Cancer and Research Center is hopeful that Rick may be able to fight this serious threat to his life and return to some semblance of a quality of life, but there is also the likelyhood that this serious assualt on such a vital region of his body could be a "Bridge To Far" and he could be leaving us tragically at such a young age.  We are going to hold out hope that he may BEAT THIS illness, but he needs your thoughts, prayers and financial support in an effort to keep the medical costs of such a long-term battle from desroying him financially.  He is an amazing and creative person and we desparately need him in our world as he has so much to offer so many.  Please give what you can to help him survive his life-threatening battle with Cancer.  Your compassion, careing and concern will give him the strength to fight on  emotionally, phyisically, financially and spriitually.   God Bless you for taking notice of Rick's Life Story and the tragic life and death struggle he is now facing.  L:ove Always, LTC(R) Tony R. Franklin, Ph.D., U.S. Army Disabled Veteran....     "NSDQ!"

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We feel truly blessed by God to have experienced some of his greatest and most beautiful handiwork... And to be touched by such a miracle... Last AUG 2015 we feared that we would be losing our Son, Rick, at the age of 26... and now less than a year later we stood @ 6,643 feet on top of the tallest mountain on the Eastern Seaboard, Clingmans Dome, TN... Hiking the Appalacian Trail... What had been our dream since he was a kid... It just does not get any mother than that....!
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It has been months since Rick has received any Support at all... He is currently on the Appalacian Trail with me and CAPT Andy Davidson... I am asking all of you to help me get the word out for Rick's Go Fund Me ACCT...he needs everyone's help now more than ever... Hiking the AT has been his Dram since forever. Please help him keep going on the AT... Although it is tough on him being out here on the AT (AND EXPENSIVE) as he is still Detoxing from CHEMO and Radiation, it is something he feels strongly about....
Please DONATE if you can and help others TO CONTRIBUTE too!!)!! Thanks so much for all that many of you have already donE to help Rick in his battle with Cancer, Life and the out of control Medical/Obama Care System... Love Always, Doc Hollywood....
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Rick and I are finally headed to the Appalacian Trail in Virginia to catch up with my Best Friend, CAPT Andy Davidson (USN SPEC OPS RETIRED)... He is Thru Hiking the AT and he started in Springer Mountain, GA, the start of the North Bound AT trail... HE HAS GONE OVER 1,000 miles since 31March 2015...! We cannot wait to see him and have him teach us how to head North to Katahdin, MN putting One Foot in front of the other, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat...!!! Rick is still detoxing from chemo/radiation and still having his moments of nasea and headaches and general Toxicity, but we're going to do this anyway because it may be the best way for him to get everything out of his system. We will send Pics... Please consider helping Rick if you can... His Insurance, Obama Care BCBS Platinum was anything but... He still owes more than he could pay in a lifetime... And, Rick had a Cancer Policy through Liberty National that was supposed to cover all expenses above and beyond Insurance.... We submitted everything over and over... And finally they sent him two checks, $3500 and then $5200... AND HE OWES SO MANY PEOPLE JUSTOVER $100K after Insurance Payments... The Cancer Policy was a Joke and barely put a dent in his paying down all that he owes!!!!! So, Rick has not worked for nearly a year and has lost everything.... Please help him regain his life... He is only 27 years old and just another young adult that has been Bankrupted by Cancer.... AND OBAMA CARE... AND THE FALSE PROMISES OF LIBERTY NATIONAL... CON ARTISTS...!!!!! Now it should be clear why Rick is escaping to the AT... Life, Society and Cancer have certainly let him down... He cannot work yet, so he might as well WALK...!!!! PLEASE SEND WHAT YOU CAN... Every little bit helps... THANKS AND GOD BLESS!!!! Doc Hollywood
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SITREP...!
We are at the Centennial Medical Center Woman's Health and Imaging Center in Nashville, TN... Where they rule in or out Breast Cancer.... Kind of upped our stress level seeing Breast Cancer Awareness "Finish the Fight" T-Shirts... Rick has an Ultrasound and then The Biopsy...! The receptionist said we will hopefully know what Rick is now facing before we leave today around 11:00 AM as the Radiologist will discuss his findings... Going to be awhile, but at least there will be no nervous, stressful 10 day wait like we had with his cancer biopsy last August...! More to follow...! We are worried, but hopeful given all the prayers and support has received from so many... God Bless you all....

P.S. Pray for a cure for Cancer... Support the fight for Breast Cancer... Let's Cure this Demon Disease that has taken so many of our loved ones far to soon... "Let's Just Do It...!"
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Leigh Wright
40 months ago

Tony, have you guys thought of doing a fundraiser? With your background in music, I bet you guys could gather some awesome musicians and put on one heck of a fundraiser!

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Tommy Speigner
41 months ago
Betty Tom Mcnamee
46 months ago

.Rick hang in there ....we're all here for you.... thinking about you everyday. .lots of prayers

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$7,151 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 47 months
Created November 9, 2014
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Anonymous
41 months ago
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Anonymous
41 months ago
PB
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Pamela Marusich Blien
41 months ago

Prayers and love to you Rick and your family! Pam and Chris Blien

SF
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Stuart Franklin
41 months ago

Hey Rick, glad to hear you are through with all that treatment. What's next? We really need to jam sometime, I think you would like some of the stuff I have been picking lately. Take it easy always........Stu

NC
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Nancy Campbell
42 months ago

Hi Tony, Don't know if you remember me when I came with Dr. Smith to do the in-service a few years ago. I am happy to help your son. Also, I am moving to TN. Loudon, just west of Knoxville. I was at Blanchfield in Jan for an in-service and hope to be back. Maybe we can get together if I come back. Your son is in my prayers. Nancy Campbell nancy@trimedsupply.com

FN
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Former Nightstalker
42 months ago

God Bless. NSDQ with the help of God.

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Anonymous
42 months ago
RS
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Ron&Robin Simmons
43 months ago

Praying daily for healing-love you!

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Anonymous
43 months ago
DB
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Debbie Beamer
43 months ago

I have been praying and will continue to pray for complete healing. God bless you and give you strength, healing, peace and comfort.

Leigh Wright
40 months ago

Tony, have you guys thought of doing a fundraiser? With your background in music, I bet you guys could gather some awesome musicians and put on one heck of a fundraiser!

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Tommy Speigner
41 months ago
Betty Tom Mcnamee
46 months ago

.Rick hang in there ....we're all here for you.... thinking about you everyday. .lots of prayers

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