Help Hubert Pinder Win His Cancer Battle

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Raised by 87 people in 3 months
In June, 2017, Green Turtle Cay’s Hubert (“Hubie”) Pinder received the news nobody wants to hear. At 72, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Though the disease had already touched many members of his family – and taken the lives of his sister, nephew and niece – Hubert was ready and determined to fight.

After surgery to remove the cancer, he began a year-long course of chemotherapy. Fortunately, his treatment was in pill form, meaning that in between his quarterly check-ups in Nassau, Hubert was able to return home to Green Turtle Cay.

At the end of his treatment, Hubert received the news we had all hoped for. No sign of cancer remained. He was cured. His doctors warned, however, that there was always a chance the cancer would reappear.

Six weeks ago, during Hubert’s quarterly check-up, doctors discovered that his cancer has not only returned, at an aggressive rate, but has spread to his stomach lining. So, on Monday, March 18th, he will undergo surgery to have a chemotherapy port inserted. Once the area around the port has healed, Hubert will begin a more intensive course of chemo, which may require him to remain in Nassau for extended periods of time.

Unfortunately, for many Bahamians, private health insurance is prohibitively expensive. And though Hubert remains positive and upbeat, the reality is that his surgery and cancer treatment will cost him tens of thousands of dollars. To get the care he needs, he’ll need to pay out-of-pocket for doctors, nurses, x-rays, scans, chemotherapy and much more. On top of that, he’ll have expenses related to his travel to Nassau, and meals and transportation while he’s there.

Due to his illness, Hubert has had to close his popular Green Turtle Cay business, Hubert’s Cuts & Curls, meaning his income has been dramatically curtailed just when he needs it most.

If you know Hubert, you know how hard-working, kind and generous he is. For nearly two decades, he worked at Nassau’s Head Hunters Beauty Salon. (If you lived in Nassau between the mid-60s and the mid-80s, it’s highly likely that you or your Mom and grandmother – or as in many families, all three -- were among his extensive clientele.)

Since 1985, when Hubert returned home to Green Turtle Cay and opened Hubert’s Cuts & Curls, he’s been a much-loved member of our community. Whether feeding the local stray cats, helping raise funds for the town’s annual fireworks display, or discreetly lending support to family members and friends in need, Hubert has always been there for others.

And now it’s our turn to be there for him. This page has been established by Hubert’s family and friends to help pay for his treatment and expenses, and to give him the peace of mind he needs to focus all his energy on getting well.

We hope you’ll help by making a donation and by sharing this page with anyone who might be able to help. And if you’re so inclined, please send up a prayer or send along positive, healing thoughts for Hubert as he faces this fight.
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Update # 4

May 18, 2019

Hello Everyone,
We are happy to report that Hubert was finally able to have his second round of chemo on May 9th. This second round was initially scheduled for April 25th but was delayed by two weeks due to his blood count being too low. He was given a series of three injections (over three days) of Neupogen after the second failed attempt, which thankfully worked and allowed him to receive the chemo. Third time's the charm!

He was able to fly back to Abaco on Saturday, May 11th, but unfortunately, he is once again experiencing full blown “after effects” from the chemo. He did go to the local clinic on Green Turtle Cay yesterday and was administered IV fluids, which did seem to make him feel a bit better.

Hubert would like to thank everyone for your calls, visits, meals that you so kindly prepare and your continued love and support. Through it all, he remains so positive and upbeat and looks forward to winning his battle with this horrible cancer. He is indeed a fighter!

Once again, we would like to ask if you would please help by donating or simply sharing this page with anyone that might be able to help. No amount is too small.

Thank you all again, so very much, and we will continue to keep you updated.

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Update # 3

April 23, 2019

Dear Donors, Followers and Friends of Hubert "Hubie" Pinder, this update is a formality, to let you know that I will personally be withdrawing funds from the campaign on Uncle Hubert's behalf. The funds will be deposited into my personal account here in the U.S. and I will ensure that the funds are delivered to him either in person, or via bank transfer. From time to time, I will also pay bills on his behalf using my personal credit card, as he does not use a credit card.

For those of you who do not know me personally, I am Hubert's niece, and we share an incredibly special bond. Hubert is the younger brother of my mother Eileen, who lost her battle to colon cancer in 2010. Uncle Hubie is not only ready to win this battle for himself, but also for his sister.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your donations, love and support for my Uncle Hubie and ask if you would please continue to share this campaign.

Thank you again, so very much.

Sincere regards,
Lynn Collins
Acworth, Georgia
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Update #2 – April 21, 2019

Thanks so much to everyone who has called, written or asked about Hubie. He underwent his first chemotherapy treatment on April 3 and was thrilled when he found out he’d be allowed to return home afterward.

His niece, Lynn (Russell) Collins, met him in Nassau and made the trip with him back to Green Turtle Cay on Thursday, April 4. Lynn stayed a while to help Hubert establish a routine. Last week, when she returned to the U.S., a group of family and friends on the cay organized into teams to ensure that each day, Hubert has what he needs in terms of groceries, meals, etc., and that his little dog JoJo is walked and looked after. He’s got a network of regular visitors and people who call to check on him, and he continues to be incredibly touched by the love and support he’s being shown.

Unfortunately, in the days following his first chemo session, Hubert experienced quite a bit of pain and stomach upset. He has noticed an improvement in the past few days, for which we are all grateful. And despite it all, he remains positive, upbeat and determined to win this fight.

On Sunday, April 21, Hubert returns to Nassau for bloodwork. If all goes as planned, his second chemo session will take place Wednesday April 24 and he’s hopeful he’ll once again be able to return to Green Turtle Cay following his treatment. As he says, when you’re not feeling well, you just want to be in your own home.

Though he doesn’t know what his final bill will be, Hubert has learned that his six chemo sessions will cost approximately $5,000 each, meaning he’s facing a minimum of $30,000 in medical bills. He, his family and friends are incredibly grateful for your support to date. We ask that you continue to share this page with anyone who might be able to help, so that we can remove his financial concerns and allow Hubert to focus his full attention on beating this cancer.

We’ll provide a further update after his next chemo session. In the meantime, thank you so much for your contributions, prayers, calls, notes and visits. They mean the world to Hubert and his family.
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April 1, 2019: Update on Hubert Pinder

Hi, everyone. On March 18, Hubert had surgery in Nassau to have his chemotherapy port inserted. Though the operation went well, he’s been having some difficulty with stomach pain and nausea. Still, he remains as positive as ever and ready to fight this cancer.

He’s scheduled to have blood work done on Tuesday, April 2nd and to undergo his first chemotherapy session the next day. At this point, the plan is that he will receive six rounds of chemotherapy, each three weeks apart. After that, testing will be done to determine whether (and what type of) further treatment will be required.

Hubert is staying at the Bahamian Cancer Society’s “Cancer Caring Center” in Nassau. He’s very comfortable there, and says that the center truly lives up to his name. Everyone has been so kind and caring toward him, for which we are so grateful.

We’ve told Hubert about the response to date on this GoFundMe page, and about the many people who have asked after him. He wants you all to know that he is so very thankful and touched by the kindness of everyone who has donated, called, visited or sent along their prayers and well wishes.

Thank you for your continued contributions to Hubert’s GoFundMe page. Our aim is to raise as much as we can toward his medical bills, so he can focus all his attention on just getting well.

We’ll provide another update as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you’re in Nassau, feel free to drop in and see Hubert. Visitors are welcome at the Cancer Caring Center, which is next to the Cancer Society Headquarters on East Terrace, just off Collins Avenue. He will have to go out for doctor’s appointments and treatments though, so do call 242-323-4441 before you go, to be sure he’s around and that he’s up to having visitors.
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