PJ and Ruth - Ultimate Fundraiser

$19,243 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 196 people in 39 months
Mark Leupold
on behalf of Ruth McDonald
 APPLETON, WI
Patrick (known by family and friends as PJ) and his family currently live in Tucson, Arizona where he works for a company called Raytheon as an Information Systems Security Officer. He is also a very involved member of his church operating as a voluntary youth director. PJ's wife, Ruth, is a stay at home mother who also does freelance graphic design, primarily working with non-profit organizations. They also have a little boy named Liam, who will be two years old this coming May.

In September 2015 PJ was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, a type of cancer. The tumor on his tongue was then removed along with several nodules within his neck as the cancer had spread. Along with the surgery, PJ's doctors highly recommended that he complete six weeks of radiation treatment. Unfortunately after a few short weeks after his radiation was completed an abscess grew where the incision on his neck was and the family has discovered that the cancer is back again with a vengence on his tongue and neck. In addition PJ will have a lung biopsy for a suspicious spot there. Treatment plans will either be neck surgery again (including a skin graft) and take more tongue (will have to take muscle from elsewhere to rebuild it), chemo and 6 months of recovery. If the spot on his lung is cancerous then they will classify his case as stage 4b inoperable and there will be more referrals and a treatment plan.  

Money donated will be used to help pay bills as PJ will need to  be off of work for an extended length of time which will be taxing on the family's income.

PJ is very loved by his family, his friends and is an important role model for all of the youth that he impacts within his church. Your prayers and support are appreciated in so many ways.
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Hi All - Wanted to post an update as to what has been happening to the family since this past April 2016.

In May 2016, PJ spent a month in the hospital after being severely dehydrated and malnourished from having extreme difficulties in being able to drink and eat. After stabilizing him in the hospital, they were able to give him a feeding tube to make sure he could say nourished. Since May 2016, PJ and his family have been able to help his progress with daily visits for fluids, homemade feeding tube meals and many other things. PJ has also been able to eat some via his mouth. PJ has completed several rounds of chemo to help keep the cancer down and at bay. His doctors have been searching for a trial drug for him to participate in. It looks like there may be one or two options in the near-future that will hopefully help obliterate this terrible disease.

The family is also now weighed down by the fact that their savings and funds will likely be diminished in a few short months dues to having to start over with medical deductibles and that PJ is still too sick to work.

We humbly ask that this Christmas season you would consider helping to bless this family (for the first time or once again) to help them get through the next year.

Your prayers and support are appreciated in so many ways. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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PJ and Ruth - Ultimate Fundraiser has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Linda, Jenna and Luke & Cathie.
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Brooke Cheaton
39 months ago

Cannot donate as I've found myself in a similar situation. However my thought & prayers are with you and I will share this info that someone shared on our go fund me page that was a tremendous help & financial blessing. Google: United Healthcare Children's Foundation. Best wishes.

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$19,243 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 196 people in 39 months
Created April 6, 2016
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$1,000
Anonymous
23 months ago
JR
$30
Justin Rank
24 months ago
$300
Anonymous
24 months ago
DZ
$200
Diane Zempel
24 months ago

Ruth, along with this donation comes a lifetime of prayers.

$400
Anonymous
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
HB
$20
Heidi and Barney Browne
24 months ago

Our sympathy, Ruth and Liam, as you grieve the loss of PJ in your life. Take comfort in the knowledge that he is healed and with our Lord...until you are reunited in eternity. We will continue to lift you and your family in our prayers.

AK
$100
Alyssa Kaspar
24 months ago

Keeping you guys in our prayers.

MW
$40
Mike & Kim Wood
25 months ago
$50
Anonymous
25 months ago
Brooke Cheaton
39 months ago

Cannot donate as I've found myself in a similar situation. However my thought & prayers are with you and I will share this info that someone shared on our go fund me page that was a tremendous help & financial blessing. Google: United Healthcare Children's Foundation. Best wishes.

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