Love and Support for Gary and Kathy

$4,080 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 36 months
Kathy McMillan   CINCINNATI, OH
Hi! For those of you who don't know me I am Kathy's niece, Jaime O'Leary! When I heard what was going on with Gary I felt helpless but wanted to do something to help! I know most of you are like me and want to do something but just don't know what.

I have set up a donation page for Kathy and Gary to help them through this hard time. I want both Kathy and Gary not to worry about personal or medical bills and concentrate on Gary getting better and Kathy being able to be right there with him cheering on her best friend.

Any size donation will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to them! Please pass this on to family and friends via Facebook, Twitter and Email.

For those of you who don't know Gary and Kathy or don't know the details to what is going on with Gary please read Kathy's letter below!

"It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this...

Last October Gary, my love, my best friend and my rock was diagnosed with MDS, a blood cancer. The only cure was a bone marrow transplant. He was blessed to find a perfect match from his sister, Sandy Klump Willenbrink. The transplant was given on Dec. 31, 2012. All went well. Gary progressed in the following months. He was being weaned off some of the medications he had to take and was getting his immune system back when he suddenly became short of breath. He was admitted back to Jewish Hospital on August 30th.

He has since been diagnosed with a rare incurable lung disease, the prognosis is unknown. He had a lung biopsy last Wednesday (9/4/13), the good news is it was NOT cancer; the bad news is that he has Diffuse Alveolar Disease and Interstitial Lung Fibrosis.

Basically there is scar tissue through-out both lungs, preventing the flow of oxygen. Our doctors have been researching and are trying several medications to see if any of them will help or alleviate his symptoms. There is no cure, but the meds may help heal the lungs and open up the obstructions. He is on a high volume of oxygen at this point. He will be in the hospital for the unforeseeable future. If the lungs begin to heal and he can get his oxygen intake lowered he may be able to go home.

This came on rather quickly, so the doctors are hopeful that it is acute rather than chronic.

Gary has brought so much joy and happiness to my life. He is the kindest man I have ever met. He has a heart of gold.

We need prayers and positive thoughts:Please pray for a miracle!!!!

I am so blessed to have him and his family in my life. I am also blessed to have the support of my family and wonderful friends in our corner.

Love, Kathy"
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Update 22
29 months ago
April, 11, 2014
We have received some wonderful news! A friend of Phillip Klump's, Joe Maxi, nominated Gary to be a recipient for the Jeffrey G Hoeh Memorial Fund. He was accepted as one of the 6 recipients.
The Jeffrey G Memorial Fund has been in existence for 25 years. The Hoeh Family runs does an amazing job. To date they have helps 169 individuals or families.
Please take a look at the website: jghmemorial.org.

There are many ways to help if you are able. The big event is a dinner and golf outing. You can just attend the dinner if you are interested.
Friends and family can also purchase a $50.00 1/2 poster board sign to be placed on a golf cart, or $100.00 full poster board sign to be placed along the course. These signs can be personal messages to Gary.

There are many other sponsorship opportunities listed in the website. If you have questions or need more information, please contact me or Julie Caddell, her information is in the website. Please mention Gary's name if you contact Julie.

We are so blessed!!! Miracles and Angels DO exist!

Gary is doing pretty well right now, our next appointment is April 29th. I am keeping him in his "bubble" until then!

Thank you and God Bless!
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Update 21
29 months ago
March 26, 2014

It has been a while since I have sent an update. You will all be happy to know that Gary is doing wonderfully! I am so happy. We went to his monthly appointment with Dr. Essell today. All of his numbers are good, except his INR level, it was a little high. He still needs to be on the blood thinners since he has had 2 clots in one year, so he adjusted the dose. Hopefully that will work itself out. He is getting stronger, is able to walk with out a cane or walker, can do the steps without assistance and is doing his physical therapy exercises every other day
The best part is.....he is going through the day with NO oxygen!!! This is the 3rd day and his levels are staying between 92-96 with little activity. When he does the stationary bike or walks, he will be wearing the new portable B tanks instead of lugging those large E tanks around. He is on a "short leash" with this and has to be very careful. He is wearing it at night.
Everyone at OHC was pleasantly surprised to see him looking so healthy and without his oxygen equipment. (he did have the small portable with him). Everyone had to stop in the exam room to see him. They called him their miracle patient. Which he definitely is!
Dr. has taken him off the prednisone so he can start getting his "baby" immunizations at the end of next month. He has to get Hepatitis A and B, Rotaovirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis , Influenza, Pneumococcal Conjugate, Inactivated Poliovirus Meningococcal, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.



We would not be where we are today without your prayers and positive thoughts. We are truly blessed with loving family and friends.
Thank you!!!!



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Update 20
29 months ago
March 26, 2014

It has been a while since I have sent an update. You will all be happy to know that Gary is doing wonderfully! I am so happy. We went to his monthly appointment with Dr. Essell today. All of his numbers are good, except his INR level, it was a little high. He still needs to be on the blood thinners since he has had 2 clots in one year, so he adjusted the dose. Hopefully that will work itself out. He is getting stronger, is able to walk with out a cane or walker, can do the steps without assistance and is doing his physical therapy exercises every other day
The best part is.....he is going through the day with NO oxygen!!! This is the 3rd day and his levels are staying between 92-96 with little activity. When he does the stationary bike or walks, he will be wearing the new portable B tanks instead of lugging those large E tanks around. He is on a "short leash" with this and has to be very careful. He is wearing it at night.
Everyone at OHC was pleasantly surprised to see him looking so healthy and without his oxygen equipment. (he did have the small portable with him). Everyone had to stop in the exam room to see him. They called him their miracle patient. Which he definitely is!
Dr. has taken him off the prednisone so he can start getting his "baby" immunizations at the end of next month. He has to get Hepatitis A and B, Rotaovirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis , Influenza, Pneumococcal Conjugate, Inactivated Poliovirus Meningococcal, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.



We would not be where we are today without your prayers and positive thoughts. We are truly blessed with loving family and friends.
Thank you!!!!

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Update 19
31 months ago
January 31, 2014
Had a great Dr.s visit today! Gary walked into the office! The doctors and nurses were so happy to see him out of the wheelchair. Dr. E called him his miracle patient.
His blood levels are looking good, except his INR which was low. The dr. adjusted his Coumadin, and he will have it re-checked on Tuesday.
The prednisone has been lowered to 5mg per day.

Last week Gary had a bone density test and an echocardiogram. The bone density test shows weakening of his hip bones, due to the prednisone. He will have to take Fosamax once a week and start taking a calcium supplement daily.
The echocardiogram looked good, nothing to worry about. We were concerned about his heart because of dizzy spells and his heart rate will raise to 160 during work outs , his normal level is higher than most and is between 80 - 90.

He is doing very well with physical therapy, still 3 times a week and occupational therapy 2 times a week. This is still in-home care.

We go to the pulmonary doctor on Tuesday for a follow up visit.

Our next visit with Dr. E is on Feb 26th. He will check his antibody titers, so he can begin the immunization process. Finally!

I am still working from home, which is a real blessing.

All in all things are looking very good! Thanks to all of our family and friends who are praying for and supporting us. The prayers have really made a difference. We couldn't do it without you!


Love, Kathy and Gary
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Raised by 39 people in 36 months
Created September 13, 2013
Kathy McMillan     CINCINNATI, OH
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$100
Tari and Duane Fahrnbach
29 months ago

Love you guys and praying for all of you. xoxo

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$50
Darci Lingenfelser
34 months ago
LC
$50
Linda Conrad
34 months ago

My prayers are with Gary for wellness and with his family.

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$100
Andy Wright
34 months ago

Kathy/Gary, Please accept this small donation; hoping all the best for you both. Kathy, I have nothng but smiles from the memories of hanging out with you and the "group" (Brett, Jeff,Dave, You, Holly, Amy). My brother Frank, was good friends with Gary as well. We'll keep you in our prayers. Andy.

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$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
DL
$10
Darci Lingenfelser-Hayford
34 months ago

Love you guys! We are praying for you continually! Mark and Darcy

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$200
Anonymous
34 months ago
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$100
David & Gail McMillan
34 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Cliftene Robbins
34 months ago

Cliftene, Kim, Tim & Cherri

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