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Mike Peters - Hospice Care

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(Original story Aug 9, 2017) Mike Peters is a career journalist, and is the food writer and a regular features contributor for China Daily in Beijing, China.   Originally from Houston, Texas, he came to China  eight years ago after working in Dallas, Texas, and in Anchorage, Alaska.  A few months ago, he started losing weight uncontrollably, but seemingly had no other symptoms.  A short while later, a physical revealed very late stage pancreatic cancer that has also spread to his liver and abdomen, beyond the scope of chemotherapy.  Our expat community is a tight-knit group. We take care of each other. And Mikey is a core member of our expat family. 
(These two pictures are from past food outings with Mike. These are among our favorites and show his spirit.)

Because he will not have any insurance of any kind if he returns to the US (and thus no way to pay for hospice care), he has decided to stay here in Beijing. However, hospice care is not readily available in China. This is not a service provided by established medical outlets such as hospitals or clinics.  Individual caregivers must be hired, and hospital services must be paid for out of pocket -- this isn't something covered by insurance.  His insurance coverage through his employer will run out in approximately 7 days.  And even if it didn't run out, it will not cover hospice care. 

The situation is quite urgent.  Thankfully, the cost of quality care of this sort in China is a fraction of the cost it would be in the US.  The cost of the 24-hour caregiver is surprisingly affordable.  However, this *does not* include any pain medication or other medical support requirements.  So, our goal of $10,000 is quite realistic. (Aug 10 update: $10,000 *was* realistic. We have since updated our goal to $20,000. Please read on.)  This will allow us to cover the cost of the 24-hour caregiver, and help cover the cost of pain management and other medical needs.  He is currently a patient at China-Japan Friendship Hospital   http://english.zryhyy.com.cn/  and will be for as long as we can continue to raise money for his ongoing care. 

At the end of Mike's hospice care and in the event that there are any funds remaining, he has requested that they be donated to StepUp!, a charity to benefit Tibetan nomadic tribes started by another American  China Daily staffer .  More here: 
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/CCFA/CCFANewsandEvents/Pages/China-Friendship-Award.aspx

Thank you for any contribution. 

(Update Aug 10)  Thank you all so much for such a generous outpouring of support. After evaluating multiple factors (present and upcoming needs, and variables that are hard to nail down to exact figures), we -- the group of Mike's friends who are trying to keep all of this organized and care for him -  decided to round the goal up to the next 10, making the new target $20,000.   

In the interest of transparency, we will have facts, figures, and documentation available for any donors who wish to see them. Please message me for info.  

Mike keeps positive. He continues to smile, and does his best to be cheerful through the pain.  We all love him and want to make sure he doesn't have to worry about the cost of his care in this difficult time.
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(Aug 16, 7pm Beijing). THANK YOU doesn't even begin to tell you how grateful we all are. Mike's brothers, Dan and Steve, also send their thanks and love for your kindness and generosity.

At this time, we ask that please NO MORE DONATIONS be made. With the funds raised here in Beijing and with the GFM donations, we think we have enough. If anything changes, we will let everybody know. Thank you all so very much!!
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(Aug 15, 1:00 pm Beijing)

BEIJING BASED SUPPORTERS - Mike is in need of blood donations. The way it works is you can donate blood at the China Japan hospital, of any blood type, get a receipt and it will be credited to Mike. He currently needs about 1,000 cc so if you or any local friends can spare 200 cc, it would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to share this among your Beijing contacts. USA FRIENDS: I know this won't make any sense. Blood donation is handled very differently in China.
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(Aug 15, 6:30am Beijing) Hi, all. Steve Peters, Mike's brother, was having a little trouble navigating GFM, so he emailed this (below) and asked me to post it.

From Steve:
Thank you Tricia for reminding me that this is a great way to say thank you to everyone for this awesome outpouring of support for my brother Mike. I became aware of this towards the end of the first day and could not believe it when I read that approximately 218 people, none of which I knew (I read every name) had already blown past the original target and the updated target. Mike's family greatly appreciates all of you...Mike is lucky to have made so many wonderful friends during his travels. Thank you to each and every one of you, and thanks again Delores for managing this campaign.

Steve Peters
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(Friday, Aug 11, 7:45 pm Beijing time) Good morning, USA, and good evening, Beijing.

Just a quick update: Mike sends his love and thanks to everybody. He has been just floored at the overwhelming support. When I was at the hospital yesterday, I read off names to him and messages. Oh, the smiles you all have given him! Some of the names, I could tell, were a real blast from the past. "It's all very humbling", he said.

Based on information received today, we believe that on Monday we will have a more concrete estimate of the cost for the next few months of care.

Mike has really enjoyed your messages and pictures. So, if anybody has more pictures, please send them! Post them here, along with any words of encouragement. Memories are great to share, too.

Thank you all for every donation. Your kindness and generosity have been lovingly and gratefully felt by Mike and by us all.
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