Pastor Dale's Medical Fund

$30,830 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 163 people in 37 months
Laura Tatum
on behalf of Christy Tatum
 DANA POINT, CA

Dearest friends and family, 

My name is Laura Tatum, and I am reaching out to everyone we know to ask for your help. My amazing father-in-law, Pastor Dale Tatum, was just diagnosed this week with stage four lung cancer. 

This all started with what we thought was a strained back muscle. After Pastor Dale went to the doctors several times asking for help, he was referred to phsyical therapies and perscription drugs, but the pain in his back seemed to get worse over the last month. 

Finally, Christy, his beautiful wife of thirty eight years, stepped in and shoved her way through to see pain specialists, knowing that this couldn't go on any longer. Several scans, tests, and byopsys later, our family was saddened with the terrible news: Dale's spine, brain, and lungs are riddled with tumors and he is now in so much pain that he can no longer walk on his own. 


In his role as Pastor, Dale has dedicated his life to ministry and serving others; as a marriage and family counselor for the first fifteen years, and currently as a drug and alcohol counselor. God has worked through him to benefit the lives of so many people, and I cannot count the number of times strangers have come up to our family and expressed how Pastor Dale has changed their lives.

Our family is pulling together to try to raise money to go towards his treatments uncoverable by insurance. We are asking that you please donate money to help our family have one less thing to worry about during these trying times. 

We also ask that our family and Pastor Dale's health be in your prayers and thoughts as he has prayed for so many others during their times of need. Gifts and letters are welcome, but please remember that the most helpful thing right now is that we are able to afford treatments. We also ask respectfully that phone calls and text messages are kept to a minimum so that he can focus on resting. 


Pastor Dale has changed so many lives over the course of his walk with Christ, and we are asking that you donate to make a difference in his life right now. Your gift will mean so much to Pastor Dale and to all of us. We are all so incredibly thankful for any donation, whether it's equivalent to the cost of a Starbuck's drink, or if it's more. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make it through this.

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Please join us on Sunday, October 9th, 2:30pm, at the Capo Beach Church for a celebration of Pastor Dale Tatum's life. Anyone is welcome to attend, and Hawaiian attire is encouraged. Kauai was Dale Tatum's most cherished vacation place to be with family. If you would like to send flowers, cards, or gifts, please send them to "Attention: Tatum Family, 63 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente, CA 92672." Please RSVP to Laura Tatum by commenting below. If you know of someone who has been touched by the life of this wonderful man, please forward the information to them - we want everyone to come who wants to or is able to. Thank you!
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Christy and Dale in Kauai
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Dearest Friends and Family,
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that the time for Pastor Dale Tatum's passing and final journey to be with our Lord and Savior has arrived. While we are deeply saddened to have lost such an amazing son, husband, father, mentor, and friend, we know that Heaven has gained an angel and that his work will continue on past the time he's spent on Earth. The family would like to extend an open invitation to anyone who is able to come and celebrate his life at a memorial service to be announced at a later date. We ask that you please respect the space of the family and please restrain from calling the family directly. If you would like to extend your love and condolences, please contact Laura Tatum at 949-291-9763, or via Facebook. Should you feel moved to send flowers, gifts, or cards to the family, please send them to "Attention: Tatum Family, 63 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente, CA 92672." Please feel free to share your personal stories of how Pastor Dale Tatum has touched your lives below in the comments section of this page. Please be aware that your stories may be used during the memorial service if they are posted below. If you wish to share a personal story, but wish to keep it private, please private message Laura Tatum and she will pass the message onto the family on your behalf. Now, please join me in celebrating Pastor Dale Tatum's life and all that he accomplished, who he was, and the countless lives he's forever changed.
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Quick Update: Pastor Dale is scheduled for surgery early tomorrow morning to remove another tumor that has wrapped around his spine. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we come together.
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Just as an update, Dale Tatum is back in the hospital, in the CICU. After his first chemo treatment, he was responding well until the other night/early morning he began having trouble breathing. We're not sure exactly how long he will be in the hospital or what to expect next but wanted to keep you all in the loop. We appreciate all your prayers and support!
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Valorie Granger
35 months ago
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Woke up this morning great mood only to find out that my biggest mentor and the person who was so instrumental in my recovery and more importantly helped me to reestablish my faith, has passed away, I called Pastor Dale My Magnificent Mentor! I am so thankful and grateful God put him in my path when he did. It was such a pleasure to see all the lives he affected working at Hope By The Sea! He will NEVER be forgotten in my heart nor my life! The most beautiful soul I have ever met! I will see you again one day in heaven! May you Rest In Peace.

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Jeanette Mckay
36 months ago

Laura. Thank you for the update will be praying for family Dale ,praying for you as you prepare to get your treatment love j

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Praying for Pastor Dave and his miraculous healing.

Valorie Granger
35 months ago
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Woke up this morning great mood only to find out that my biggest mentor and the person who was so instrumental in my recovery and more importantly helped me to reestablish my faith, has passed away, I called Pastor Dale My Magnificent Mentor! I am so thankful and grateful God put him in my path when he did. It was such a pleasure to see all the lives he affected working at Hope By The Sea! He will NEVER be forgotten in my heart nor my life! The most beautiful soul I have ever met! I will see you again one day in heaven! May you Rest In Peace.

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Jeanette Mckay
36 months ago

Laura. Thank you for the update will be praying for family Dale ,praying for you as you prepare to get your treatment love j

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