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