Rick Byers - Cancer - Exit Stage 4!

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Raised by 121 people in 33 months
James Byers
on behalf of Donna Byers
 HOUSTON, TX
Those of you that know me, KNOW that I seldom share my personal life with others as I am a relatively private person when it comes to family.  I have the nickname "Bubba" because I am everyone's "older brother" and often put what I want/need on the back burner to ensure others are taken care of.  I try day in and day out to move mountains for others.  This time though we just can't do it alone....I/WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

My father's name is Rick Byers.  He is not only the patriarch of our family, he is a brother, a father, an uncle, husband a small business owner, and a selfless human being.  His world revolves around my mom Donna Byers. He would do ANYTHING for her and has.  For 30+ years he has cooked, cleaned, run a business, maintained her health, and has put off his own health to make sure hers and his family's lives came first. While my family has never been wealthy, he has ALWAYS made sure we had what we needed before he did anything for himself.  To this day, I cannot figure out how he has done it for all these years, but man oh man have I been glad that he did.

Two weeks ago he was sent to the doctor because his eyes and skin were "yellowish."  This started a chain reaction of tests that determined my father has stage 4 colon cancer that has matastisized to his liver.  His liver is no longer functioning as it is covered by more than 90% cancerous cells.  As a result of his liver not functioning, his kidneys have shut down as well.  They are currently functioning at less than 10 %, when they SHOULD be above 90 % normally.

Last Thursday my father was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance because he was non-responsive, and could not communicate verbally.  As we have been in the hospital ICU/Critical care and now Oncology floor for four days straight...we have seen a myriad of doctors, and they have all confirmed that we have one heck of a fight on our hands.  The cannot perform ANY chemotherapy or radiation until they can get the kidneys to function again, so we are attempting dialysis to flush his system.  As the days go on, the bills are already beginning to sky rocket.  

Those of you that know me, KNOW that my family hates to ask for help...ever...for ANYTHING.  We are a prideful bunch, but the bottom line is we just can't do it this time without your help.  So here I sit, grasping at straws, ready to cash in any/all favors I may have out there...ready to be indebted to the wonderful people in my life...all to save my daddy's life and help my mom refrain from having a nervous breakdown in the process as she learns to do the things that he has done on her behalf for more than 30 years.  

Any and all funds donated will be used to combat his cancer in any way we can.  As they continue to do testing and come up with ways to beat this.  

I thank you in advance for ANY help you may be able to provide my family over the course of this life altering time in my family's life.  If you can do ANYTHING, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do so now.  EVERY dollar helps, and you will literally be helping to change the course of my family's life forever.  

Please share our story with anyone and everyone you might know.  The more people that can share our story, the better our chances are of making it through this with my father.
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Tomorrow is sure to be a hard day for my mom, as today is my last day in Texas for a while. We still have a lot of mountains to climb and get over, but I am confident that we will get there.

Every day we are reminded of my father and and the life he has built. From his business to his household...from his friends to our family he is missed dearly.

As everything settles and begins to find a new rhythm, we wanted to let you know that you are ALL amazing! Your kind thoughts, prayers, and support in days past, present and future is a part of our strength and will to continue on.

Thank you to everyone that has stepped up for my mom. She is going to need you surrounding her with life, love, and light in the days/months/years to come.

While I will definitely be more of a presence here than I have been in recent years, I will not be able to be here all the time. With that being said, "thank you" to everyone in advance for taking a more active role in her life and reminding her that she still has value. You mean the world to me and my family.

If you need ANYTHING, please don't hesitate to call me...ever...

Xoxoxo

-James "Jamie" Byers
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So, we have had a few days to digest the last couple weeks of our life. We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone that attended my father's funeral services and gathering at Los Tios afterwards.

Seeing so many friendly faces, spanning so many decades of our lives was not only touching...it was comforting and much needed.

We have a long road ahead, as we begin to start the next chapter of our lives wihout his beloved character. As many of you know we are a very private family, so learning to open our story up to dear friends is going to take some time. Please don't give up on us...keep checking in and being a part of our daily lives...we need you now more than ever.

As we navigate the new routines, bills, habits, and calendars...having you all in our lives will make things that much more "normal" and easier to bear.

Again, thank you all for being patient with us, supporting us, and remaining by our sides through it all.

Xoxoxo
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As tomorrow is sure to be one of the most difficult days in my family's life (and we may not be able to keep it together enough tomorrow to say thank you), we wanted to say "thank you" for being by our sides. "Thank you" for listening to us, for supporting to us, for offering your prayers, and for forgiving our pain as we traverse this road together far too soon. Xoxoxo

If you can join us, please feel free to do so, if you cannot, we understand.

January 2nd, 2016

The services will be from 2-3 pm at:
12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

At 3 pm, we will make our way back out to the cemetery for the graveside service and all are welcome to attend.

From 4-6 pm, we have secured a private room at one of my parents favorite restaurants...Los Tios. This will allow for everyone to converse and reminisce in a much more comfortable setting. All are welcome to attend. As we have not idea how many people that might be we have obtained permission for everyone to order as they see fit and have separate checks.

The location is at Memorial and Kirkwood....2.6 miles from the funeral services.

12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
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We have secured a private room at Los Tios for everyone to attend after the services.

The services will be from 2-3 pm at:
12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

At 3 pm, we will make our way back out to the cemetery for the graveside service and all are welcome to attend.

From 4-6 pm, we have secured a private room at one of my parents favorite restaurants...Los Tios. This will allow for everyone to converse and reminisce in a much more comfortable setting. All are welcome to attend. As we have no idea how many people that might be we have obtained permission for everyone to order as they see fit and have separate checks.

The location is at Memorial and Kirkwood....2.6 miles from the funeral services.

12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

Thank you in advance for your time, attendance, love, prayers, and help. Not only myself, but my family have been completely shocked by the outpouring of kind words and actions of each and every one of you.

We are truly blessed to know and have you all as a part of our lives.
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Stefani Callihan
33 months ago

My condolences to Donna, Jamie, and the rest of Rick's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Marion Friedman
33 months ago

Extending my deepest sympathy to the family.

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Marion Friedman
33 months ago

My deepest sum

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Raised by 121 people in 33 months
Created December 21, 2015
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Kim-Kay Randt
24 months ago

Donna - I've been thinking about our chat walking in this morning and found Rick's info from December. He must be so proud of your strength...I am as well. Hopefully this will help in some small way. KKR

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Alex Cortner
32 months ago

I'm thinking of you and your family, Bub

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32 months ago
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Virginia Teeneyy
32 months ago

So very sorry! Rob told me about this .

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32 months ago
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32 months ago
Stefani Callihan
33 months ago

My condolences to Donna, Jamie, and the rest of Rick's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Marion Friedman
33 months ago

Extending my deepest sympathy to the family.

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Marion Friedman
33 months ago

My deepest sum

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