Kathy's Team Fist Bump

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Raised by 54 people in 12 months
My wife, Kathy Hoard has the biggest heart I have ever known. Family is the most important thing to her. She has two daughters, Danielle and Katie, and two granddaughters (15 month old twins), Isabella and Kathryn. Oh yes, and there's me, her husband, Michael, who loves her with all my heart. She is an avid outdoors-woman who loves Nascar, country music, football, fishing, hiking, and sneaking away for long weekends in the Poconos.

On November 17, 2017, she was diagnosed with a nasty form of Lung Cancer called Adenocarcinoma. Within weeks we learn that it has reached Stage 4 and spread from her right lung to her trachea, broncii, and pelvic bone. There is no doubt that she has just begun the fight of her life and the best thing we have going for us is Kathy's fighting spirit! I'm not sure if it's from her Irish mother or Polish father, but it is definitely there!

All donations will be deposited into a special account that will be used to make Kathy as comfotable as possible on her trips to get treatment. We learned after the first one that it envolves a very stress filled, traffic congested drive. By getting a hotel a few blocks away from the treatment center, Kathy can enjoy a nice, restful evening and be fresh and ready for the short drive the following moring. Also, the appointment is too important to chance missing because of an acident causing the freeway to be closed down. Other travel expences this fund will cover are tolls, gas, food on the road, and any other unexpected expences.

Sadly, Kathy's treatment will not end after a few sessions. The doctors tell us that the cancer will always be in her body. Therefore, cancer treatments will be needed for the rest of her life. Thankfully, we have fantastic insurance that will cover most of the medical expenses. We have learned after only 6 weeks of living this nightmare that we will both be missing a lot of work. Therefore, unable to predict the future, some of the money from this special account might be used to cover living expences should the need arise.

The second reason is because I want Kathy to be constantly reminded of how powerful her support system is. I am asking that any donations be accompanied with a brief message of encouragement, prayers, and/or love for Kathy. We must keep that fighting spirt burning bright!

The third reason for this donation request is because a portion of all donations will go to cancer research.
Follow Kathy's Progress From Day #1:
We have begun publishing a weekly journal that allows others to follow our jouney as we beat this nasty disease.

Kathy wants her story out there for two reasons:

1) When others find themself suddenly cast upon the path we now find ourselves on, perhaps they can take notes or inspiration from Kathy's journy. It is a very confusing and stressful journy. Any form of advice or knowledge has been welcomed with open arms from the both of us. Perhaps Kathy can pay it forward by sharing our experience and pointers.

2) We both want to keep our friends and family out of the dark when it comes to Kathy's experiences along this path. We value Team Fist Bump and love all of you very much!

The links below will take you to our journal: 
Week 1 (Diagnosis/November 17-24)
Week 2 (Biopsy/November 24-December 1)
Week 3 (PET Scanm/December 1-8)
Week 4 (The Oncologist/December 8-15)
Week 5 (Bone Biopsy/December 16-22)
Week 6 (Acceptance of Learning The Stage/December 23-29)
Week 7 (Immunotherapy/December 30-January 5)
Week 8 (Team Fist Bump is Intensifying/January 6-12)
Week 9 (The New Norm/January 13-22)
Session 2 (Immunotherapy/January 23-February 12)
Session 3 &4 (Immuno/CT Comparison)-February 13-March 6
Session 5 (Immuno/Road Trip)-March 7-March27

 Also, if you would like to be informed as new journals are published, simply click "Follow" on any of the journal pages.

Thank You Gifts:
We want you to know that your donations not only ease the financial burden for Kathy and I, but the thank you gifts that we will send you are purchased with a portion of the money going to cancer research. Any amount is very much appreciated. If your donation does not qualify for a physical gift please know that you will receive a prayer of upmost thanks, as well as a heartfelt thank you reply from us both. The important thing here, is that you all send Kathy an inspirational message and Fist Bump!

Here is a list of gifts, divided by the Donation Levels we will use to distribute them:

Level 1 - $10 Donation:
1ea - "No One Fights Alone" Wristband  (White For Lung Cancer/Adult Size)

Level 2 - $20 Donation:
1 ea - Angel Ribbon Pin (White For Lung Cancer)

Level 3 - $25 Donation:
1ea - The Adventures Of Nick and Billy (Adventure Book for 12 and up-Autographed)
This book was written by me, Michael Hoard. 
1ea -  "No One Fights Alone" Wristband  (White For Lung Cancer/Adult Size)

Level 4 -$50 Donation:
1ea - The Adventures Of Nick and Billy (Adventure Book for 12 and up-Autographed)
1ea - A Forsaken Soul (Adult Thriller/60 Page Short Story-Autographed) Both of these books were written by me, Michael Hoard.
1ea - "No One Fights Alone" Wristband  (White For Lung Cancer/Adult Size)
1ea - Angel Ribbon Pin (White For Lung Cancer)

Level 5 - $100 Donation:
2ea - The Adventures Of Nick and Billy (Adventure Book for 12 and up-Autographed)
2ea - A Forsaken Soul (Adult Thriller/60 Page Short Story-Autographed)
5ea - "No One Fights Alone" Wristband (White For Lung Cancer/Adult Size)
2ea - Angel Ribbon Pin (White For Lung Cancer)

Level 6 - Donations over $100:
You will receive what's listed at Level 5, plus other goodies that Kathy and I will put together.

Team Fist Bump T-shirt Option: 

To receive Team Fist Bump T-shirts through this page you can donate $15 per shirt, plus $5 shipping perorder (Not Shirt). If the shirt is delivered to you by Kathy or myself then the shipping fee will not be required.

Please specify in the comments section the number of shirts you want and the sizes for each. If we run out of your desired size then your order will be placed on hold until the shirts are received by us from the print shop. 

NOTE CONCERNING BOOK GIFTS: I feel it necessary to mention that these gifts in no way affect my sells or author ranking because I am purchasing them directly from my publisher at a discounted rate.

If you prefer no gift please inform us in the comments.

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The generosity shown by family, friends, and strangers has touched us both deeply, and created a desire in us both to give back the kindness shown us.

If you, a loved one, a school, or any cancer organizations are planning a fundraiser to help individuals with cancer related cost please contact us so we can help. Our plan is to attend fundraisers where we can donate the profits made by selling my autographed books to your cause. The titles, descriptions, and reviews can be found by clicking the 'Available for Purchase' tab on my website at MichaelHoardAuthor.com.

I am willing to attend fundraisers in the southern half of NY, western half of PA, western half of Connecticut, and northern half of NJ. Special circumstances may allow me to travel outside these areas, so contact me anyway! Please understand that my wife is currently undergoing cancer treatment so this offer is only available to those that have events when my calendar is free. If interested please contact us.
All Events at book stores this year will be put on hold, unless a portion of your profits from my sells will go to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Yesterday, Kathy successfully completed her second session of Immunotherapy. After her 3rd session, and a day or two before her 4th session, she will receive a CAT scan to compare tumor sizes with the last scan taken before her 1st session. Praying for none to minimum growth! This will be our next BIG Milestone. Should happen in March.
Bravely Heading in For 2nd Treatment!
Receiving 2nd Treatment
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Show your love and support for Kathy by purchasing an Official Team Fist Bump T-shirt today! Cost is $15 per shirt, plus $5 shipping (per order, not shirt). Simply pay by donating into our GoFundMe account. Be sure to add the shirt size(s) you need in the comments section. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Go Team Fist Bump!!
Official Team Fist Bump Member T-shirt!!
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Team Fist Bump Update: Soon to be released, Team Fist Bump T-Shirts! $20 for the 1st one (to cover shipping), $15 for each additional.
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