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VAUGHT vs CANCER

$97,343 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 557 people in 17 months
Created March 6, 2018
VAUGHT vs. CANCER: choose your corner

Whether you’ve spent five minutes or five decades with the inimitable Tom Vaught, you know what the rest of us know – that he is unlike anyone else on this grand planet.  A poet, a pirate, a peddler of wit and wisdom, a vintage soul with a vibrant heart, the buoyancy of the one and only Tom Vaught is unparalleled.  He is and has always been as loquacious and audacious and vivacious as he is free.  He has barreled through life with an open mind and an open heart, enchanting strangers and friends alike, every step the way.

And now, he is battling cancer. 

On Saturday, 3/3/18, Tom was scheduled to fly from the Denver Airport with his friend Gibby (aka: Brian Long) to Chicago.  But after going through security, Tom got dizzy and was checked out by an airport medic and told he should not fly. He was instructed to go directly to a hospital for observation.  Gib brought him to the Medical Center for the Rockies in Loveland, CO where he was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer, originating in the prostate. The cancer has spread to his bones.

This condition is severe and tests are being conducted daily.  Tom has applied for Medicaid coverage and we expect him to receive it.  Nevertheless, there remain a multitude out-of-pocket and ongoing expenses that insurance will not cover.  These include subsequent living arrangements and outpatient expenses.  Additionally, Tom won’t be able to work again for a long time, if at all.

Funds will go directly into an account opened expressly for these purposes. The Vaught vs. Cancer account will be administered by our Tom Vaught team, which includes Brian Long (aka: Gibby), Lisa Markowitz, Mark Laudy, and Jeff Grand (Esq).

Thank you for getting in our corner for the battle of Tom’s life -- because we’re about to give cancer the fight of its life.

Sincerely,

The Tom Vaught Team

Currently Stationed in:
Loveland, CO
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Hello beautiful people. As most are aware, Tom Vaught passed away last week, on November 2nd. In his own words, Tom said “My life CRUSHES death!”. He said, “I laugh at Death. And everyone is laughing with me...I think I got the better end of the deal.”  So, he may have lost this battle with cancer, but he WINS at life. 

Tom passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, with a beautiful sunset, and Jack Grace strumming some comforting songs in the background. I've been told it was as beautiful as it could have possibly been.

Tom was incredibly grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and generous contributions to help support his medical needs. Most of the funds raised in this GoFundMe were put towards Tom’s care up until the very end. Tom requested that the remaining funds go to a Scholarship fund, so that is in the works.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes, the Tom Vaught team is in the process of making arrangements for a memorial service in the short-term, followed by an event in the Spring which will celebrate Tom’s life and many adventures.  Further details will be announced in the coming days.

Thanks again for everyone who contributed, near and far.
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Hi everyone!

We are $4,442 short of being halfway to our goal! We have had 538 people donate so far. That means:

* If every person who has donated already, donates $9 dollars today, we will be over halfway to our goal tomorrow.

* Or... if half the people who donated already, donate $16 dollars today, we will be over halfway to our goal tomorrow.

So, please consider making another donation.

In other news, I will be sending a health update in the next few days. Also, I have heard there is a fundraiser event being planned for the fall. I will keep you posted as I get more information.

Xoxoxo
Thank you to all the supporters!!

P.S. I recently sent Tom a hardcopy printout of all the people who have donated, and their comments... so be assured, he knows you are thinking of him.
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Just a reminder, today is Tom’s 50th birthday! If you haven’t already, please consider a gift towards his cancer care today! And please post a message here or on the Facebook page to wish Tom a happy birthday!! Thanks everyone for your continued support.
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Once again, Tom would like to thank you for all your love and support. It truly is a source of strength for him, so keep it coming!
On the health front, Tom’s lungs have cleared and his kidney function is back to normal. This has enabled Tom to return to a normal diet and focus on his cancer treatment. As last reported, Tom is undergoing hormone therapy and will soon be meeting again with his oncologist, as well as other doctors, to discuss further treatment—both medical and holistic. While Tom is still in a lot of pain, his bone fractures are starting to heal, so he has more mobility. He continues to receive medication to help strengthen his bones and he will be meeting with a physical therapist later this month.

Tom also has a birthday coming up—he is turning 50 on April 7th!

Please consider donating $50 (or more or less of course, any amount is appreciated), for Tom’s birthday!!
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Raised by 557 people in 17 months
Created March 6, 2018
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