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February 2016 Update
February 25, 2016

Jeff has had his surgery and his follow up appointments are going well.  Next steps are: port placement, chemotherapy, urology oncology surgeon, See More

THE STORY:

Our friend Jeff is experiencing his second round of epithelioid sarcoma – a rare, soft tissue cancer. Initially diagnosed in 2011, he was treated through extensive chemotherapy, radiation treatments, blood and platelet transfusions, and two surgeries. He worked as long as possible, but as with most construction jobs, the work came to and end. He was on COBRA insurance, and in order to pay for his treatments and to try and compensate for his lack of income, they lost their farm, their home, and most of their animals. During this time his wife, Anita, worked whatever jobs would allow her flexibility to help Jeff with his wound care and follow up appointments. Jeff has been in remission and has been working steadily as soon as he was able, despite managing pain and neuropathy. Unfortunately, a routine test showed the cancer has returned four years later. Besides the tragedy of a person going through the pain and trauma of cancer again, he and his wife, who between them have six children and fourteen grandchildren, the financial burden is debilitating. They had just moved for a new construction job when they found the new cancer in his lymph nodes and he has not been able to work due to ongoing treatments. COBRA payments are $680.00 a month. Monthly out-of-pocket co-payments are averaging $1,000.00 a month. This puts medical expenses at around $2,000.00 a month including prescriptions. This doesn’t include their rent (they are renting a fifth wheel in order to relocate to Jeff’s work as needed), food, gas, or repairs on the one car they own. Anita is unable to find work because no one will hire her with such a varying schedule – she needs to drive him to his appointments which are often several hours drive each way. Jeff and his wife are two of the most generous, caring people we know. They have literally lost almost everything material that there is to lose. Even through this, I’ve been humbled by their positive attitudes and their efforts to still attend to those who need them in whatever way they can. The photo here was taken a while after his first surgery. We went camping with Jeff, Anita, and many of their children. He was in significant pain as he healed, but he refused to miss the trip with his kids. In this photo he is holding our daughter as they both nap—Jeff and Anita are also family to so many others. Please help support this amazing couple. They have applied for so many grants and benefits, and nothing has come through – most effort to find them help has ended in paperwork and promises. Thank you!

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  • Wendy McDermott

     

  • Katie Verd

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  • Katie Verd

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Katie Verd

Katie Verd

DONATION: $50

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Katie Verd

Katie Verd

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Wendy McDermott

Wendy McDermott

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