Derek's Battle of the Brain: Fighting Brain Cancer HEAD On
Organized by: Lara Mulchay
Update Summer 2018
May 30, 2018
UPDATE: We started this fundraiser 4 years ago and Derek continues to remain strong, focused, postive and determined. But he still needs our help. He has now gone through 2 additional brain surgeries. The most recent, in early May 2018, has left Derek with no peripheral vision and some other symptoms that have led Derek to be unable to walk unassisted and in need of intensive therapy for the foreseeable future. He's recently arrived back home after weeks in rehab. He continues his journey with a strength, grace, and sense of humor that is incredibly impressive.
Derek's friends have banded together once again to ask for some assistance in helping Derek, Kim, and Caitlyn with some much needed funds to assist with these new developments and transitions. All money collected goes directly to the Poindexters and truly any amount is helpful.
A decade ago, anyone meeting Derek would have described him as: strong, kind, compassionate. Now after almost 10 years of fighting brain cancer, these qualities have only grown stronger. His positive attitude and strength of character make him a beloved part of his family & community.
It's time we all band together and help Derek and his family continue to fight this battle.
Derek is now facing his 4th brain surgery to eradicate yet another tumor. His wife and daughter have been unbelievably supportive and brave over the past several years. However, they simply cannot do it alone.
For those that know and love Derek, you know he has a remarkable work ethic. Sadly, due to his condition, he has been unable to continue to work regularly. The mounting stress over finances is taking it's toll and will certainly hinder his ability to recover and heal.
Derek worries not about himself, but his family. His daughter is in high school and is navigating her future. Due to the exorbitant medical and out-of-pocket costs related to brain cancer treatment and recovery, she has had to sacrifice many opportunities typically enjoyed by other high school students. Regardless of her father's ailment, she has persevered. She is a great student and is active in her school and community. We'd like to ensure that she is able to not only go to college, but be able to participate in everyday high school activities and celebrations.
By helping us with this donation drive, you will be alleviating much of the stress associated with treatment. The donations are being directly deposited into a fund set up at Kim & Derek's credit union. The funds will be used to ensure proper payment of their medical and therapy bills, as well as ensuring that Derek and his family can make necessary repairs to their home and cover utilities and other related out-of-pocket expenses. But really, what you are providing is peace of mind for him and his family. Please help us, help Derek, so that he can concentrate on healing, not paying bills.
Please consider making a donation today. No amount is too small, as anything will help us reach our goal. We know that finances are strained for some but you can also help us by spreading the word to your friends, family, and social media outlets.
Our heartfelt thanks in advance to any and all of you that are supporting our quest to Derek's Battle of the Brain: Fighting Brain Cancer HEAD on!