Doug's Battle with Cancer
Organized by: Chad Carrington
Doug passed away on Dec 3, 2015.
We were able to exceed our goal and have been able to remodel the entire basement, put on a new roof & gutters, install a new driveway, and completely gut and rebuild the main bathroom. We were also able to do many minor fixes and updates (like lighting and screen doors, etc). Thank you to all for your generous support.
Any additional money donated will go direclty to the family for ongoing needs and education for the children.
Doug is in his third year of battling cancer, a brain tumor that has been credited to the poisonous conditions of being in Iraq as a Marine during Desert Storm. He has a wife and four children, age 5 to 14. The family has not had time to take care of practical matters at home, as they have been battling this for some time now. I find it best to leave the current condition to Dara (his wife), in her words recently on Facebook: "Before Doug had his 4th brain surgery on April 17th, we had met with his doctors at Mayo Clinic. They told us that they had exhausted the treatment options (mainly chemo) for Doug. They went on to say that they highly doubted Doug would qualify for any clinical trials either. Their BEST suggestion was surgery...again. When Doug came out of surgery, for the first time in 2-1/2 years, we were told they couldn't remove all of the tumor...They had to leave some behind. Also after this 4th surgery, Doug had some complications--lack of muscle strength/control in his left arm and leg, plus numbness. Through intensive physical therapy, Doug saw huge improvements and was able to return home. After returning home, however, we began to see signs that Doug was losing strength and muscle control. More recently, a faster decline has been happening. Doug's therapist noted that Doug's hand grip strength went from 21 lbs to 4 lbs in one week. frown emoticon We were sent to the neurologist who ordered palliative care for Doug--which brings us to the present pretty much. It has gotten very difficult to move Doug around the house. He really needs handicapped facilities now, which we do not have at our house. So Doug moved back into the VA on Friday to be more comfortable, to get better physical therapy and for palliative care." Doug and Dara need to have a new Roof, Driveway and also a basement remodel (carpet, ceiling, etc). The roof is urgent, as it is now leaking when it rains. The driveway has caused water to get in the basement, so a replacement of that and repairs to the basement are needed. The basement is being completed by friends and volunteers. These are the practical needs at the moment. There will surely be more, but for now, this is the focus. Please pass this information along to anyone that may be interested in helping with a donation. Thanks!