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Local Organic Farmer vs Cancer... Please help!

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A native Floridian, citrus expert, and passionate organic grower. Charles Farmer has been making waves in the agricultural industry for over 30 years! His passion for farming really shines through and you can't help but become interested in organics after one conversation with him. Here is an interview that I found that really shows his raw love for his scope of work: http://unclematts.com/our-growers/meet-the-grower-charles-farmer/ .
Over the years, Charles has come up with some really great, innovative ideas for his newest project... organic blueberries. So many wonderful things were in the works, but all of that came to screeching halt when we found out that he had cancer. It's only been about a month since the diagnosis but it's steadily been getting worse and worse. What started as a simple pain, led to hospital visits, exams, second opinions, etc. until we finally got the answer we had been dreading from the start. This amazing father-in-law of mine was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer and it had already spread to other parts of his body. To watch him suffer daily is the hardest part for me. He's such an inspiration and has helped so many people over the years. It was a hard pill to swallow, at first. Why was this happening to him? The doctors sat us down and gave us treatment options, which were astronomically out of our budget. Without treatment, the doctors said he has 3 to 6 months max. With treatment, we could buy him about 18 months. Rectal cancer is hereditary and can be avoided through regular screening, but for Charles, it's too late. He has a golf ball size tumor on his rectum, and now, they just discovered that the cancer spread to his liver causing a baseball size tumor to form. Without radiation or chemo, I'm afraid we won't get to spend one last Thanksgiving or Christmas with him.
It's hard to watch the people I love suffering because he is suffering. It's even harder feeling like there is nothing I can do. I made a promise to myself when we found out the news, "For as long as he fights this thing, I will fight with him." I wish I could take it all away, but I can't. All I can do is make memories. When he's not at doctor's appointment or in debilitating pain, we cherish every second we can with him, as a family. He's expressed an interest in going to visit a couple of places before he dies. I plan on making it happen one way or another. I can't cure cancer, and I can't take it away from him. All I can do is make it as memorable as possible for both him and our family. I want every last second spent with him to be special and it's very hard with everyone stressing how they are going to help pay for the next doctor's visit or prescription or even just gas to go back and forth from one doctor to the next.
One of things Charles said that has always stuck with me, in every aspect of my life, pertained to his choice of agriculture. Why farm organic when you know you can grow double the amount of crops conventionally? He said " Quality, not quantity." It's not about how many crops you have, but the quality of your harvest, no matter how big or small. That's my inspiration for everything that I do, both in my personal life, but also for everything I want to do for him. It's not about trying to buy him more time, it's about making the time he has left with us as special as possible. This is why I'm reaching out to you today. Every penny, every dollar that we can raise will not only help possibly extend his time here with us, but take the financial burden and stress off of my mother-in-law, my partner, and everyone else that has been sacrificing to help pay for everything up until now. With time being so crucial when it comes to a terminal illness, the last thing on a family's mind should not be "how are we going to pay for this?" instead it should be spent embracing each moment like it was our last with him. I ask you from the bottom of my heart, please help us.

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