Mission Accomplished -- Thank You!!!
August 01, 2016
BENEFITING: PROVIDENCE PORTLAND MEDICAL FOUNDATION
We are now over half way through with less than $4k to raise to meet our goal. I am therefore upping the ante to 10 push ups and 15 sit ups for each KM rowed.
* Check out photograph of Dad rowing over Thanksgiving with me*
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isiah 40:31
As many of you know already, my Dad, Ben Hoerner, has been courageously fighting kidney cancer since 2008 when he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and underwent surgery to remove one of his kidneys. After all the surgeries, treatments and extended hospital stays caused by the cancer spreading to his pancreas, thyroid, bones and other parts of his body, we continue to enjoy and give thanks for his high quality of life. Last year he was even able to travel to Berlin with me - a trip of a lifetime - here is a picture of the two of us together at Checkpoint Charlie.
Thankfully, he has not had to fight it alone. He has had the unwavering support of my Mom, so many of their friends and our extended family. There are too many prople to name individually here.
Above all, he has had a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, who has sustained Dad throughout his many physical and financial challenges. My Mom, too.
As a family, we have been blessed throughout my Dad's illness beyond belief.
Part of the reason for Dad surviving until now has been the Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon. It is a leading center for cancer treatment and research, particularly in the area of immuno-therapies for renal cell carcinoma such as Interleuken. This video and the following link provide a snapshot of Providence Cancer Center:
Dad has spent many months at Providence Cancer Center for surgeries and receiving various treatments, including Interleukin. He was very fortunate to receive this advanced treatment from extraordinary medical professionals so very close to where he lives, particularly since there are few hospitals in the country that offer this kind of complex, expensive, life extending treatment.
In an effort to give something back that might help others like Dad, I have committed to raise donations for Providence Cancer Center by rowing and cycling 3,000 kilometers within one year. My hope is to raise at least $10,000. Uploaded here is a picture of the rowing machine in my garage that I will use and bike.
If you would like to lend your support, you may donate to Providence Medical Foundation directly through this website – I don’t even receive the funds. You can give a lump sum or pay for each kilometer rowed/cycled. Or, you can pay for me to exceed my goal of 3,000 Kms. I am up for the challenge- however you feel compelled to contribute! And your gift is tax deductible of course.
To all my friends and colleagues, thank you!