Jeff Walmsley's Fight for Life
Organized by: Anne Walmsley
Jeff Walmsley’s Journey
Written by: His Family
If you know Jeff Walmsley...you know he is a tough, work hard-play hard kind-of-man. But...if you’re fortunate enough to REALLY know Jeff Walmsley, you know his story is a story about love.
To know Jeff is to understand what it means to live a life committed to others. Jeff has always worked extremely hard to provide for his family. Nita, his wife and love of his life for 26 years, Chad, Chris, and Beano have been his world. Now a grandfather, he is surrounded by six loving children that simply stated, adore their Poppee; but, it is Jeff's deep desire to help others that defines his character. He is kind, soft-hearted and generous beyond what most people even know. He will help any in need and never think twice about it. Now... Jeff needs our help.
In April 2014 this strong, hard-working, dedicated family man went into the emergency room thinking he was having a heart attack. It was at that time that he learned that the pressure and pain in his chest wasn't a heart attack but rather the result of Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC). After several consultations it was determined that he had several large tumors but gratefully, the cancer seemed to be situated only in his lungs.
Jeff immediately began an aggressive regimen of radiation and chemotherapy and we began an equally aggressive regimen of hope and prayer. After several months of grueling treatments including preventative brain radiation, the doctors said that the cancer was in remission – Jeff's family and friends rejoiced and praised GOD!!!! Jeff, with his humble and quiet strength, remained positive and dedicated to healing himself.
The 2nd Discovery...
The good news of remission was short lived as the next scans showed that the cancer had spread to his adrenal gland. This type of lung cancer is inoperable, extremely aggressive, and resistant to 2nd doses of chemotherapy, so the importance of finding a “Plan B” became imperative.
A New Treatment, and a 3rd Discovery...
Jeff was admitted into an experimental immunotherapy treatment program at Moffitt Cancer Center in January where we prayed that the new treatment would shrink the new tumor. In March he learned that although the immunotherapy seemed to have shrunk or possibly killed the cancer on the adrenal gland, the cancer had spread to his liver. His journey continues as he has started another regimen of chemotherapy and we are praying the side effects will be minimal and the results outstanding.
The Treatment takes a Toll...
During the past year, Jeff has continued to work fulltime as a foreman for a construction company. Family, friends and co-workers have been amazed at his sheer determination and will power but the treatment regimen is taking its toll. As time goes on it is becoming more difficult, if not impossible for him to continue working as has.
How you can help...
Jeff needs to be able to rest his body while he endures the cancer treatments and take the time to heal. He needs to really care for himself…However; he doesn’t have short or long term disability. If he is no longer able to work there will be zero income to pay for basic living expenses, COBRA, or medical deductibles and co-pays. His overall quality of life during this battle is dependent upon him being able to care for himself, something that cannot be done while working as he always has.
So many have asked us "How can we help"? We are asking for your generous donation, of any amount, to assist Jeff and his family as they battle this horrific disease. He is so deeply loved by so many and we wish nothing more than to provide Jeff with some of the love and support and hope and care that he has given to so many.
We Praise God and thank you for your Prayers and Support