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Joes Medical Expenses

Organized by: christie luciano

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Hi my name is Christie. I am desperately trying to raise money for my father's medical expenses as well as his all a round living expenses. About 15 years ago my dad was diagnosed with non hoptchkins lynphoma. He was forced to be hospitlaized for chemotherapy and after a grueling process he was finally put in remission. It was the first time I'd ever seen him cry. Things finally began to look up for him. He finally got a decent paying job and was able to afford his dream home. But that would only last for 6 years before he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. They tried numerous medications with no progress and determined he only had a life expectancy of two years unless he received a liver transplant. We waited anxiously for months until finally on thanksgiving day of 2009 we got the call at 4am that they were ready. Our family held onto him amd cried praying for the best because these operations are very life threatening. By the grace of god he made it through the operation and his body didn't reject the new liver. His recovery took quite a long time and his life came at a cost. Due to being out of work for so long and with the bills piling up he ended up losing everything he had worked so hard for. His job, his house, possessions, etc. But no matter what we were so happy to just have him. Since then its been a struggle. He's been on disability which only pays a fraction of what he was making and still working minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet and provide for his family. He's been having to live in apartments when he just so desperately wants an actual home where he has at least some space. To make matters worse he had started to feel pain in his lower stomach so of course with his history, we took him to the doctor. Our worst fears came true, his non hoptchkins lymphoma is back. The doctors have started him on chemotherapy Immediately. Hes been on it for about 5 months now and it seemed to be working. But about a month ago he realized a protruding bump on his head that was hurting him and the doctor gave him an MRI. Seems like everything piles on at once because the doctor confirmed that the bump was the lymphoma, it has now spread to his skull which means possibly his brain. We have another week before we get his test results and more then likely he will have to get a more aggressive treatment. It feels like everything is falling apart. On top of all this he is still working side jobs because he has to in order to pay the bills. Its not fair for him to have to stress about money and bills when his health is most important. My dad is my rock, my hero, and the glue that holds our family together. He's taken care of my mom, sister, brother, and I for our entire lives. Regardless of what hes been through or going through hes always been there. He's at the point now where he physically won't be able to work and is on the verge of losing everything. My mother is not able to work due to mental issues and my siblings and I aren't financially stable to help out much. I'm just wanting to raise this money for him so that he can lift these worries and burdens off his shoulders and focus on getting better because we NEED him! If anyone deserves the help its him. All money raised will be used for medical bills and living expenses. I will go to the end of the earth and back to try to help him because he truly is the greatest man I've ever known! If you can, please donate! I promise you your money will be going to good use and to an amazing man who really needs the help! Thanks, Christie

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