Support Lorne Grimes
Organized by: Kathy Kleven-Haas
Who is Lorne Grimes? Lorne is my husband and my best friend, father of two, step-dad to one, and a great friend to many. He was named after Lorne Greene from the old TV series Bonanza, and he very much reminds me of Greene's character on that show. Rugged and industrious, hard working to a fault, and more work than play for sure.
Lorne had no symptoms at all. No pain, no loss of appetite, no weight loss, nothing. And then it happened. He went to the bathroom one day and there it was, bright and undeniable. Blood.
He mentioned it to me and I instantly remembered hearing somewhere in my travels... one of the medical conditions you should be immediately pro-active about is blood in the stool. I told him it was time for a colonoscopy anyways because of his age so he went about scheduling one. It was on October 31. No lie! We both thought they would most likely just find a polyp or two and just remove them while they were "in there", no big deal, right? WRONG.
I knew the second the doctor came into the waiting area and requested I join him in the recovery room. I just knew it wasn't going to be anything I wanted to hear. It was the scariest day of my life. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. Cancer? Are you kidding me? Are you sure? The doctor said they would send it out for testing to confirm but that he was 100% certain. The next few weeks were grueling to say the least. Lots of tests, scans, lung biopsies and waiting. Endless waiting. Every time we thought we might get a break and get some better news, it got worse. By the end of the testing phase, we knew we were in trouble.
Lorne is an incredible person who truly puts others before himself. He loves his work as a welding inspector and the welding trade in general which he has been involved with for over 20 years both as a business owner and an employee. In addition to his work, he is devoted to the welding community in many other ways as well. He especially enjoys working with high school and college aged kids to get them interested in welding as a career.
We are pursuing a 3 week intensive treatment plan utilizing several different immuno-therapies that are arranged for maximum effectiveness. They are reviewing Lorne's medical files and putting together a treatment plan they believe will offer him the best chance for optimal survival. The cost for this 3 week program is between $30,000 and $35,000. This covers lodging and all meals plus all related therapies and 3 years of followup appointments. We are reaching out to our families, friends, colleagues and anyone who might feel compelled to help us raise as much as possible towards Lorne's treatments. Lorne has been a blessing for so many over the years and we hope and pray you will help keep him alive for years to come! We are so very grateful for any and all contributions.
If you would like more information about Lorne and what we're doing, please go to his website!