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This fundraiser ended on 12/08/12

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Please help offset/assist with medical/daily living expenses to alleviate the financial burden to help Robert fight the fight for his life.

Robert was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer in Sept of 09. He had a feeding tube inserted into his stomach because he could not swallow anything and even keeping liquids down was difficult. He was off work for 3 months while he underwent radiation and chemo therapy that cleared him of this disease for almost a year. However, at his next checkup they found it had metastasized to his right lung. The end of Dec 2010 he had lung surgery where they resectioned it and removed all they could. He was off work another 3 months to heal. They saw no sign of disease for another 3 months until March of 2011, during a routine checkup, it was back. It is now in his lymph nodes and both lungs. He was told he has stage 4b Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the head and neck. He was started on 3 more months of chemo and new scans showed no improvement. Sept of 2011 during a colonoscopy they discovered he had colon cancer.  At the end of Sept 2011 he had colon surgery and was blessed that they removed it all.  He couldn't have any chemo during this time because he was not strong enough. Another 3 months off work. In Nov of 2011 they started him on chemo again but it didn't help. Feb of 2012 his doctor in Tyler, Texas said there was nothing else that he could do. His best chance is to get on a trial at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. March of 2012 he and his wife Kathy started the 230 mile weekly trips to Houston. The first trial was erbitux and 3 radiation pills each day. This went on for almost 3 months until scans showed it was still growing.  In Aug 0f 2012 they started him on another trial that has never been used on humans before. It doesn't even have a name. They call it Protocol: 2009-0904, which is LY2606368 CHK1 inhibitor.  He has had 2 treatments so far.

As you can see, this unexpected family crisis has taken quite a toll on Robert and Kathy both emotionally and financially. Robert is in the battle of his life and wants to live. He is a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather, but most of all a fighter. Please help Robert fight this horrible disease. The money donated will be used for medical expenses and to help with daily living expenses as they have gone through every bit of money they have, including their 401k and savings. Robert continues to work 2 to 3 days a week (says he's afraid to stop because it's what keeps him going) but it's not enough money to even pay their bills much less cover the costs of their weekly trips to Houston, their lodging, food and medicine that keeps him alive.

Thank you all for your donations, your support and most importantly, your prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one everyday.
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