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Friends + family unite to defray Chase family medical costs and related expenses not covered by Curt's insurance.

Hello, and welcome to where folks are celebrating and uplifting the Chase family!

Friends, family, colleagues, and general do-gooders have asked how to help Curt, Heidi and Erin Chase in the aftermath of Curt's glioblastoma diagnosis last October and his brain surgery that followed. Many people have already helped by making a donation; but if you haven't and still want to, here's the best answer to your "What can I do?" questions.

On Saturday 11 August there was an event in Dartmouth, Mass. which for nearly three decades has evolved into an iconic fundraiser for a family or organization in need. 

This year's fun-filled day--"The Blowout"--was a muggy one at The Holy Ghost Campgrounds in South Dartmouth (see details and pics by clicking here) where groups of families and friends sat to eat piles of New England fare, drink lots of beer and wine, and listen to rockin' local bands...all in the name of fundraising. It was upbeat and energetic. And for the Chase family it was extra special: Curt, Heidi and Erin were chosen as this year's receiving family.

Because you could only buy tickets in person, this online fundraising space was created so friends near and far could proverbially "do something," as so many folks had been asking. Instead, this little fundraiser morphed into so much more, so fast: in its first week it blew through two goals, and by Sept. 9, 2012 we hope to raise $9000. 
It's money that couldn't be more needed. Curt lost his job in July 2011 due to state-wide staff cuts at the New Bedford Career Center. He really loved that position, but in the absence of it he was anticipating a return to real estate--maybe even to another Mass.-state position in another office--when on 21 October 2011 he had a seizure that revealed a 4 cm tumor in his brain’s right hemisphere.

A few days later Curt was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma, an aggressively growing malignant brain tumor condition for which he underwent surgery 25 October 2011. Having undergone intensive radiation and chemotherapy at Tufts/New England Medical Center, and later a month-long stay at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital after a serious fall, he's home in Acushnet at 758 Main Street where daily therapists--physical, occupational, and mental health--have helped him and Heidi live with and handle their "new normal." But as the case can be with head traumas, changes happen quickly. Curt's tumor site is clear, but because his system hasn't reacted well to any of his chemo treatments, he's on medication to keep him comfortable but not on ones that are "treating him." When Heidi returns to school at Joseph DeMello School on Thursday 6 September, a wonderful home healthcare aide will be with Curt during the day so Heidi can continue to work since Curt can no longer be home alone. Every dollar raised will go toward Curt's daily care, outstanding medical expenses, and the "normal" monthly bills that have fallen by the wayside.

We're blessed with a deep "family of choice" that calls and emails to check on Curt, Heidi and Erin. As time goes on Curt misses golf, cooking, driving, and his independence more and more. If you choose to donate, however, you'd help replace what he misses most: peace of mind that certain life bills will be paid. There's no value on that.

So many of you have already donated, and for that I can't thank you enough. And even if you can't donate money, if you know us at all you know how much we're "it's the thought that counts" people, so we appreciate positive silent thoughts and prayers just as much.

With warmth and appreciation, Jen

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