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The family and friends of Phil and Evelyn are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against cancer. Please show your support!

Help us raise funds to pay for Phil's treatment in his fight against Stage 4 Colon Cancer and Small Cell Lung Cancer.

June 18, 2012

New doctor visit today, confirming neuropathy in his feet, that shows no sign of going away. Diabetes, when hit with it the first time, is terrifying. Let me tell you, i have dealt with it first hand for most of my childhood and all of my adult life, and its still terrifying. Phil is such a strong man, and to have to deal with four surgeries, 12 rounds of chemo, countless lab tests and medications, its very humbling.

Money is tight...very tight, yet a very close friend and her parents have stepped up to the plate, during a difficult time in their own lives, losing a loved one, and offered to help. Another dear friend who lost her father this past week, took the time out of her grief to reach out to me. It is people like this that make me believe again. Thank you Clarkson and Colarusso families, from the bottom of my heart. While these are just two of the many many who have helped out, I will single out as many as I can.

June 16, 2012

Definitely diabetes. We will have results in two weeks to see if insulin is necessary, or if it can be controlled by meds and diet/exercise. This now brings the med count to 10 different pills, twice a day, along with chemo, which includes three premeds and four drug cocktail. One medicaton is 130.00 for a 30 day supply and one injection...2800.00. This is such a depressing disease.

On a lighter note... Happy Fathers Day to my incredible husband...without you, my life would not be as exciting! The greatest Daddy to our kids, Audrey, Philip, Nicholas, Abbie, and our special Guardian Angel Marcia. Keep watching over Daddy Marcia, he loves you and misses you so...we all do.

June 14, 2012

News today was not encouraging. Phil went for his Petscan, and was unable to have it done. His blood sugar level was 378, fasting. This confirms one of our worst fears, he has diabetes. It makes sense, the fatigue, the neuropathy, the lousy mood swings, the inability to heal normally.

So now we see an endocrinologist, tomorrow. More labs, more delays in restarting chemo, and no petscan until his sugar is under control.

The hospital is working out a plan for our balance. Ten percent down..which would be ideal, if our bill was in the four figures, instead of six.

So we are asking for every person who views our page to donate $10.00, if you can't, please forward to friends, family and coworkers, with the same challenge. We can't do any of this alone and really need your help.!

Thanks and love to all.
June 11, 2012

The fundraiser is almost at the halfway point. We still have such a long difficult road ahead of us. The bills still come daily, the appointments weekly, the pain and nausea constantly. We are depending on our family and friends to help us through.

During the first weeks of the fundaiser, three very dear friends have lost loved ones. These wonderful ladies have lost a mother, a father and a grandmother. It tends to put everything in a different light. We are struggling, but I thankfully can still say he is with me.

Paris, Angela and prayers and love are with you always.

JUNE 4, 2012

Well, we have reached the end of the first treatment protocol. A PETscan next week will determine what the next steps will be. So many questions, how much has the cancer spread, how much more medication will he need, how will all the drugs affect his vital organs. His lungs fill up more frequently, coughing is a chore, standing has become difficult due to neuropathy. At 63 years old, he should be out enjoying his retirement, not sitting in a wheelchair watching from the sidelines.

We have been blessed by friends and family who truly care, the actual amount raised does not reflect the checks we have received, but we are not close yet. Each month the bill totals over $8,000, and that is our portion. God has blessed us with very generous family and friends, who we are forever grateful for. Prayers are what gets us through the day, the hour in my case. I pray hourly that a cure is found, not just for my Phil, but for anyone fighting this dreadful disease. I know we are not alone in our fight, but it sure feels that way.

Thank you all for thinking of us, and for listening to the ramblings of a sleep deprived, stressed out me! Love to all.

Hi folks.

Let me start by thanking you all who have contributed already. This year has been a difficult one for our family. Starting in September, Phil starting experiencing gastric infections, bouts of excrutiating pain and was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. After surgery to remove the cancer, we learned that his appendix and gall bladder were also infected.

Chemotherapy started at the same time the holidays did. After four treatments, a scan revealed that the Cancer spread, and is now Stage 4, Metastatic. Phil has developed small cell lung cancer. What that is, according to his oncologist, is a tumor, not inside his lung, but on his lung. Too small for surgery, too big to leave unattended.

Here we are, three treatments left of the original protocol, and physically he just not Phil. The man who would be on the go from 7-7, and still have the energy to play golf is gone for now. The kids understand his mood swings, but don't like them. Heck, I don't either. The oncologist said he could take a few weeks off, so we will be visiting family while they are here, in June.

Meanwhile, the bills pile up, the medication becomes stronger the longer he is treated. I have turned to friends, family and former employers for help. Keepng our heads above water is a day to day struggle. But we do it. We take our pride and swallow hard.

That being said... we are depending on the kindness of family, friends, and strangers to help us out in our time of need.
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