Friends and family, we have some very unfortunate news to share. We've created this site to keep you all informed and will be updating you frequently or as needed from here.
I regret to inform you that our wonderful, amazing, and very loved husband/father/friend was diagnosed with stage four squamous cell carcinoma cancer in his throat area. As far as we knew he was healthy and he felt just fine visiting his wife elementary and talking with friends, until the Friday of September the 29th, he woke throwing up blood and him and Kathy quickly went to the emergency room at the Veterans Hospital Little Rock where the doctors saw a mass on his epiglottis and scheduled removable that following week. Friday October 6, the doctors attempted to remove the mass with out patient surgery, the mass was to large and the doctors had to pull out and schedule a more invasive surgery to have a trek placed. This would mean removal of his epiglottis and a portion of his throat area, he was sent home that evening.
Throughout the weekend Jerry was unable to breath clearly, eat or sleep so they made the decision to return to the hospital where on the Sunday afternoon of, October 8 he went in to surgery for the removal of the cancer. The team of doctors from the Veterans Hospital and UAMS placed the trek in but noticed a large mass on Jerry's vertebra at the back of his neck that had infused to the bones rendering it inoperable giving him 3 to 6 months to live. But to our surprise, Jerry woke up ready for battle. We are all so amazed and inspired by his positive attitude and fighting spirit. He's accomplished so much in his lifetime, and is loved by so many...and he''s not ready to quit just yet.
We know that this news will come as a shock. It has all happened so fast. But we're not giving up, and neither should you. Thank you for all the kind words and prayers and support we've received so far. We'll keep this website updated so check back for info and keep us in your thoughts and prayers.