The Moore's were living life as we all do. Working steady jobs, raising a family, and preparing for their retirement. Then they received the devastating news.
Jim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. While that in itself, is serious and life expectancy shortened, he was diagnosed with the variant IgG Lambda Subtype, R-ISS Stage III with t(14;20) which set Jim in for the fight of his life.
What does all that mean? Well the short version is R-ISS only has 3 stages with Stage III being the highest risk of being terminal. The t(14;20) is irreversible, which is a determining factor in how successful treatment options can be for remission. Thus the reason he has chosen the Mayo Clinic for his stem cell transplant, which in itself is risky.
Their lives have been turned upside down within minutes and while Jim and Karol have done everything "right" to prepare for any medical needs they may have in their lifetime they couldn't prepare for the out of pocket expenses that would be necessary to live 200 miles away from home for 2 months while he undergoes a treatment that could save his life. Away from family, friends, isolated in a world of medical science has taken their two-income family down to one income that only makes 60% of what he was making before.
But Jim is giving it his all. His wife, Karol is standing by his side every step of the way.
And now I'm asking my friends and their friends and family or anybody else whose life has been touched by cancer to help, too! A mere $30 will cover their housing for an evening. $10 - $50 can cover the cost of food and other essentials they need. But more importantly...it offers them the relief to focus on Jim's treatment rather than a pile of outstanding debt.
If you would like to contribute to the JKMoore Family Fund, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/manage/jk-moore-family
Or send check or money order direct to:
JK Moore Fund
c/o Vision Bank
1704 S Marshall Street
Boone, IA 50036