Rory was an active, carefree 33 year old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of Testicular Cancer; he was given a choice of living happily for another 3 weeks or undergoing an experimental treatment and surgery with little chance of survival—his wife, Jana, was devastated, but he was surprisingly confident. He said he would take his chances with the treatment and surgery, and he wasn’t giving up on his children, Katie, Brandon and Heidi. He miraculously lived through it, and served as an inspiration for his friends and family.
But Rory would continue to fight cancer for the next 9 years. He would undergo countless rounds of chemotherapy, blood transfusions, hospital stays, and surgeries—including the removal of his clavicle bone, a portion of one lung, a hip replacement, and 3 bone marrow transplants. His eyesight and hearing would be significantly impaired from the radiation.
This September, just after celebrating his 42nd birthday, Rory again landed in the hospital, and was elevated to ICU. A spinal tumor had seared a hole into his colon—resulting in bacterial meningitis. Despite his unwavering faith that he is going to beat this, the medical professionals are telling family there is nothing left to do, and it is time to arrange palliative care.
This is an emotionally overwhelming time for his family. It’s not a time to be thinking of financial issues, yet the stream of bills in the mailbox and continual calls are a reality of cancer.
The household spends thousands of dollars each month in medical expenses. They are all contributing toward the debt through side jobs and working extra hours, but understandably, finances are a tremendous source of stress for Rory right now—he worries about being a burden to his family, and wants to ensure they’re taken care of and that business is settled.
We are humbly asking for any level of support to help his wife and children during this difficult time. If you cannot contribute financially, please send your prayers and thoughts.