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IA_Chiefs_fan 11-04-2012 09:25 AM

Family In Need - Please Read
 
Ladies & Gentlemen,

I haven't had a lot of sleep so I apologize in advance if I leave anything out or fail to make sense! I'm happy to answer any questions I can.

I have a good friend with a 16 year old daughter, Bethany, in my son's class. Our other two daughters are also best friends. They have four children in all. For quite some time Bethany hadn't been feeling well. She had been diagnosed with Mono. Last Monday they couldn't wake her up so they rushed her to the ER. She was then life-flighted to Mercy hospital in Des Moines, IA and had emergency brain surgery that evening. She has a large tumor they couldn't remove. They simply removed pressure.

Her tumor is inoperable and is a very aggressive brain cancer called "Stage IV Glioblastoma". So in less than a week they've gone from a normal family with a sick daughter, to having told all four of their children that Bethany's days on this planet are numbered. I can't imagine the pain they're going through.

My wife and I went to the hospital to visit the family yesterday. Bethany is having issues with one side of her body and face but is still so sweet and positive. She knows what's going on but is spending her time enjoying everyone's company. She even named her tumor, LOL. Soon, she expects to go back to school for a little each day to be around her friends. My son and his class mates are taking care of her class ring for her.

Guys, there are good people and there are great people. This family is full of great people, even though they are damn Cowboys fans :mad: Mike follows the Chiefs though and has been to Arrowhead with me on more than one occasion.

If you're the praying type, please send them to a wonderful family in rural Iowa. The family does have health insurance but what's ahead is likely to break them financially. You can donate in two ways. American State Bank (641-784-3120) in Lamoni, IA is accepting donations. You can also send any donations to my personal PayPal email address which is christytad
@gmail.com
If you send as Personal no fees will be deducted on my end but that is completely up to you. I'd appreciate if you would include your forum name so I can eventually compile a list of all those who helped. Some of you can't help financially but can help with positive karma and prayers. That is appreciated as well!

The family are the Gruich's of Lamoni, IA. My friend, the dad, is Mike. The sick daughter is Bethany.

It has been a long week so if I left out important details, or my post was confusing in any way, please let me know ASAP.

Also, here is a CaringBridge link her Dad setup. Keep in mind that if you donate on the CaringBridge link you're not actually donating to the family, but rather to the website, which is also a worthy cause.

Thank you so very much,
Tad


This is Bethany after surgery
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...th_bethany.jpg

Buehler445 11-04-2012 09:28 AM

**** Cancer. Prayers sent.

All the best to you and yours.

Scorp 11-04-2012 09:31 AM

Yeah...... this is terrible. Sorry, that's all I got.

IA_Chiefs_fan 11-04-2012 09:33 AM

Thank you guys.

KC Tattoo 11-04-2012 09:36 AM

Prayers and best wishes. This story breaks my heart as a dad of a 16yo daughter, but also I pray for hope for the family & rid the C from her have healing all the way around.

Baconeater 11-04-2012 09:44 AM

Damnit. Shit just isn't fair. :(

R8RFAN 11-04-2012 09:49 AM

This is a very sad story, I pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that he wraps his loving arms around this little girl & family.

Nzoner 11-04-2012 09:54 AM

It's crap like this that puts the game of football,politics etc. in perspective,said goodbye to an Uncle last week because of cancer.Thoughts and prayers to her and the family.

Easy 6 11-04-2012 09:58 AM

This is one that can leave a person speachless.

I'll see what i can do, God bless her.

Lzen 11-04-2012 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by R8ers (Post 9082065)
This is a very sad story, I pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that he wraps his loving arms around this little girl & family.

Sry, this may sound lame but this. I couldn't have said it any better.

Pawnmower 11-04-2012 11:30 AM

Very touching story. I looked through the pictures and couldn't finish without crying.

I probably would've had the same reaction before (maybe?) but now being a father makes me definitely want to send a little prayer and a little something their way.

I ended up using the caring bridge link in the OP (it also takes pay pal, FYI)

Big hugs go out to the family.

IA_Chiefs_fan 11-04-2012 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pawnmower (Post 9082246)
Very touching story. I looked through the pictures and couldn't finish without crying.

I probably would've had the same reaction before (maybe?) but now being a father makes me definitely want to send a little prayer and a little something their way.

I ended up using the caring bridge link in the OP (it also takes pay pal, FYI)

Big hugs go out to the family.

Thank you! Question though, does the donation through CaringBridge go to the family, or to CaringBridge? Either is good, I'd say.

DenverDanChiefsFan 11-04-2012 11:37 AM

Best wishes sent that way.

Cancer sucks.

R8RFAN 11-04-2012 11:37 AM

I sent a small one to your paypal about 2 hours ago IA

God Bless them

Pawnmower 11-04-2012 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IA_Chiefs_fan (Post 9082262)
Thank you! Question though, does the donation through CaringBridge go to the family, or to CaringBridge? Either is good, I'd say.

I dunno actually....I just assumed since the family set it up, and it has a donate link, that it went to them...

But maybe that's a bad assumption?

Heartbreaking story man....tears are still in my eyes


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