Sep 05, 2012 - 9:44 pm
My father was recently diagnosed with cancer. This is the fourth time in the last 10 years he's been diagnosed. He's had three types of cancer (lymphoma, melonoma, and liposarcoma, and the last one came back. He's been so brave throughout all his treatments, but he's starting to lose hope. He was laid off after the first time he had cancer, and was unemployed the second time. He was starting to look for jobs again the third time he was diagnosed, and before the fourth he was taking classes to do some seasonal temp work. Now he's collecting all of his insurance and bank records for my brother, mother, and I. It's heartbreaking to watch, and I want to show him that there's always hope left. My father used to be an amazing scientist. He used to do life-saving research, including viral and cancer research. Nobody deserves to have cancer 4 times.
The cancer has been difficult on my family, as with any family. Financially, the cost of treatment with limited medical assistance (due to unemployment) has been devistating. With the recent access I have been granted to my family's financial records, I now know that my father has very little money left for retirement. Certainly not enough on which to retire, and probably little more than to pay for another round of cancer treatment. My mother still works, and helps to care for my father's elderly mother, whose own husband passed away from stomach cancer in 2007.
Emotionally, this is even harder. My father is the fifth direct generation to get cancer. He watched his own father die of it while he was in remission. He cared for me while, as a child, I was diagnosed and treated for fibrosarcoma at the Mayo Clinic.
I am scared, and sad, and I want to do something. I thought that perhaps if I did some fundraising, I might help them at least pay for some of the medical expenses that they will incure.
So I am looking for ideas. I have never done a fundraiser and I don't know what it entails, or even how to start. Any help would be appreciated. I work full-time, so I have limited time, but I am willing to put in hours every week to organize something.
Thanks in advance for your ideas.