Tom has been living with colon cancer for nearly four years and in July 2012, doctors told him that his cancer had spread to his bones. Tom's cancer is now considered terminal, which means he and Tracie are planning for their family's future without him. A former respiratory therapist, Tom is now unable to work, and cares for his two little girls - Samantha, age 6, and Kailyn, age 3, while Tracie works nights as a nurse. My family was lucky enough to get to know Tom, Tracie and the girls when my son became best pals with Sammy this year. They are wonderful people and parents who cherish their little girls.
Tom and Tracie's wish is that they could save some money to help Tracie and the girls when they are on their own. They expect new expenses to arise at that point, including moving and childcare costs, as well as lost wages when Tracie takes some extra time off from work to be with the girls when they will need her most. But as it is, they are just able to make ends meet, even with Tracie working full-time as a night nurse at Kendal at Hanover.
When I approached Tracie with the idea of a fundraiser, she resisted at first, saying, "Times are tight for everyone. Everyone has their own troubles to take care of." Well, Tom and Tracie have spent their adult lives caring for their others - as health care professionals and, in Tom's case, as an army veteran. I knew that their friends and larger community would welcome an opportunity care back, at Tom and Tracie's time of greatest need. Let's help this family so that they can focus on the time they have together right now, and worry less about how they will manage in the future. Thank you so much for checking in.