Bobby Troup's health and recovery fund

For: Bobby Troup
Boulder, CO
Organizer: Wendy Ruppenthal Suzanne Bohan Kristen Donaldson and friends
$22,940
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 138 donors
45% Complete
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The Story

Chances are, if you have found this page, you know the amazing, kind and generous Bobby Troup. You may have seen Bobby walking around Boulder with his pack of border collies at his side, visited him in the Airstream he once called home, grown up with him in New Canaan, enjoyed a camping trip with him, got his help on your landscape, enjoyed his photography and videography or had an interesting conversation with him in passing. His warm smile and charisma always make people feel at home.

After feeling not quite right for the last few months, Bobby underwent a battery of tests. Just over a week ago, a biopsy revealed that Bobby has stage 3 colon cancer. He has a 7cm tumor located at the junction of the cecum. Based on the test results, the doctors think the cancer has likely spread into his lymph nodes. Bobby is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, May 2 at Boulder Community Hospital at 2pm mountain time.

What we know is that Bobby won't be able to work for some period of time and needs to move from his idyllic, but remote cabin outside of Boulder to a place more suitable to having caregivers and helpers as he recovers his strength and his health.
Without cash reserves, Bobby's options are quite limited. To help alleviate the financial stress that Bobby is facing, we are asking for your generosity to help cover Bobby's basic living and medical expenses while he is healing.
After the surgery we will know more about what is to come. He may need further treatment. 
Bobby has 4 dogs which are his family and will also need to go for walks and have some play time. They are sweet dogs and are very well behaved should anyone know of a home rental in the boulder area. 
No amount is too little or too much to help our friend through this challenging time. let us all help together!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 8, 2017

Posted on June 8, 2017

hello friends
bobby had a visit with his oncologist yesterday  and has decided to move forward with 3 months of chemotherapy.
bobby's specific cancer has a 15% chance of recurrence. when cancer is surgically removed from the body it has a tendency to recur or relocate in a different organ. usually it would appear in the lungs liver or bones. when this happens it can be much harder to treat. 
the specific chemo that bobby will use drops the recurrence rate down to 8%.
usually people do chemo for 6 month periods but there are recent studies that show that doing more than 3 months for stage 3 colon cancer does not lower the recurrence rate. bobby's cancer was down graded to stage 2 so he will go with a 3 month plan.
bobby will also contact a naturopath in Denver who specifically works with cancer patients. he is intending to get set up for pre and post chemo care with him. in most cases one does not mix other therapies with chemo as they want the chemo to do its job and not interact with anything else.
as for bobby's day to day routine he is having good days and a some days where he is really tired. this is to be expected. 
his incision points have turned the corner and healing nicely. 
bobby is able to work here and there a few days but not able to really sustain a normal work week. he is thankful for the funds we all have helped him with. 
moving forward bobby is still in need of a more supportive place to live. his current situation does not allow visitors and during chemo he may have homebound days where people may need to visit with food or help with the dogs. any leads to any housing for him and the dogs would be very appreciated!!
THANK YOU ALL for all your love and support !!!

Posted on June 3, 2017

Posted on June 3, 2017

Hello friends 
thank you all so very much for your support on all levels. Bobby has another meeting with his oncologist on wed to discuss chemo. He has also been gathering information about natural ways to support his body and deter any cancer from recurring. He is doing better everyday. We will have another update after the wed dr appointment. 
Thank you all !!!!

Posted on May 23, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

hello everyone
we have not posted for a while because we are still waiting to hear from the doctor to know if any further treatment(s) will be needed.
the test results will be available in a couple weeks.
for now bobby's health is continuing to gradually improve. 
the incision points in his abdomen have a longer healing process. there are many layers and for all of them to heal it takes a while.
the doctor inserted a drain into the site to get rid of excess fluid. bobby had the drain removed and the doctor told him he was doing well.
thank you ALL for all your support bobby greatly appreciates all of it.
he is now facing the reality of finding a place to live. he has been living up lee hill road outside of town. unfortunately the woman that owns the property is uncomfortable with bobby receiving visitors to drop off food etc. she has told him he needs to move out asap.
bobby is still quite weak and can not lift anything remotely heavy.....meaning he can not easily pack up his belongings. the woman who owns the property will allow him to stay until he is strong enough to pack. with this said does anyone have any info on a potential house rental for bobby and the dogs? most of us know how hard it is to find a rental with 1 dog let alone 4.
any leads to a place to call home would be really great!!! 
we will post another update as soon as bobby gets an updated report from the doctor. 

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