Bobby Troup's health and recovery fund

For: Bobby Troup
Boulder, CO
Organizer: Wendy Ruppenthal Suzanne Bohan Kristen Donaldson and friends
$22,865
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 136 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 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. 

Posted on May 11, 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017

Visit to oncologist went really good!

Bobby went to the oncologist today and received the best possible news for his situation.
his immune system kicks ass!!
as said before the tumor had grown on the appendix which caused the appendix to burst. The body encapsulated all the debris from the appendix and kept bobbys body safe from a systemic infection.
the surgeon was able to get clear margins on the tumor and his lymph showed to be clear and unaffected by the cancer. Because of all this bobbys cancer has been downgraded to stage 2!
The dr is NOT recommending chemo at this time. They are however doing extensive blood tests to determine if he may need it down the road. Results will be available in next week. This is best possible outcome we could have hoped for !!
Bobby is getting around very easily. He has to be careful but can do most everything he needs to do for himself.
if anyone in the group has any experience with natural therapies to support the body please share your info!!!
More later and THANK YOU ALL so much for your love and support!!!

Posted on May 9, 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017

Hey everyone
i got an update from Bobby yesterday and I am going to copy and paste his text here -
"Okay, update on my heath-
Of course the big news is I got the report from the pathologist that what was spreading throughout my abdomen and  what took them so long to take out was mostly benign. 
I did have a 3 1/4 inch cancerous tumor growing in and around my colon (large intestine). By removing approximately a foot and a half of colon, foxy the surgeon was able to get rid of the cancer there. The big concern, of course, was all of that spidery, veiny guck that was present throughout my intestines and abdomen. It went all the way to my spinal cord! Everyone's fear was that this was a cancer that had gone wild in my gut. Good news is that the matter was not actually cancer.  The pathology revealed that what had happened was that the cancerous tumor around my intestine had grown over and into my appendix. This had blocked off my appendix. With the appendix blocked matter had exploded inside my gut. Foxy says that, for sure, this is what was affecting my health for the past several years. This is why I had continued pain in my lower back, fevers, was weak, and generally did not feel well. He assured me that by removing this guck from my abdomen, I would begin to feel a lot better. When he called to tell me the news, I told him this was the best news I've received all day, all week, and all year! I still have to go to the oncologist later this week and he will determine what my treatment will be from here. At least all of that debris in there, aside from the cancerous tumor, was not cancerous.
Kristen went home yesterday and it was a bit of a lonely day. I went to see the exhibit of cold or sculptures at the Denver botanic Gardens. Certainly, getting this new news, brightened up everything! Right now I am out on a small walk with the dogs. What normally would take me 45 minutes, now takes me an hour and a half, but I'm so happy to be outside. Foxy said I should try and function as normally as possible, walking, eating, everything one does in life, to keep the healing going, and to train my colon and intestines in the new plumbing set up. More details to come later this week…"
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!! 

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