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My name is Sheryl Kemper and my husband is Leon Kemper. On August 14th 2014...we received some devastating news that Leon had cancer of the esophagus and stomach junction. All we were doing was going in to find out why it hurt him so bad after he swallowed food. NEVER did we expect news like this. But who really does, right? So while he was undergoing all his additional testing, and screening, and scans...and chats with the doctors...we were trying to find out when he would be good to work and when he wouldn't. After all....he was on vacation currently at the time of diagnosis. Great, huh? So after we pretty much had it all figured out, Leon was told today that he will HAVE to take his short term disability NOW. We weren't ready for him to stop working right NOW. We were told that people can still continue to do light duty work while going through treatments of radiation and chemotherapy. But his job is not willing to work with him. So this is where we need help. Because by the time his short term disability is up...he will be just finishing up all his 5 weeks of radiation and chemo. Then comes his MAJOR surgery. Surgery that will be similar to gastric bypass...but not that small of a stomach. Surgery that will require three months of time off. Time off that he just cannot afford. We have a house payment, car payment (only a year left of payments) and other medical expenses and prescription expenses with food and utilities etc to go along with all of that. And with a 13-year-old still needing school clothes....it makes for a really hard time for even him right now.
I have always been the one on the other side of the fundraisers and donating to worthy causes. But now I am desperately seeking the help from others to make sure Leon doesn't lose anything he has worked SO hard to get for his family. He is a hard worker and has been with his job for 14 1/2 years. He has always been such a wonderful provider and to watch the struggle and worry in his eyes, as he starts his healthcare journey...just kills me. Especially when he starts talking about selling his treasured possessions. I don't want him to do that. Please help us. Please share our story with your friends so that they can possibly help and share with their friends...and so on and so on...
Thank you so much in advance for your help!!