Cancer caught us COMPLETELY off guard

For: Leon Kemper, Jr.
Organizer: Sheryl Kemper
$2,415
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 25 donors
12% Complete
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The Story

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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!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 21, 2015

Posted on January 21, 2015

So Dale had his tube removed yesterday and he is sooo happy.  He is looking forward to returning to work but we are still in desperate need of help.  We are needing to get a different hospital bed for him because he has messed with the control and lowered his bed while he slept and woke up choking from refluxing.  This happened twice now and now we are trying to get him a bed where it will lock in at 30 degrees.  And as always...we appreciate everyone's help that has helped us.  I wish we were able to reach our goal :(

Posted on December 5, 2014

Posted on December 5, 2014

December 9th, Dale goes in for his surgery to remove 1/4 of his esophagus (from the stomach up) and more than 1/2 of his stomach.  Right at the junction where the esophagus meets the stomach, there is a valve the keeps the stomach acids from back flowing up into your throat.  Dale will no longer have that valve and therefore will require a prescription hospital bed and have to sleep at an elevated level...forever.  Also, his short term disability has stopped at 100% and is now down to 60% and every little bit of help we can get is greatly appreciated, and needed.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support, thoughts, and prayers.  Please please keep them coming.

Posted on October 15, 2014

Posted on October 15, 2014

Yesterday was Dale's last day of chemotherapy!!!  Yay!!  Only 4 more radiation treatments left.  He is now unable to eat.  Maybe sometimes he can put down a little soup but that's about it. He is now on his feeding tube full time.  He has lost so much weight so fast.  And even though the doctors aren't too concerned with his weightloss it's just he lost it so fast...with muscle weight.  But I still love him all the same.  Through everyone's help...we were able to save our electricity, get our gas restored and had money for other expenses.  However...we still need help and your continued donations will help.  Thank you so much for those who have already donated.  Friends and strangers...people caring for one another is a beautiful thing.  :)

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