Michael Earl Cancer Fund

For: Michael Earl
Organizer: Janine Pibal
$32,680
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 521 donors
32% Complete
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The Story

Hi everyone! 
I know many of you have been following me on Facebook as I post updates on my cancer journey.  Thank you so much for each one of your encouraging comments.  It’s meant a lot to me. 

The latest news is I have stage 4 colorectal cancer which has spread to my right lung.  I also have a partial bowel obstruction from the growing cancer in my belly, (surgery is no longer and option).  This makes it impossible to eat regular food without throwing up.  I am nauseated constantly, throwing up often (even on an all-liquid diet) and am generally weak and tired all of the time.  And yet, though the doctors say I may have only a few months to live, I respectfully know that only God knows the day and the hour.  So I keep going! 

With Puppet School closing, my income has gone down and I don’t make enough on Disability to cover all my expenses.  And I can’t work because I’m now disabled from the 6 cancer surgeries.  So it’s kind of a catch 22.  And I certainly don't have any funds for end-of-life expenses.

I reached out to you before for help and you were so generous with your love, encouragement and finances.  I’m coming to you again for a little assistance.   Whatever you could give would be greatly appreciated and will allow me not to worry each month how I’m going to pay all of my bills.  The added stress on my body has not been good.  My body and emotions have been so challenged over the past 3 years.  I’m trying to get strength and weight back, but I think the stress has been preventing me from overcoming that hurdle.

Yes, I could die in a few months, or I may not.  In the meantime, it would be lovely if my family and friends would rally once again for my cause of keeping Michael Earl alive!

Sincerely,

Michael

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 10, 2013

Posted on September 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, Michael! Today is Michael's birthday and there is much to celebrate. Last Thursday, Michael had the first of two major cancer-related surgeries. With his remarkable inner strength and courageous spirit, he handled the surgery extremely well and is now safely at home recovering. Michael's humor and positive outlook continue to inspire us all. He will need to wait eight weeks to restore his strength from his long run of chemo and radiation treatments until his next surgery, during which the doctors will actually remove the cancer. So many thanks to all of you for your continued prayers, healing thoughts and kind contributions. Michael is indeed still unable to work during this time and has exhausted all funds raised through this site, so if you are  able to assist Michael with any amount, he would be tremendously grateful. Thank you again for your love, generosity and support!

Posted on August 11, 2013

Posted on August 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

Michael is progressing with his radiation/chemo treatments. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  He has three more weeks of treatment, then surgery number one.  Then a six week resting period and then surgery two.  As you know he has lost a lot of weight (50 pounds) and is tired and weak all of the time.  He of course cannot work yet and truly needs some sort of financial assistance to get him through these last three months. The first cancer fund is depleted after one year and now Michael desperately needs your help again.  Please consider, if you haven't already, giving a donation.  Thank you also for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers as Michael fights and wins his battle against cancer!  






Posted on October 16, 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012

Hi everyone, 

Thanks again for all your generosity and encouragement.  Michael has started a blog to keep us all posted on his progress.  

http://michaelearl.blog.com/

The latest news is that Michael saw a surgeon, who confirmed that he has stage 3 cancer.  He also learned that his treatment will require a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor and surgery to remove it.  

Let's keep Michael in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks on this difficult journey.

--Amy

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