Help Tom Saunders get back Home to Battle Cancer!

For: Tom Saunders
Whitmore Lake, MI
Organizer: Joan Schloop, Patrick Clancy and Steve Altenburg
$16,074
of $19,000 goal.
Raised by 146 donors
84% Complete

The Story

BringTom Home to Fight Cancer
Three weeks ago our life-long friend, Tom Saunders, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma which has spread to his brain. He has begun radiation to be followed by chemotherapy treatments but has been unable to return to his own home and family as there is no working kitchen or bathroom on the 1st floor. Everything was torn out. Tom and his wife Teri were in the midst of a much needed Do-It-Yourself kitchen and bath renovation when Tom was admitted to the hospital.

Tom is staying with a kind and generous neighbor until the renovations are complete but he needs to come home to the comfort and care of his own family during his upcoming treatments. Family and friends have come to do what they can but contractors need to be hired to complete the bathroom and kitchen work quickly and professionally. There will also be huge medical costs associated with Tom’s treatment and care. As much as possible,Tom wants to continue working with his modest publishing business, Glendower Media, during his treatment from his home office. Teri is trying to take care of Tom and pay household bills by running her Chiropractic clinic on a part-time basis.

Tom has always found a way to contribute to his community in creative and caring ways. Currently, he is serving as President of “Lost Voices”, a group of musicians who take their time to conduct workshops for incarcerated youths. In these workshops, young felons are treated with friendship and dignity and learn to work co-operatively. These positive, uplifting experiences are an opportunity for troubled kids to express themselves, perhaps discover their own talent, and give them something to be proud of.

Tom is also a member of Songwriter’s Anonymous and helps network, produce shows and raise funds to support musicians’ careers.

For nine years Tom hosted, Folk It, to showcase and promote many local musicians on web-radio Ann Arbor Alive of which he was a founder.

Please join Tom's many friends in common cause to return him to his home and his loving family's care.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 19, 2016

Posted on November 19, 2016

Hi everone,
This update is from Teri reguarding the funneral arrangements.
I know you've all been waiting for details. Here are the arrangements:

Phillips Funeral Home
122 Lake Street
South Lyon, Mi

Sunday, Nov. 20th
visitation from 11-1:00
Service from 1:00 to 2

Wake from 3-7
Columbus Hall (K of C)
8265 Dexter-Chelsea Road
Dexter, MI 48130

Nice day for a drive in the country.

OK, y'all. If you want more than beer and wine, be prepared to hand it over to the bartender to serve it to you. Don't go getting me in trouble now.


See you there and take care,
Teri

Posted on November 15, 2016

Posted on November 15, 2016

Tom has just passed away.

There is no details yet other than hospice came in Monday.
just thought I'd give everyone a heads up.

“We loved you every day. And now We will miss you every day.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Posted on November 13, 2016

Posted on November 13, 2016

Dear Friends,

On Thursday, I took Tom to the oncologist. It wasn't easy getting him there. It took Jimmy, Drew, and myself to get him into clothes and out to the van.

St. Joe's doctors knew how seriously ill Tom was back in August and they gave us the oncologist who is on top of the newest, cutting edge treatments and I will always be appreciative of the excellent care he has received there. His doctor told us that the radiation treatments should have been more than enough to blast his tumors but it was obvious to him that the cancer was so aggressive and advanced that continuing treatment was useless. He could give Tom an immunotherapy treatment or chemotherapy pills but either of these would only make him sick and miserable.

They did give him IV fluids and steroids and his color looked better but it was all he could do to get up the side yard and into the house with the help of Drew and Jimmy. He slept the rest of the day and all of Friday without eating or drinking more that a few sips for us.

Yesterday, Saturday, he was awake most of the day and took a few sips of his protein shake and a bit of Vernors but he stayed in bed all day. He perked up enough to tell a few of us to get away and complain that we were too loud. He is not ready to give up his fight. He is trying his best and wants to get better. He's got things to do!

And we were certainly loud. Most of the kitchen cabinets got installed yesterday and I will give the counter top guy the "go ahead" Monday morning. So that's good, at least.

I'm learning to take the good with the bad and we have had so many things to be thankful for during this three month battle. We are amazed that so very many people have sent their prayers and well wishes, shown up to help at the house, fed us, supported us financially, sent cards, cheered our spirits, come to visit, and even came together for benefit concerts where the love was palpable in the room. Tom was so sad he couldn't get to the second concert because he was in the hospital. We are working on getting set up to stream the third concert live, if possible, so he can be part of that event.

I know there are people who aren't on this list that will want to know right away will someone please forward this to Aunt Mary and Aunt Barbara and Ann Carrier and everyone else?. Has John Michael been getting updates? Any email addresses that I receive will be added to this list for future updates.

I am sorry to bring such news but I want you all to know that we are taking good care of Tom and will do everything we can for him.

Love,
Teri

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