In June, 2016 my father, Dick Harper, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on one kidney and cancerous nodules in his lungs. Surgery was performed to successfully remove the tumor and the kidney it was attached to; the nodules in his lungs were determined to be inoperable. Dad's prognosis at the time was 6 months to 2-1/2 years. Chemotherapy has helped him hang on until now.
On April 19, 2018 during a routine CT scan, doctors discovered that Dad had developed 3 brain bleeds. After much consultation, the decision was made to discontinue all cancer treatments. On April 26, 2018 Dad was put on hospice care at home, with a prognosis of 6 months or less.
On May 2, 2018 I put in a request for Family Medical Leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to help take care of Dad in Illinois, and I have been away from home since May 3. I told my mother that I would be here until things were resolved with Dad. Dad seemed to rally after my son & I arrived here, but we don't know how long the temporary improvements will last.
I live 500 miles away in Minnesota, so it is not possible for me to take care of Dad around my work schedule. The current plan is for me to be here through the end of August, but I may have to stay through the month of September or beyond.
My last paycheck was on May 11, and my next one won't be until 2 weeks after I finally can return home and return to work. My mother was kind enough to help me cover my rent for June, July, & August, but she can't continue to do so indefinitely. Also, her grocery bill has doubled, with 2 extra people to feed. While I was here, I also had some minor health issues of my own which required two trips to the doctor. As I have no health insurance at this time, I need to cover 100% of these expenses out of my own pocket.
The purpose of this page is to raise $6,500.00 to cover my August and September expenses at home, help Mom pay for groceries, pay my medical bills, and cover program fees. Any funds raised beyond that will be applied to October expenses.
Please know that I am truly grateful for any donations to help me take care of Dad. Even if you choose not to donate, please share my story to help me reach as many potential donors as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. My family and I appreciate any thoughts or prayers on behalf of my dad.