Please consider donating to this fund in an effort to help the Dickinson family with the costs associated with Ed's continued medical care and memorial costs. Ed has spent his entire adult life selflessly sacrificing to care for his family. It's now our turn to care for him, which includes bearing the cost of care for him. Any amount given would be an enormous blessing. It is very humbling and difficult to ask for help like this, and we will be honored by any gifts given. Also, we would love to compile any stories you might have that involve Ed. If you have a story you would like to share, please share it in the comments below. His family and He would be blessed by any story you might share. If you'd like to know more about Ed's story, please read below.
Story of his diagnosis:
In Spring of 2015, Ed began to lose weight uncontrollably. He quickly lost 50 lbs and became very underweight. He went to the doctor to try to figure out why, and after many tests, in Summer of 2015, Ed was diagnosed with Stage 4 M1c prostate cancer. This means that the cancer has metastasized, spreading to the bones and other organs. The prognosis was between 2 and 6 years. He immediately began chemotherapy treatment, with the goal of prolonging his life and increasing his comfort. Initially, he responded well to the treatment. He would go through a total of three rounds of chemotherapy, though, in an effort to gain some control of the cancer. Unfortunately, the treatments were unsuccessful in gaining control, and after three rounds of treatments over a period of 18 months, Ed ceased all treatments in March 2017.
Ed met his wife, Despina Nedelcu, in Fargo, North Dakota in 1984. After a persistent pursuit by Ed, Despina finally gave him a chance. They would end up marrying in April of 1985 and moving to the Dallas area. In early 1986, they had their first child, Christine, who now goes by "Crissy". Shortly after Crissy's birth, Ed, Despina, and Crissy visited Ed's parents in North Dakota. Shortly after this visit, Ed's father suddenly passed away. Through this experience, Ed came to realize that the Lord had given him one more opportunity to see his dad before he passed away. Because of this, Ed accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1986. Ed and Despina would go on to have 8 more children: Daniel (Pico), Michael, Stephanie, Sarah, Rachael, Tommy, Jonathan, and Samantha. In late 1999, right after the birth of Samantha, Despina was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. After several treatments, she tragically passed away in July of 2000. Ed became a single father of 9 children, working full-time at Texas Instruments.
Throughout the years, Ed never remarried--he never even became interested in another woman! He was a true widower, as described in 1 Timothy 5:5. Ed totally relied on the Lord in every way. There are so many stories about difficult times for their family where God miraculously used someone in the community to meet their needs. He has raised 9 wonderful children who are kind, compassionate, selfless, and love God.
Ed's testimony and story can be most accurately summarized by 1 Peter 1:6-7: "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
My name is Mike Nimmo, and I am Ed Dickinson's son-in-law. I am raising these funds for his family. I will be periodically withdrawing any donations and using them directly to pay for the costs described above.