#JaysArmy Against Lymphoma

#JaysArmy Against Lymphoma

From Jay Blankenship

Cancer sucks. Not only does it cost a ton of money for the medical treatment, but it also challenges us financially with travel expenses, extra time off work, and so many things we never realized we would encounter.

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Life has never been easy, but it has always been good. Not long ago, though, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My doctors said I had been misdiagnosed before, and that they possibly could have caught it earlier; however, we are now staring at a more severe diagnosis with hopes and prayers that chemotherapy will put it into remission. I also have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

My rock and partner is working full-time so that we can make ends meet. I have to travel two hours to Columbus every week, and sometimes three times per week, for my treatments, which will go through July. In fact, we just spent our fifth anniversary apart while I underwent the third day of the second round of intensive chemotherapy.

Our expenses are running high and I am currently unable to work due to my illness.

We will use our funds for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Travel to and from doctor’s appointments
  • Residence expenses for overnight visits to the hospital
  • Food and beverages when traveling to and from doctor’s appointments and while out of town for treatment
  • Household bills (which unfortunately don’t go away when you get cancer)
  • Gas money and car maintenance for travel to and from the hospital and doctor’s appointments
  • Self-care (because my sisters made me put that in here and made me promise to take care of myself)
  • Lots of hats when I decide it’s time to rock the bald look

I am humbled by any donation that you feel you can make for these expenses. I know that everyone has struggles and personal expenses of their own, and we would not be asking for your generosity and support unless we truly needed it. 

As a pledge of support, my sister is going to give everyone who donates more than $50 a “Your Fight Is My Fight” t-shirt with a special #JaysArmy message on the back.

Thank you again for your words of encouragement, your financial support, and your emotional support. It truly takes an army to battle this illness. I am proud to call all of you part of my own.

With Love, Appreciation, and Hope,

Jay

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