Opie’s Angels – Helping a Husband with Cancer [AUDIO]
When someone develops cancer, many times it will cause rapid weight loss. That's the case here and the family can't afford to get him new clothes. Opie's Angels can help.Dear Opie's Angels,
In June of this year, my husband Chris was diagnosed with Stage 3 Esophageal Cancer at the age of 43. He went through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He had a blockage in his esophagus, so he had to have a stint put in. The tissue overlapped into the stint and a second stint had to be put in. Because of all these issues in his throat, he was unable to eat or drink anything and he lost over 100 pounds.
In September, he went into emergency surgery because they found a hole in his esophagus that led into his right lung. This caused damage and he had to have part of his lung removed and his entire esophagus. Chris spent nearly 40 days in the hospital on a feeding tube. He just had it removed on December 4. His doctor admitted that when Chris came in to her office, she didn't think there was anything she could do for him. He is now a walking miracle.
What I would like to ask of you is a gift card for Wal-Mart. We have very little income since Chris hasn't been able to work and still isn't well enough to go back to work yet. I just want Chris to be able to buy some clothes that actually fit him since he has lost so much weight. Unfortunately, we don't have the money to just go shopping for clothes.
Thank you for this opportunity and your consideration,
First of all we want to say how happy we are to hear that Chris is on his way to recovery and it sounds like he has been put through the ringer this year. We can't even begin to imagine what your family has gone through in the last six months. The only thing we can do is hopefully bring some smiles to your family this Christmas.
We would be happy to get Chris some new clothes so when he is feeling better and can go back to work, he will look great. We are giving him $200 for clothes - that should get him a few nice outfits. We also want to make sure you all enjoy a nice Christmas meal, so we are throwing in $100 for groceries and we'd like to get some gifts for your kids. We're kicking in another $100 for gifts for them.
Thank you for writing in this year Denise and we wish you and Chris nothing but the best in 2013!