Robbie’s wife of 30 years passed away in 2011 after fighting breast cancer for eight years, cared for by Robbie, who provided constant care to her during her illness. Their finances were decimated.
SEVERAL NEEDS TO MEET
IN RECOGNITION of his honorable service, the Veteran’s Administration pays for the chemotherapy treatment, but that is all. To keep Robbie as healthy as possible during treatment, and to keep his family from sinking tens of thousands of dollars into debt, your donation is requested. What you give or help others to give, will help Robbie meet several needs.
While receiving the treatment, Robbie must be kept in an ultra clean, hygienic environment at all times. Household germs can greatly increase the chances of infection. Any slightest infection can be life-threatening, because his body’s immune system is so compromised.
Getting to the treatment facility is an hour’s drive from home, each way. Purchasing a lightly used, fuel-efficient car will help keep Robbie safe and comfortable on the roads as he goes through this trying time.
3. SUPPORT & RECOVERY
In March of this year, Robbie remarried. His beautiful wife Karen is seeing him through this treatment as safely and as comfortably as possible. But the time commitment impacts her income.
While the numerous support treatments increase Robbie’s chances of success, the expense is not covered by the Veteran’s Administration. Your support helps to ensure that Robbie emerges from treatment without crippling debt.
What you do to help Robbie through this treatment is appreciated by his entire family. Please share with us not only the gift of giving a loving husband happy, quality years with his new bride, but also time to be with his children without burdening them; and the chance to watch his grandchildren grow up.
August 14, 2014 UPDATE #31
“… Robbie hit the half-way mark of his cancer treatment after the 4th round of chemo.
“After three sleepless rounds of treatments, last Monday he slept through the drip, all the way home and for three hours after. But, he was too sick to eat and couldn’t swallow any supplements designed to help with the side effects. It looks like drip therapy is here to stay.
“At times, he has pretty bad reactions to the chemo drugs, but his doctor says that he’s doing great… is even impressed with how well ‘we are managing the side effects.’
“Since we ARE at the half way mark, it seems appropriate to bring you all up to date on where Robbie’s War Chest stands now.
“The target I set at $75,000 covers any eventuality. GoFundMe, takes five percent of every online donation, which helps them to stay in business. WePay handles the funds for three percent. Both provide an amazing service and are worth every penny — about $2,500 of the number you see that we’ve raised to date.
“We needed a back-up car in case of an emergency when Robbie might need to go to the hospital — he did twice the last time he did chemo — and the other car is in use. That was $2,800, but she runs like a top.
“The washer/dryer and dishwasher needed to clean and sterilize everything took another $1,500, but I got an amazing deal.
“Exotic supplements designed to minimize the effects of Robbie’s chemo — some at wholesale prices through friends, some not — cost $1000. While some supplies last only a month, others are good for 6 months. Robbie’s prescriptions that are not covered by insurance were $500 for a two month supply.
“Other funding went into extra gasoline needed to go to and from chemotherapy; weekly blood tests and doctor visits; and a futon bed from Ikea so Robbie can lay down and rest without climbing the stairs.
“An amazing piece of equipment called a Total Body Vibration Machine allows Robbie to get exercise without strain! A ‘grounding’ or ‘Earthing’ pad drains free radicals from the body, promotes healing and aids sleep. Ultra house, rug and carpet cleaning services, and a new carpet that replaced the uncleanable one in the living room, plus new filters for the water purification system and fans in the house, besides the organic food requirements over and above our family’s food budget… have pretty much depleted Robbie’s War Chest.
“We ask for more donations or at least a real push now to get others to contribute. We’re at the half-way point and heading for the home stretch. Let’s get Robbie to the finish/start line in good shape for Part Two of the plan!”
Stem Cell Therapy Plans
“After this challenge is over in February we’ll get to the CAUSE of this cancer. Agent Orange damages DNA, leaving the door open to lymphoma, diabetes and many other diseases. We believe that’s why it keeps coming back. We need to get Robbie’s DNA fixed and we plan to do it with stem cells – check it out http://tinyurl.com/9bh4l5z.
“Robbie has already had great results with stem cells. He had pure white hair before it all fell out the last time he had cancer treatments. He got stem cell treatment right after that, and his RED hair grew back!
“His energy and physical comfort increased exponentially.
“Rather than close the door on the cancer, I’m looking to REMOVE the door, brick up the opening with cinder blocks and plaster it over two feet thick!
“To keep doing my job of taking care of him I can use all the ammunition I can find. I need you to keep donating and helping Robbie.
“We need whatever fuel (help) is available to find more ways to help Robbie. Meanwhile, we will continue to work our new Amazon business as much as possible, so that we can re-assume his health care needs 100 percent.
“When it’s all over, and we’re well down the road, we’ll throw a BIG PARTY for all the wonderful friends who helped Robbie win his battle with cancer! We hope to see YOU there with us!
“Are you in? Are you coming?
“Thank you. I love you all.” — Karen Robinson
Donations in any amount are appreciated: $5, $10, $20 or more. Donate — or have others donate — by email though GoFundMe.
A Personal Postscript from Karen:
“It really helps to have the love and support of family and friends during this trial. Here’s a hashtag for Twitter to let others know!”
“Thank you for whatever you can and will do for Robbie!”
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Well, there it is, an opportunity to do something good for someone who once fought alongside of his brothers to defend our American freedoms in the hope that there would be no more wars. Right now, there is a battle raging inside of Robbie’s body, but maybe you would like to have the honor of helping to put out the fire that rages within his cells.
I did my part and donated… will you do yours?