I wish this were a “Cancer Recovery Story” or a “Bucket List.” Sadly, it is not. My father’s battle with cancer has nearly quite literally consumed his life.
My name is Monique, and Rudy is my father. He is an ex-Marine who served our country during the Vietnam War and who now is fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in March of 2009, and now it has spread to his spinal cord, lymphatic system, hip, and chest wall. He has fought bravely through surgeries, chemo treatments and radiations all of which have taken a huge toll on him physically, mentally and financially.
My Dad is the most selfless person I know, and it is because of his amazing example I’m motivated to help him. He is an extraordinary man, a loyal friend, loving husband, brother, uncle, father and grandfather. Whether it be lending a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, words of encouragement, a job, a place to stay, or even a car to a family in need, he always extends his hand to all who cross his path. He has worked hard his entire life in the car industry and has made many friendships along the way. His vast numbers of loyal customers buy from him because they trust him and he is their true friend.
My father’s dream was to move his family to Southern Utah, build a home, retire and ride his horses. He is a simple man. He has accomplished all but the retiring. And now cancer has consumed all of his retirement funds, his 401K, his horses, and he is working to keep his home. He still manages to go to work even on the days he does not feel well. His focus is not on himself but on providing for his family and maintaining his health insurance. This disease called Cancer is trying to break his spirit, and while it has physically reduced his strength, my Dad is a fighter! This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do; watch my father struggle in this losing battle and be unable to help him.
My father is also a very proud man, and despite these challenges that he hides well, he would never ask for help. So I’m asking for your help financially in any amount that you can spare — help to give him his wish to pass in his home.
To help, go to Rudy Medina’s Cancer Fund Web page at GoFundMe here.
This is the only way I feel I can help him, to lighten his burden a bit and give him financial relief, so that he may focus on spending the last few months of his life with his loved ones in his own home.
P.S. Anything will help and be greatly appreciated, even if you can just share this story with others and keep it going.