I wanted to take a moment and thank the Helping Hands of Cincinnati for all of their kindness and the support that they have shown my family in the last few months. I had never had to reach out for help in any way from anyone until my world shattered in October 2016. My daughter Elizabeth crossed paths with Alicia thru her work and Alicia encouraged her to inform us that the organization was there for those in their time of crisis.

My husband Dan “my world and my best friend” of 33 years was diagnosed with cancer. The Dr. that broke the news to us showed her heart felt sadness as she said told us that Dan has a large cancer mass on his liver and a spot on his lung. The word cancer stuck in our minds and that’s all I heard as time stood still. We cried and I know we both were thinking why him. Dan has spent his whole adult life in law enforcement and helping others in their time of need.

The journey then began for us trying to determine how his other organs were effected and after many scans and x-rays it was discovered that Dan has stage 4 Colorectal cancer and had spread to the liver and lung. Dan has had many chemo treatments since November 2016 and has recently had colorectal surgery.Dan hasn’t been able to work and provide for the family since this all began. All a person can think about is making it all go away and wake up from the nightmare. We try to be strong and keep our faith during each waking moment. Many people, even total strangers have helped in our financial need so that we can buy groceries and pay our mortgage and we are so grateful .Helping hands has provided assistance so that we can make our car payment and utilities and medical bills. I will be forever grateful for all of their kindness.

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