Normally I tend to work for any charity I can get my hands on, I love the idea of helping someone out. So often the idea though is that someone would be smiling at the end. This is one of those times that Time itself will be the one to bring the smiles back. However, the financial burdens of the family are leaving them with little. I am looking to see what all can be done and how this family can benefit from the fundraiser below, If you have enjoyed my daunting little stories of my father and our exploits then thank you! With hope the smiles you receive will help inspire others to smile as well. I hope if anyone can help re-blog this so this family will be helped out during their time of need I would be most gracious!
For many years I have known Albert Roper and his beloved Kim, they are a kind and giving couple who have worked hard their whole life. Albert has served for this country; he has continued to donate his time to the community of Saint Louis through many devoted years to the Moose Lodge in Overland. He is a grandfather to many children. Though, with the discovery of cancer his years with us have run the course and came short.
About 9 months ago Al went in to the doctors for a checkup when he was not feeling himself. He had a few issues with his side needed to get medical advice, after running some tests it was discovered that he had cancer, and it was already in stage four. They said he was given 18 months to live, and with that undergo chemo. Albert is a fighting man. He is always one to stand up for what he believes in and what he thinks is right and honest. He decided he was going to try and fight this cancer, but in truth I think he was doing it for us, his family and friends so we would feel better.
The pain and agony of the chemo left him weak and we saw him drop rapidly in his weight. It has been so long but we were warned to not hug him. My specific part of the family moved from Florida to Missouri just so we could be with him during his last months, not being able to give him a hug from any of the grand children has been one of the most difficult things to watch. Despite his best efforts, he went through the first chemo treatments, only to find that the chemo did nothing for the Cancer. He fought valiantly and battled out what he could. We almost lost him then. He healed up and if that was not enough decided he wished to try the more extreme chemo; this too almost took his life. The days went on and his weight was vanishing rapidly.
Every Sunday the family and close friends gather together to see him and spend time with him, his grandchildren are coming over more often. As of the last evening we have found he is no longer eating and barely drinking. This is shattering to the heart of all those who have been touched by him. This fundraiser is for Al’s Memorial service expenses. If by chance more is donated this will go towards the house payments that he had been paying on for the home he and his Beloved Kim was going to spend with all his grandchildren. She will be left on what little income she has, as Al was the sole bread winner of the family and he had paid for everything the two had wished for, with the loss of Al, not only is Kim going to be torn but the stress that comes with the bills as well. I would hope when you read this you understand my thanks for just listening to the story of Al in his last days, to know he was so very much loved, he was such a fighter and he was doing his best to keep smiling. I will update this information about him when the final day has reached and when the memorial will be held.
For all his smiles, and all the memories that will bring us tears and some day smiles again.