This year's family that we will be attempting to provide some assistance to will be the family of Dave Hurley. Dave was kind enough to write down some things for us to share.
"In February 2019, my wife Gina and I received a phone call that my sister-in-law needed help. She was going through some difficulties and was not able to be the parent that she wanted to be to her five children. She had been facing some challenges and was asking for our help. She did not want her children to go into the foster care system. I realized at that time we needed to take the kids. It wasn't until April that we had obtained temporary custody of the children and were able to enroll them to Anna Local Schools. Prior to that Gina had been working third shift and driving the kids from Anna to Piqua to go to school.
In February I had been evaluated by my physician because I had a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. after having an ultrasound, CT scan, and evaluated by ENT it was discovered that I had a mass on my tongue and there was a spot on my tonsil. I was then scheduled for a biopsy of the mass. In March, I was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of right oropharyngeal cancer. I was taking the information in and trying to wrap my head around it. After the biopsy my wife, ex-wife and I set my sons Carter and Keenan and daughter Maura down and told them my diagnosis. I was at a loss for words, looking into their innocent eyes and having to tell them that 'Dad has cancer'.
I was scheduled to have a PET scan and of course I had to wait on insurance approval. Finally, I was able to meet with oncologist and radiation oncologist to determine a treatment plan. The PET scan revealed that the lymph nodes on the right side were positive for cancer. My treatment plan has been radiation five times a week with a total of 35 treatments and chemotherapy one time a week for seven weeks at UVMC Cancer Care Center. I told myself that I was going to have to work as long as I was able to. I had been able to work until about June 1 until the side effects of treatment were starting to hit me that I just couldn't take the twelve hour shifts any longer. Aunt Millies has been willing to work with me and has been very supportive and understanding.
I am at the stage where I do not have much of a voice. My voice is a whisper so when I am trying to get the attention of my two year old son Keenan it can be quite challenging. I am using hand motions or pounding my hand on the table to get his attention.
I am often asked, 'How are you going through this with all these kids?' Having family and community support I have been able to. I am reminded by my daughter Maura, 'Hurley's never give up'. She is right, I am not giving up!" - Dave Hurley
I hope that you will consider joining us for this year's Hacker Classic Golf Outing. It will truly be another special year, coming together as a community to help a family that really needs our support! You are the #giveback spirit of the Big Four Foundation!
Teams can register, sponsors can purchase plans, and you can even simply donate funds by going to our Event Caddy web page for this year's scramble.
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