Several weeks ago my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Life as we knew it immediately changed. We wondered how this could happen. He had none of the risk factors.
We worried about how this would affect our family. We have three children ages 10, 13 and 17 who all have close relationships with their dad. Being the associate principal at Ferndale Elementary School, Ron was concerned about how to finish the school year when he needed to immediately start treatment in Portland.
Mostly we were concerned about the outcome. We learned this is a serious cancer that requires aggressive treatment for the best possible outcome.
Although we have lived in Milton-Freewater our whole lives, we had never experienced it the way we have now. It began with our church, First Community in Milton-Freewater, organizing an ice cream social fundraiser. Ron's Ice Cream Benefit Social brought in donations of gallons of ice cream, plus toppings and money to help with expenses related to Ron's treatment.
Contributions to the Richwine Benefit Account, along with all of the cards of encouragement and prayers, have meant so much to our family.
Support from the Ferndale Elementary School staff has been priceless. We are touched in a whole new way by the generosity of this amazing community. We wish everyone could have the same foundation underneath when they head into this kind of journey.