2016 Texas 4000
On June 16, twenty-four cyclists from the University of Texas rode through
the lobby of the San Juan Regional Cancer Center, crossed the San Juan Regional Medical Center campus and delivered a $20,000 contribution to
the Connelly Hospitality House.
Texas 4000 riders share hope, knowledge and charity through leadership development, grant making, and their cornerstone event, a 4,000+ mile
bike ride from Austin to Anchorage. ( ▼ )
In addition to riding through the country to talk about cancer research,
some Texas 4000 riders relate personal experiences of their journey
through cancer treatment.
In its 12 year history, the Texas 4000 organization has raised more than
$7 million to aid in cancer research and support services.
Susan Steinhoff, in her first official duty as manager of the Connelly House, accepted the Texas 4000 grant award on behalf of the San Juan Medical Foundation and grateful patients and families who find a home away from home while they receive treatment for cancer in Farmington.
The Riley Men’s Health Fund helps men like Dean
The fear of what might be was overshadowed by the worry Dean was experiencing when wondering how he would pay his medical bills.
At first, he noticed that his work around the house, gardening and walking the dogs was taking a bit more out of him than he was used to.
Later, Dean found an unusual thickening on one side of his neck. ( ▼ )
Because he no longer had the medical insurance that his former company provided, Dean delayed going to the doctor. Finally his sister insisted he must seek medical treatment regardless of his ability to pay at the time.
Dean’s first visit was to the SJRMC Emergency Room where physicians took quick action ordering diagnostic tests that confirmed that the inflammation in the lymph nodes required further review. The ER doctors immediately made referrals to specialists who ordered biopsies that confirmed cancer was present.
It was SJRMC’s Cancer Nurse Navigator, Fran Robinson, who told Dean about the San Juan Medical Foundation and its Riley Men’s Health Fund. Within in a day or two, the fund provided Dean’s first payment to the oncology practice. Immediately the financial worry and stress lifted and Dean could concentrate on getting well.
Surgery was soon scheduled, followed by ten months of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. On January 29, 2016, Dean and the oncology nurses celebrated his final treatment with a toast of sparkling soda and ringing of the official bell at the San Juan Regional Cancer Center.
Dean now has the hope of a healthier tomorrow and a manageable payment plan that will satisfy his financial obligations.
You can help men like Dean who need a little support and encouragement.
Please donate today.
Every day is special. . .
Mountain biking in the Sacramento Mountains shouldn’t have been so hard. State District Judge, Brad Dalley had biked there before. This time it felt like he was riding at an extremely high altitude – and he wasn’t.
Later, disturbing digestive issues caused Brad to seek medical attention. His biological family’s medical history was not available to him. At age 42, it took diligence and persuasion to get an appointment for a colonoscopy.
Brad’s first memory, upon waking from the colonoscopy, was his ( ▼ )
physician’s concerned voice on the phone as he spoke with a medical oncologist. An appointment at the San Juan Regional Cancer Center was scheduled for the next day.
Five days later, Brad was receiving chemotherapy treatment. He completed six weeks of chemo and radiation therapy. He was on a liquid diet for nine weeks.
At the time of this medical emergency, Brad was in an independent law practice. His wife, Tanya worked in his office. Overnight – not only was he in in a health crisis; the source of income for his family was on hold.
Thankfully, Brad and Tanya learned about the Riley Men’s Health Fund. “The application was simple and it didn’t matter what I made two months ago,” Brad said. “My stress was immediately relieved when the Riley Fund made it possible for me to write a check for some of my medical bills.”
In March, 2016, Brad filed to run for reelection to his position as State District Judge. He is running unopposed.
“Now, we choose to live a simpler more fulfilling life. We saw how quickly our story can change and we are grateful for each and every day,” the Dalleys say.
Gifts to the San Juan Medical Foundation / Riley Men’s Health Fund make it easier for men like Brad to manage their health and to see the special significance and the joy of every sunrise.