Jethro’s hosts fundraiser for Gardnerville family
For Cindy and Scott Graham, life distilled into one day at a time on Nov. 8, 2013.
That was the evening Cindy rushed her 43-year-old husband to urgent care because he couldn’t remember how he got to his Gardnerville Ranchos home from Olson Heating & Air Conditioning, where he’s worked for years.
“I knew something was wrong,” Cindy said. “I thought he was having a stroke.”
A scan revealed a large mass in Scott’s left frontal lobe.
He was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he had surgery four days later.
The diagnosis was glioblastoma, an aggressive, rapidly growing brain tumor.
For Scott Graham, “the guy that never gets sick,” the diagnosis meant he could not work, and was facing a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation as soon as he recovered from the surgery.
Her husband’s illness, however, meant one less income. And while she has insurance, medical bills are still piling up.
Her brother, Jason Iorio, relocated from Texas to be able to take care of his brother-in-law.
“Scott has a doctor’s appointment every day, and he will need speech therapy and occupational therapy,” she said. “Jason packed up all his things and moved here so he can be Scott’s caretaker.”
She established an account at Wells Fargo Bank to assist with expenses.
She said it’s difficult for her husband to slow down to the pace that’s required.
“He’s bored out of his mind. He’s worked all his life,” she said.
In addition to their friends and family, the Grahams are relying on faith to pull them through.
“We’re people of faith,” Cindy said. “We pray to God things are going to be fine.”
As of November of this year Scott’s recent MRI revealed a new tumor growth.
With careful thought and suggestions from Scott’s doctors, he started a new chemotherapy treatment Nov. 14.
While the chemo is not a cure, nor will it shrink the tumor, it will keep Scott with his loved ones a little longer.
The doctors gave him a time line of four months.
Cindy made the decision to work part time to spend as much time with Scott as possible.
The family will be having a fundraiser with a silent auction and raffle prizes at Jethro’s Bar and Grill 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Cash donations may be made at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Richard Scott Graham or Cynthia Graham account No. 3031671286 or at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/32s3/scott-graham-s-brain-cancer-fund/updates/58512.
For more information call Austin at 775-230-9194.