I have posted lately asking for monetary support to assist Kevin and Rachel in keeping afloat financially, and so many people have generously reached out and selflessly given to the Bridging the Gap campaign. Today, however, I ask for your prayers.
As you know Kevin’s doctor at UCLA changed his existing medication (BRAF inhibitor) and added another one (MEK inhibitor). Unfortunately it took much longer than originally anticipated for the new BRAF inhibitor drug to be shipped and so Kevin continued on his old one (Vemurafenib) along with the new MEK inhibitor. The new BRAF inhibitor finally arrived and Kevin switched.
Since then his progress hasn’t been particularly promising. In some ways he seems to be slowly improving and in others appears to be getting worse. There are some other treatment options that might be available to Kevin that Rachel is researching, however to try those, he needs to be healthier, which they are hopeful this new drug combo would accomplish. At the moment his quality of life is diminished but, as usual, he keeps plugging along, working as much as he can and barreling through. Told you. He’s a BEAST.
All that to say, please pray friends. Ask for healing, ask for his body to respond to these drugs quickly, ask for him to feel well enough to enjoy time with his family, ask for peace and hope for the Hill Family.
In addition, many people have asked how they can help outside of providing financial support to the Hills. Here are a few ways that would really benefit them:
- Spread the word. Repost this blog to your FaceBook page, Twitter feed, etc. Copy the link into an email and send it to your non-social media friends. The more folks praying and supporting this family the better. And, feel free to forward along the information about the different fundraising events that we have going on as well. (Tomorrow is the last day for the WebOS Auction!)
- Be Their Hands and Feet. Rachel continues to struggle to keep up with the trials of daily domestic life in the midst of her own ADD (read this post if you want a refresher), two small children, and her husband’s battle with cancer. If you have an hour or three to spare, why not spend it at Rachel’s house? Play with her kids, fold her laundry while her kids nap so she can run errands, bring them dinner and eat it with them – then help put the kids to bed for the night, or share a cup of coffee with Rachel after her kids are down for a nap. If you’ve got a few skills, they could use the occasionally handy-man, lawn service professional, house-keeper, or baby-sitter too. I will post a calendar soon where you can sign up for a shift. Make it a weekly or monthly commitment. Or, if you can only do once in a while, sign up for a day you can do it and when you have free time again in a few weeks or months sign up for another.
- Pray. As always your prayers and petitions are the greatest need this family has. Ask your kids youth group to pray, ask your church to pray. Organize a prayer vigil and invite your small group and neighbors. If you aren’t the praying type, thoughts and notes of love and encouragement would be wonderful. You can mail them a note at 746 Pearce Street, Atlanta, GA 30310, or you can post something to the Hill Family Fighters FaceBook Page.
Thank you, all, so very much for your prayers and support. They make a HUGE difference.