Swinging Away at Cancer

Rockford residents team up in cancer fight

August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Tina Weiler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Sweetest Day in October last year. She was young, just 38, and felt fine until acute back pain put her in the emergency room. She couldn’t believe the diagnosis. Luckily, after undergoing months of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in March of this year, Weiler has responded well to nearly 10 months of hospitals, tests and treatments. She has what she considers fairly good insurance, although the cost out of pocket for her treatment and medicines to date well exceeds $10,000. Having a life-threatening illness can be a wake-up call, and in Weiler’s case, she decided to consider her good fortune of promising response to treatments to the best possible cause she can—to help a neighboring Rockford man in his own fight against cancer. David Cox and his wife Carmen are dear friends and neighbors to Weiler and her husband, Jim. The loving husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend was diagnosed January 17 this year with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He has been receiving aggressive chemotherapy treatments that leave him nauseated, weak, extremely fatigued and unable to work. His wife has become the primary caretaker, all while trying to juggle her commitment to her own career. The couple have been informed that a bone marrow transplant is required if David is to survive. The Cox family is like many today with less than the best medical insurance. The cost of his treatments, hospital stays and medications—some may need to be taken for the rest of David’s life—has put a tremendous financial burden on the Cox family. Weiler said the plight of the Cox family is all too familiar—a health and financial shock that few see coming. She is part of a team of neighbors, friends and family putting forth efforts into organizing a fundraiser scheduled for September 24 starting at noon—a two-option event of either a day of golf or a 100-mile scenic motorcycle ride followed by a dinner and live and silent auctions with the money going to help the Cox family pay for the expenses of David’s treatments. “This gives me something to focus on besides myself and that’s a good thing,” Weiler stated, showing a plucky attitude that […]