Show of support saves life
When Bud Stringer shaved his head, it was to show support for his wife, Dolly. She had shaved her own just as she was about to start chemotherapy to fight breast cancer. Little did either of them know, this simple act would reveal a previously hidden mark on Bud’s head and lead to a diagnosis of stage three malignant melanoma. Dolly revealed that if her husband’s skin cancer hadn’t been uncovered, “the doctor told me that I would have been burying him probably by Christmas.” Bud added, “if Dolly had not lost her hair – or chosen to shave her head – I never would have found this.”
The prognosis for Bud and Dolly is good, but both of their abilities to work have been limited by their treatments. This lead to concerns about how to provide for their family. Fortunately, the community stepped in to assist by raising money, doing chores, and helping to care for their children and pets. The support the Stringers received lead them to “see very quickly that [their] needs were going to be provided for.” According to Dolly, “we’re going to be okay, the children are going to be okay.” To read more about the Stringer’s story, click here.
The Stringers’ concern about financial stability under the stress of medical expenses and loss of income is an anxiety felt by many bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients. If like the Stringers’ community, you want to provide assistance to a patient in need, check out Lifeline Project.