Brandon and Mary are the recipients and will each receive 50% of the proceeds from the 2016 Tour De Kale.B Brandon grew up in Denton and graduated from South Davidson High in 2009. He attended DCCC where he earned his degree in firefighting & emergency medicine. He has volunteered for Denton & Healing Springs fire depts. as well as Davidson County Rescue Squad. He worked as a paramedic for MEDIC in Charlotte from 2011 until May 2014. At that time he sustained a major shoulder injury, was then diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and was then diagnosed with Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. There is currently no cure for this kind of cancer. After surgery he had 6 weeks of radiation and chemo, and will have to take chemo once a month for at least a year. He has to make multiple trips monthly to Chapel Hill and frequently has to go the emergency room for headaches and possible seizures. There are enormous out of pocket expenses for medical bills, medicine and travel costs.MMary was born and raised in Denton and graduated from South Davidson High School. In December 2013, Mary was not feeling well. She had been sick for several weeks. She went to the doctor and was misdiagnosed with h-pilorio. Although she felt better, after many more months and several tests she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in May of 2014. Chemo began shortly after her diagnosis but nearly killed her. Mary has a rare blood mutation that does not accept many types of chemo. She spent many weeks in Baptist hospital recovering. Finally the doctors were able to find a treatment that her body was suited for. After chemo was finished she went through radiation treatments. When these treatments were going on she rarely complained. All she would ask for were prayers. In May of 2015, Mary was in remission.
In June of 2015 she developed an infection in her sacrum bone. This was extremely painful for her and she was unable to work. Mary was employed at Walmart in Lexington. They were great about working with her during her treatments and welcomed her back with open arms as she recovered but she lost her job on June 30th 2015. Shortly after, her house went into foreclosure and sadly they lost their home. They were able to find an apartment nearby so their son Zachary was able to continue attending Central Davidson High School.
Thanksgiving 2015, she was diagnosed again. The cancer had returned in her sacrum. Since this diagnosis, Mary has had to spend more time in the hospital taking chemo, but with little effect. Radiation and surgery are not an option at this time. Mary has developed several more complications due to the colon cancer including a blood infection. At the moment Mary is in Baptist Cancer Center in severe pain. Her team of doctors are doing their best to decide how to treat her. Her husband is fortunate to have a great employer that allows him to be with her, but he’s not being paid.
Each year we do all we can to raise money for our beneficiaries but the backbone of our fundraiser is the wonderful sponsors that support us each year. If you know any individual, company or corporation that could help us, please let us know.
Lee Compton – $1,000
Canaan-First UMC “United Churches-$1000.00
Larry Furr Enterprises for giving us storage space
Watkins Farm and Marine -$1000.00
The Denton Orator for helping us get the word out through their newspaper
Ultra-Mek Inc – $500
Wesleyan Church – $250