How You Can Help

by Team Camp on December 22, 2007

This post was setup because as friends and acquaintances of Adam’s became aware of this site, we’ve been fielding questions about what folks can do to help.  Many times in a crisis  folks will ask "what can I do" and often if we’re the one’s going through a challenging time…we simply smile and say "thanks, but I’ve got everything under control."  I think that was also the reaction of both Adam and his family.  I’ve known Adam and his family for years, and never once have they ever asked for assistance.  Now, there are some very specific things that we’ve identified that could truly help, so Adam’s friends and I have vowed to actually provide some concrete, specfic steps that you can take to assist Adam should you be able to do so.  Different people may be able to assist in different ways, so here are some areas that you can participate in if you are able to assist Adam.

1. Financial Support – Cancer Treatment is expensive, especially if one needs to travel out of town for specialized care and Adam’s family must travel from one end of the state to the other in order for certain cancer treatments. (It is also very likely that they will need to go out of state to a specialized transplant unit very soon and each trip whether in-state or out-of-state requires either airline tickets, gas, food and hotel expenses.)  Additionally, there are co-pays and deductibles that add up quickly. With the stress of dealing with a cancer diagnosis I would like to think that it will be less stressful for Adam and his family if they aren’t worrying about finances while going through treatment.  There are several ways you can donate to help with Adam’s care.

A: An Adam Campfield Hope Fund has been established at the Wells Fargo Bank in Grand Junction, Colorado

Mailing Address is as follows:
Wells Fargo Bank
C/O Adam Campfield Hope Fund
Account # 3367672353
2251 Broadway
Grand Junction, CO 81503

B. Should you prefer to donate electronically, you will find a "Make A Donation" button on the front page of www.adamcampfield.com and you may use your Paypal account to send funds directly into Adam’s  Hope Fund for treatment.  Any and all donations no matter the size are welcomed and very much appreciated!

C. If you know of a company who would be willing to help us with fundraising and/or provide matching funds during a specific period where we try to fundraise for Adam, please use the contact form on this website to get in touch and let us know.

2. Prayers and Emotional Support – Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is devastating, having a recurrance is even more draining, yet Adam has never complained or let his condition affect anything in his life, especially his very high standards. In fact, after learning that his cancer had returned (right before Christmas this year) one of his first comments when learning about chemotherapy treatment was deciding how he can combine classes and cancer care because his college education is number one on his list of priorities! Your prayers and posts are welcome, and it will mean a lot to Adam (since he’s a computer guy, to know that new friends are pulling for him and he’s  not alone.)  Please send Adam’s website url to anyone you know who may be able to offer a kind or encouraging word.

3. Treatment options: Over the next several days we will be updating Adam’s site here with some additional medical information, however in the interim, if you know any oncologists either in the US or worldwide who may be willing to review Adam’s files and/or combine traditional chemotherapy along with innovative approaches such as immunotherapy or other very promising treatments, please send this website to any medical professionals whom you may come into contact with.  There is currently some plans in place to begin chemotherapy after the first of the year, however because there are very few cases in the literature where Adam’s type of cancer has recurred,  we are looking for additional options for him to have access to some of the more cutting-edge treatments to make certain that every avenue for a successful treatment is pursued.

4. General Website Help – we are currently looking for folks who can help us spread the word about Adam’s  site. If each person would simply pass on the web address www.adamcampfield.com to their friends and family, you would be assisting us in an important way. Unlike in the movie "The Field of Dreams, in the world of the world wide web… "If you build it, doesn’t mean they will come."  It takes promotion to get traffic to a website, and so please  contact us if you can help. We are also seeking some folks with general webmastering skills so we can add some additional funtionality to the website that will enable Adam to be able  to interact with his site visitors.

5. Finally, Adam’s Friends – Some of you have received emails asking you to share your thoughts and experiences about working with Adam and knowing him through the years.  We want to thank so many of you who have taken the time out of your busy holiday schedules to respond back. We’re still looking for any more personal stories, photos, videos, etc, that we can add to the site so that others may have a chance to get to know Adam better, and you’re help has been instrumental thus far in assisting us with getting the blog going. So please, if you’ve sent your thoughts, photos, or other material, thank you so much. If it’s on the way…we look forward to receiving it.  We are asking those of you who know Adam to share your thoughts for a few reasons. a: putting a face on those who experience cancer, or any type of illness, is very important. We’ve heard from others who’ve gone through various types of medical treatment, and in the hustle and bustle of a busy medical center, it is quite easy to "get lost in  the system" and become known as simply the "patient in 301". We don’t want this to happen to Adam, and want both the outside world and his medical caregivers to keep in mind that he is a very special individual, not just a room or a patient number, so letting others know about Adam as a person will help him stay grounded during his treatment.  We also feel that getting to know those who are experiencing illnesses like cancer is more likely to stimulate continued research into cures for life threatening disease. And finally, putting  a face behind the medical notes may very well help us locate top specialists and innovative thinkers in the area of oncology. We are reading the literature and doing the standard type of research one would do in this case, but sometimes finding just the right combination of specialists — can be life saving. So thanks to all who’ve helped us in our endeavors.

If anyone is interested in reading a remarkable story of hope,  from another cancer patient who happened to find a great team of doctors and specialists to help him fight his cancer, you may want to visit Leroy  Siever’s blog.  Mr. Siever was a producer on the television show Nightline and a good friend of journalist Ted Koppel. Last year I was fortunate enough to see his story profiled on cancer documentary and found his honesty, courage and candor when describing what it’s really like to be a cancer patient, very inspiring. 

We’ll update this thread as needs become known. Please bear with us over the next week or so while we finish up the website.  There’s more information we’d like to share with you about Adam, so please be patient as we work to add more information to the  site.  May all of you and your families have a happy holiday season as well as a safe one.  Thank you and God Bless.  

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Debbie

Hi Adam,
I received information about you through a friend. I have never met you, but I’ve read about you. I just wanted you to know that I think your positive attitude and perserverance are remarkable. A seven year old student of mine has just undergone a bone marrow transplant from his little brother for the second time. We are praying for him and his family. I want you to know that I will also include you in my prayers.

Debbie

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Bill

Adam,

Your cousin Tina alerted me to this site. Your an inspiring young man. Not only in your personal achievements and your ability to overcome obstacles but also in your ideas and advocacy for others. Keep fighting and Keep winning.

Bill

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Tar

Adam! My main man, you better come back to school before I graduate. Who else am I going to have to flirt with? (Besides, you’ve got the best manners out of all the other CS boys.) Get well soon, dude. I’ll be waiting with Free Hugs.

Tar

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Brooke Jacobson

Hey Adam!
I knew that I could not post without at least one math joke, and since they are bad, I will give you two of them…

How do you make seven an even number?
Remove the “S”

What did the two fours have for dinner?
Nothing…they already eight!

My thoughts and prayers are with you. See you next fall!

Meow,
Brooke

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Rose Kreston

Adam,

Sorry to hear you have to delay your studies for a bit. Hope you can come back to CSU soon as we all miss having you around. What will Jackie do without you? While you have a challenge on your hands at the moment, I know you are strong enough to concur this little set back. We look forward to seeing you soon! On behalf of the staff at RDS, we are praying for a fast recovery!

Rose Kreston
Director, Resources for Disabled Students

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Ken

Adam,
Your are an inspiration because you have never let this conquer you! Not matter what the adversity we need to know there are people who never say quit. I’ve made a contribution to the American Cancer Research Fund in you honor! Hopefully, we can find a cure so others do not have to fight this terrible desease! My prayers and thoughts are w/ you!

PS: Your cousin Tina is out there spreading the word! I will keep in touch w/ her about you

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Erin Nagoshi

Hey Adam!
I’m not really sure what to say. I want you to know that I will be sending good thoughts and energy as often as I can. I’ll also send some funny and sarcastic ones just for you 😉 You are a strong, motivated, and determined individual. I believe in you, scamp! I can’t wait till you’re back and throwing chocolates at us.

Best wishes!
~Erin

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Marilyn

Hi Guy:

We have not met and I am old enough to be your Gma. I am so proud of all you have accomplished and so very sorry that you have been plagued with health issues since childhood. You should be very proud of yourself to have done all the things your have achieved and how lucky you were to have parents that obviously let you live a normal life. With all your health problems, you are truly blessed. I shall be praying for you and shall pass along your story to many of my friends, as they passed it on to me. Wish I could do more but I send best wishes and a bit HUG your way. Also, you, your Mom and Dad and any sisters and brothers give each other a big one.

Wishing you the best,

Marilyn

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Corine

Hi Adam, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have been studing alternative treatments to cancer and have read of a Dr. Simoncini in Rome who believes cancer can be treated with Sodium Bicarbonate. You might check out the idea that cancer is a fungus and see where that leads you. Hope this is helpful to you. May God Bless You, Corine

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