At just 25 years old, John Guy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. Diabetes is a difficult disease to manage, but John, due to his personal discipline, was able to handle this disease most of his life. He persevered with strength of mind to create a beautiful life with a loving family—his wife Carol, four children, and plenty of adoring grandchildren.
In the early years of the Vietnam War, John sailed aboard the USS Ranger. Today, he serves as the retired aircraft carrier’s historian, spending hours and hours researching, collecting and chronicling its excursions from 1957 to 1993.
Living a life complicated by diabetes has finally caught up with John Guy. In recent years, John has lost most of his eyesight and undergone several expensive, life-saving procedures, which ultimately resulted in losing his left leg and half his right foot. His family has had to make difficult medical and financial decisions, compromising a livelihood many of us take for granted. The enormous out-of-pocket expenses have left them with unmanageable debt.
Adding to the stress, doctors have recently diagnosed John with Stage 3 Cancer. John requires an advanced level of care provided by a costly skilled-nursing facility. Even with support from the VA, John Guy and his family, already in great debt, face extensive future expenses from doctor bills, travel, and living costs.
The last thing John needs to worry about while he fights this cancer is the very real possibility of leaving his wife and family with an impossible financial burden, further limiting their freedom he and our other veterans have fought for over the years.
A gofundme fund raiser has been created for John Guy and his family to help pay his medical expenses, travel expenses occurred from going to different doctors in different locations, and other financial burdens such health issues usually create. All donations will immediately be directed to John’s existing five-figure medical debt and hopefully fund the thousands of dollars in new expenses heading their way, including deductibles, co-pays, treatment costs, general living expenses, and travel and transportation costs so Carol can be by his side to support his fight.
You might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gofund.me/e7a23822
Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.
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