Support Kurt Hammond Family

Campaign Created by: Keilanna Hammond-Eisley

Goal : USD $20,000
Raised : USD $ 12,482

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God's plans are not always what we expect nor are they sometimes what we would want. That being said we decided that now is the time to update this page so people can know best how to be there for our family right now. We first want to thank everyone for their furvent prayers, constant check ins and cards of encouragement. Your thoughtfulness and generosity the last 10 months have been such an uplifting force to our family. We have been able to see God's hands and feet as they have met needs time and time again when we didn't know how we would meet it. I could probably list a mile long all the needs that were met but I will spare you the book. When we first created this campaign we needed to help provide funds to fix some major structural issues with the house as well as providing for traveling expenses for mom and dad to treatments and doctor appointments. In the spring we received a very generous donation privately that allowed us to not only fix the serious structural issue but also to make some improvements on my parents home that made it easier for dad to get around and enjoy the summer and fall months which is when he had some of his better days this past year. Time and time again we have seen needs met and we continue to rely on God to sustain us both physically, mentally and emotionally. We cannot begin to say thank you enough for everyone that has played a part in helping us to carry the burdens we have been carrying.
The last two months we have seen dad decline rather rapidly and the cancer is now growing too fast to make continuing with chemo a viable option anymore. Together with his doctors we have moved from a battle against the cancer to a palliative care/hospice care plan. Our hope is to get daddy moved back from Roswell in Buffalo to his home in Killawog to be able to spend a little more time with his wife, children and grandchildren until the Lord calls him home to glory land. This has not been an easy decision to make however daddy is at peace with it and knows that his healing will happen with a heavenly body and no more pain. We still pray for a miracle but we also can see how quickly daddy is failing and ultimately have been praying all along for dad not to be in pain. So far throughout most of the past year he has been spared enormous pain and mostly just dealt with the uncomfortable side effects of the chemo. He even had some very good months during the summer where he was able to sit and watch family and friends work on the house or his grandbabies play in the yard. We are thankful for the memories we were able to make and especially thankful for our Christmas celebrations we had with daddy. 
As we begin this new stage of our journey with dad we covet your prayers for peace and comfort for the family. This has been and will continue to be a hard path to walk. It is never easy losing a loved one, a spouse, a father or grandfather and while we know he won't be in pain anymore it doesn't make the loss feel any better. We will need to lean on our friends and family the next few days, weeks and months to get through this transition and help the younger children especially deal with the grieving process.
So with this update we have changed this campaign to better reflect the needs we have currently and to keep you all better informed. We now need to think about the needs mom will have when dad is no longer with us. Because of my mother's age she is not eligable for widows benefits until she turns 60 which doesn't happen for another 3 years. We are keeping this campaign open to help raise funds in order to help alleviate the costs that she will have for every day life. Because of my father's first battle with cancer they still hold a mortgage on our family home as well as a car loan and other outstanding bills. We would love to try and help my mother be able to keep the house and take away some of the worries she currently has so she can focus on being the amazing mother she is to her children that still live at home. We know this loss will be especially hard on the younger children and we would love mom to be able to have them and her own grieving be her primary focus and not worry about the finance part for a little while. We are eternally thankful and grateful to all who have been the hands and feet of Jesus in helping our family through this year. 
Lastly, as we move towards this difficult part of my dad's journey we want to thank everyone who has sent cards and words of encouragement thus far. It has meant the world to him and I know he would want people to know how thankful he is. You've touched his heart just showing your love by sending cards, texts or messages. Please know that this part of the journey can be quite emotional. While we still pray for a miracle, we have accepted that our father's healing will most likely be a heavenly healing. In saying that we respectfully request if you would like to send a card or words of encouragement please be mindful that cards that express things such as "Get Well Soon" or "Keep Fighting" are difficult to read right now. My daddy WANTS to live. He wants so badly to be around for his wife, his children and his grandbabies. Seeing those words makes it very hard for him and my mom to read. It is hard to figure out a right way to request this; but please, if you would like to send something to daddy keep this in mind when doing so. He still enjoys a good laugh or pictures drawn by kiddos. He has always had a special place in his heart for the children and seeing stuff like this warms his heart. It brings him happiness in such a difficult chapter for all of us. Feel free to send cheerful things or dry humor cards. This will be good nourishment for his soul.
Each day our needs may change as this is an ever evolving situation and daddy's condition changes sometimes several times a day. I will try to keep this updated as often as possible but know that our place is beside my dad and mom. Please pray for us all as we go through this last stage with dad and beginning stages of grieving with our loved ones. We love you all and are so thankful for your love, kindness and prayers for our dad and family. 

The Kurt Hammond Family 

UPDATES

Link for daddy's funeral
March 2, 2020
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Below is the link to be able to watch the funeral if you were unable to attend and want to view it. Because this site doesn't allow hyperlinks to work you must copy the link below and paste it in your browser then it will take you to the video. 



https://vimeo.com/394739130?fbclid=IwAR25rXSv7Cf_WPwfxp8ht8b2Fk5na-5zQQr8BnwXLfuq_LMJmXsbj7RY37M

A message from Kurt ....
March 2, 2020
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Below is a message written by my father -  He typed this out with the help of my mother at Thanksgiving. All the words are from dad and we thought it would be so sweet to share with all of you his words. Dad liked to type in all caps so I copied it exactly as he wrote it - Enjoy!

I AM SO THANKFUL FOR HIS BLESING HE IS GIVING US EVEN THRU THE CANCER. HE HAS BLESSED US WITH SO MANY FAMILY & FRIENDS WHO CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR VICTORY OVER IT. 

A SONG "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" RUNS THRU MY MIND DAILY AS I THINK OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.

MEN FROM THE CHURCH WHO HAVE GONE UNDER THE HOUSE AND RESUPPORTED BEAMS, FIXED MY VEHICLE, INSTALLED A RAMP AND SO MANY MORE THINGS TO THANK YOU ALL FOR...

A GENEROUS DONATION FROM A FRIEND TO MAKE POSSIBLE A MUCH NEEDED RENOVATION. MY FAMILY WHO TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING IN IT AND SURPRISED ME. SOMETHING MY WIFE AND I HAD DREAMED OF TO COMPLETE UPON MY RETIREMENT BUT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS ON THAT TIMING. 

FAMILY WHO HAVE STEPPED UP AND DONE THINGS FOR ME IN SO MANY WAYS I CAN'T EVEN GO INTO THIS LIST BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY....

CONTRACTOR FRIENDS WHO WILL CALL AND CHECK ON ME AND IF THEY COULD DO SOMETHING TO HELP.

THE LIST COULD GO ON HERE BUT LET ME SAY THANK YOU TO MY WIFE WHO TAKES EXCELLENT CARE OF ME AND LOVES ME THRU IT ALL

I ALSO WANTED TO THANK A SPECIAL YOUNG MAN WHO DRAWS PICTURES FOR ME AND IS PRAYING FOR ME - THANK YOU ANDREW ORMSBY

MOST IMPORTANTLY I WANT TO THANK MY LORD AND SAVIOR IN THIS TRIAL AS I KNOW HIS PLAN IS TRUE AND WHATEVER MAY COME HE HAS LAID IT BEFORE US AND WE WILL SEE IT THROUGH EITHER HERE OR IN GLORY 

ON THIS THANKSGIVING SUNDAY I AM BLESSED TO HAVE HOPE IN HIM AND KNOW ALTHOUGH I CAN NOT BE PRESENT MY HEART IS WITH YOU ALL AND I PRAY ALWAYS FOR HIS WILL IN YOUR LIVES NO MATTER WHAT COMES

LOVE YOU ALL

KURT

A week gone from us but only the start of heavenly bliss!
February 26, 2020
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Daddy saw a victory with cancer in a heavenly healing last Wednesday night at 6:31pm. It was the hardest thing any of us have ever done and we are continuing to rely on God for His strength for the coming days. Please keep our family in your prayers as we deal with the grieving process. Below is a link for our fathers obituary. Thank you everyone for all your prayers, love and giving. We cannot say thank you enough for everything you have done and continue to do for our family. We have felt incredibly loved throughout the last year and it is helping to comfort our broken hearts right now especially. 


https://www.delkerterryfh.com/obituaries/Kurt-C-Hammond
 

Daddy's walking with Jesus
February 20, 2020
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Yesterday was the hardest day of our lives. We watched daddy rapidly decline the last couple weeks and even faster the past week. Daddy fought hard and even in his final moments here on earth he fought. Daddy was surrounded by his wife and four oldest children in his final moments. It was unbelievably hard but we know Jesus holds us in His hands and we pray for the comfort that only He can give. We are very thankful we know without a doubt that daddy will be waiting for us in heaven and that he is no longer in pain. Please pray for us as a family as we walk this road of grieving and healing. We miss our daddy and mom her husband terribly right now. He was truly the best dad/husband any of us could have asked for and then some. I will post more detailed funeral arrangements later along with the obituary. At this point we are planning calling hours for Saturday February 29th from 10am-1pm with the Memorial Service and Celebration of Life immediately following at Point Bible Church (formerly First Baptist Church of Whitney Point) in Whitney Point, NY.  

Thank you again for all that everyone has done for us and our family. Daddy was touched deeply by all of your messages, cards and prayers. We promised him we will take care of mommy and each other and that is what we will do.  

A two part update .....
February 17, 2020
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The last few days we have seen more bad days than good days and unfortunately that will continue. Daddy is struggling with apnea and it scares him when it happens. We talked with hospice again today and they have set up a plan for us to be able to medicate more in order to try and keep him more comfortable. The days are very long right now with daddy's needs increasing daily. He is surrounded by all his kids doing everything they can to help with all his care as well as trying to keep the house in order, all while trying to keep their own families in order. An urgent prayer request for us right now is for the sickness to leave this house. The kids have been cycling through the flu, colds, fevers, teething and general miserable dispositions which may also be cause from lack of sleep or maybe it's just our short fuses from lack of sleep too. Either way we are trying to keep emotions in check and for the most part are doing well with that. The hospice nurse today said that we would be blessed to have daddy here through the weekend. 

The other part of this update is to try and articulate our thankfulness for all of you and what you've done for our family. Because of all of you we've been able to focus on daddy and not grocery shop and prepare minimal meals. When you have 20-25 people for meals most of the day it becomes quite a chore to plan ahead as well as clean up. Last week the Marathon School District did a food drive and dropped off a trunk full of groceries. IItems that will be so helpful in keeping moms pantry stocked for a while. Between that and donations from other family members moms pantry is full right now and we are beyond thankful and in awe of how God is providing for needs we havent even expressed. Also the meals.. oh the meals!!!! Since we brought daddy home we have had messages upon messages asking what could be brought in for meals. To say thank you is an understatement of how we feel. Thank you so much for all the meals. It really helps us be able to focus all our attention on dad and his care as well as trying to savor the last moments God gives us with him on this earth. May you all be blessed and see the increase for your giving. 
In His Service,
- The Kurt Hammond Family

It's weird to wait...
February 14, 2020
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Wednesday night into Thursday was a rough night for daddy. Somehow he managed to get out of his chair while everyone was sleeping and he ended up falling. What would seem like a fairly quick thing to get taken care of - when you factor in daddy's current physical condition it takes much more work to achieve getting him back to a safe position. It was understandably hard for my mother and sister to see daddy that way. Please continue to keep all of us in your prayers as it catches your breath seeing your loved one so helpless. Pray for daddy too - it is hard for him to rely on help for everything. He has accepted it however it isnt easy. Last night daddy had a good night and slept through the night which was good for him. This morning he battled with a bit of nausea and seems to have that under control with the meds from hospice. Daddy has enjoyed a visit from friends that ministered to daddy with music and also from a life long friend this afternoon. After doing our Bible reading this morning daddy looked like he was deep in thought and so I asked him what he was thinking about and he said oh nothing just weird to just wait ya know? I completely get it though. While I dont know exactly the feelings he is going through we all feel that oddness of waiting for dad's heavenly promotion. We've accepted and dad continues to say he is at peace with it but it is definitely very strange to be in a state of waiting. We are enjoying our precious moments together and serving our dad in every way we can right now. These moments are bitter sweet but even in the hard times we are thankful God has blessed us with a large family to all work together to lift each other up and for special moments with dad. 

 

Thank you for giving!!!!
February 12, 2020
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How can we say thank you enough? Thank you for giving to my parents and to our family. Your giving has touched my mom and dad in a way that cannot be expressed in the simple strokes of a keypad. We have been blown away today at how God is continuing to supply for the needs that will go on after daddy has graduated from this world to his heavenly home. Today has been a rather rough day for daddy. He is having some complications that he has had in the past with the chemo and it's making him very uncomfortable tonight. Many members of the family that live nearby have been in and out today to help care for daddy and other needs. Mom picked up some packets from hospice that will help them for each situation that comes up. Understandably, mom is having her moments where it is hard to breathe knowing that this is the last steps of life together and it isn't at all what we had hoped for in the end. The older children (the original 4) are helping to get things in order that are needing to be done for dads celebration of life which he has been very involved in planning. We are doing the crazy task of trying to sort through mountains and mountains of pictures and of course with that comes the reminiscing and the tears. Someone said to me the other day that when you lose someone to cancer you it's almost as if you lose them twice. While I was talking to my sister today about it she said she had also mentioned that to her husband last night that it is almost like grieving someone who hasn't even passed yet. This is cancer. Cancer takes so much from you. BUT it hasn't taken our love for each other away. It is hard though because we have all said that throughout this battle the cancer has taken daddy's smile away. That is what I find myself in tears about the most. Daddy's smile can light up a room from a mile away but this year it has been hard to find it. We see flashes of it now and again and usually it is when he is surrounded by his grandbabies who are the light of his world. We are planning on having most of us continue to come in and out to spend as much time as possible with dad in between his naps this weekend. Sunday we are planning on having a nice turkey dinner with our entire family and do a birthday cake to celebrate all the birthdays together at once. We aren't going to be celebrating with presents but with each other's PRESENCE. We hope that daddy will be having a good day that day and that it will be good food for his soul. Please pray that he has a better night tonight and that he would have a good couple days with his family this weekend. We hope to bring a little light to him this weekend with all the grandbabies around. 

In Christ's Love, 
The Kurt Hammond Family 

Home at last
February 12, 2020
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Monday night we were able to get daddy home from the hospital - released under hospice care. We are so very thankful for all those that had a part in helping us to make that move possible and as pain free as possible. We are thankful to have dad back home where he belongs and where his family can gather around him. Hospice came in today and has set dad up with oxygen to help him breathe better and we just continue to take this one day at a time. Please continue to pray for all the caregivers and the grandchildren especially. This is hard on all of us but it's so hard for the little ones to see their papa so ill. Please also pray for daddy. While he is at peace with knowing that he will meet his Savior soon he struggles in seeing the ones he'll leave behind. Thank you so very much for all your donations to help alleviate some of the financial burdens for mom when daddy is gone. It is so comforting to dad to know that people have come alongside to uphold the ones he loves most in prayer and other ways.
Thank you again -
The Kurt Hammond Family

Update #5
February 9, 2020
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The last couple days have been pretty hard on dad. The doctors and nurses are trying to get his pain meds balanced and the side effects have really taken a toll. Please pray that they can get it figured out and that dad would not suffer from anymore ill effects from it. Our hope and prayer is to be able to bring daddy home Monday if the doctors will release him into hospice care. We need him to be set with his pain management first in order to go as well as rule out infection in his body which they have been unable to do yet due to side effects of the pain medications. A few of us have been able to make the trip up to Buffalo to spend a few hours here and there helping to care for daddy by taking shifts for mom, foot rubs, food orders and just being present with daddy. We are blessed to have so many siblings that are all willing to work together to get things done in order to allow mom to be where she needs to be and also to make sure the younger siblings can go about life as normal as possible given the current situation. Please pray with us that we can get the go ahead to bring daddy home very soon. 

- The Hammond Family 

Update #4
August 15, 2019
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Been a while since I've had a chance to update. Too long but here is the quick version of the update!
Dad has received a few more chemo treatments since the last update. He is working hard at trying to stay hydrated as well as increasing his iron intake as much as physically possible to continue to keep his levels at a healthy level so that he can get the chemo treatments each week. 
Towards the end of July mom and dad went on a trip together down to see Jesus at Sight n Sound theatre and spent some quality time together exploring Hershey. Dad was extremely weak that particular week and not feeling the best due to having pneumonia. Thankfully he is better from that now. It made their little getaway a little less "fun" but they still managed to spend time alone together and I feel it was good for them to have that. 
Unbeknownst to dad, whilst they were off galavanting there was a crew of people at their home "flipping" some much needed areas that have been needing attention for a while now. Our family is so very thankful for all the generous people that helped in all ways to make that happen. Daddy was certainly surprised and I know it is a small weight off his shoulders right now that he can stop worrying about. 
After the big reveal mom and dad had to go to Buffalo for another visit to Roswell. He had new scans which revealed the mass is indeed still growing and what appears to be a new mass in the liver. They talked to dad about having a port put in to help make chemo days easier (he had been having to have them try 3 times to get a successful vein many times) and also to change his chemo regimen. Dad was understandably nervous and unsure about it all and didnt really agree to much there. Following that he saw the oncologist in Syracuse who told dad it was necessary and we needed to do it asap. So, dad is now on an increased dose of the chemo he was on as well as another chemo added. He also just had his port put in this week. Again the day of the procedure was very nerve wracking for dad and we prayed him through it. Dad came out just fine and we are so thankful for a quick and successful round of chemo this week. At this point it seems dad will get just the one dose of chemo the 1st week which is the one he started on but it will be a double dose compared to what he was on in the beginning. Then week 2 he will have the double dose chemo and the other chemo together. Week 3 we understand should be a week off then repeat the weeks 1-3. This new regimen does seem to be affecting daddy differently and he is taking roughly 3-4 days to bounce back from it. We continue to covet your prayers for dad for this chemo to start to kill this cancer and for strength for dad each day. Please continue to pray for mom and our entire family as we try to navigate everything especially with school getting ready to start back up again for the youngest Hammond kids. 

Update #3
June 17, 2019
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Kurt went to week 3 of Chemo and found out due to his platelets being so low he will have to skip a week. He also is struggling with iron so he may have to start iron through IV if necessary. He has also developed the mouth sores that can be bothersome and inhibit food consumption. But we are on top of it early to try and lessen it. 
He spent Father's Day at home and enjoyed time with family missing those who couldn't be here! Prayers that his platelets come up so chemo can resume, and his iron starts to improve. Thank you for your love and support and most of all for your prayers!
 

Update #2
June 12, 2019
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Daddy is on the porch under shade that has been graciously donated. 
His appetite is growing since his second dose of chemo and his cough is lessening. Good signs that the suspected metastasis to the liver and mass there is related. But the fact that it is possibly shrinking and not pushing on his diaphragm is an option

June 3rd - HAPPY 64TH BIRTHDAY DADDY
June 3, 2019
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Well dad's first dose of chemo happened Friday after a little trouble getting an IV started. They finally got it in and he was off and going. Dad and mom got home late Friday afternoon and daddy rested in the living room until he had some lasagna which he was anxiously anticipating. Dad did find out that with the new medicine regimen he was put on he actually gained 4lbs in about 2 weeks and for that we were so thankful!! The weekend went about as well as could be expected given the fact he had chemo. Today was the roughest of the days so far. He did enjoy opening and reading all the cards from his birthday card shower and we are so thankful for all our friends, family and acquaintances that sent him love by way of cards. It meant so much to him and mom said he really was surprised. Im sure it was the highlight of a very hard day for him. He also recieved some new Yankees garb for his birthday since his old stuff either had holes in it or is too big now. We asked him what he wanted and aside from "a cure" he simply said a couple new Yankees shirts would do. He wore one of his shirts from all his kids and grandkids to his first treatment - Pinstripe Pride! We will continue to update this page with information to keep you all informed of how things are going. After 3 weeks they are hoping to do an ultrasound to see if this particular chemo is doing its job. If it isnt the right one then they will have to switch it up. Please pray for strength for dad and the whole family as they help care for him. Pray for this to indeed be the right chemo and that it would start to shrink to sarcoma. And lastly, pray that dad can stay strong enough that they can "hit it with the harder stuff." This will be a long road but we know God is holding daddy in His hands and we know He has a perfect plan for daddy no matter what tomorrow holds. Thank you so much for making his birthday a wonderful day of love!!
 

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