I am writing this
letter with a heavy heart, my longtime employee and close family friend
Doug Poffenberger has been suddenly stricken with a terminal form of a
rare blood cancer (Multiple Myeloma, Stage 3). This disease has hit hard
and fast and as in most cases it has been and will continue to be a huge
financial burden on Doug and his family.
Doug and his family
are facing a 250 mile round trip to the hospital per visit for 2 years
while they fight this disease.
They are telling
Doug that he will be placed in the hospital for multiple visits of 6 to
15 days and at
least 2 - 30 day visits for stem cell replacement. This means his wife,
Heather will have huge costs in lodging and travel expenses as well as
daily food expense on the road. At the same time Heather is losing most
of her income while she travels with and spends time with her husband.
Doug is 41 years old
and was just diagnosed with this disease; Doug and Heather have a 10
year old daughter, Emma and 2 boys Justin & Ian actively serving in our U.S.
Military; Ashton a 13 year old stepson and Acelyn a 12 year old
stepdaughter.. Doug is a great guy with a good soul and a great attitude in
life and has always been a hard worker and devoted to supporting his
family by working hard for me daily so he could do just that.
We at Tom Harris
Auctions are asking for your support!
Doug and his family need thousands of dollars today, and many
more thousands in the future so they can have money to live on. They
will need money to cover daily expenses, Doctor & hospital bills,
medicine, travel and living expenses, and house payments. Last year they
put all they had into buying their first home and the mortgage goes on
in spite of Doug having no income. .
Please, if you can
find it in your heart we are asking you to please write us a check. We
need to raise thousands of dollars to be able to even put a dent in this
situation. Please give what you can, we appreciate anything you can do
Another option and
opportunity to help our friend Doug is to donate items for us to sell in
an upcoming auction which all proceeds from your item(s) will go to Doug
and his family. For example, I, Tom Harris am going to donate some
clocks, dolls and other items to sell in the auction with the proceeds
all being given to Doug and Heather. If you wish, you could send us a
lamp, toy, clock, watch or anything to sell in an auction and I will
pay for all marketing and give 100% to the cause.
We need fast action,
Doug is in big trouble. Please send as much as you can afford to this
cause to Tom Harris Auctions or call Tom or his staff to discuss your
donation of antiques or collectibles to this truly worthy cause. Doug is
Good People! And good people sometimes need good people to help them out
of horrible situations.
I hope I have not
offended anyone by writing this letter and reaching out to my friends
and customers, but I know most Antiquers are good people too; and good
people have to stick together.
All and any
donations are greatly appreciated and if you want to send Doug a card
send it here and we will get it to him. I am sure he will appreciate
your thoughts and best wishes. Thank You for your Support!
Tom Harris, Tom
Please make all checks payable to Heather
And send to Tom
Harris Auctions, 203 S 18th Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158
tabs on how Doug is doing at www.facebook.com/helpdougpoffenberger!