I have never had the misfortune of having to send an email like this, so bear with me.

Last year my best friend of @ 18 years Brett Hughes was diagnosed with Melanoma at the age of 34 years. This is skin cancer and is one of the worst forms of cancer there is. The doctors removed tumors and lymph nodes and after further testing it was believed to have been in remission. After several months Brett noticed a lump forming on his right shoulder. Brett works as a carpenter and could not afford to carry medical benefits. Needless to say it was several months before he heard of a program through Wishard Hospital that offers benefits for people who can’t afford benefits. He qualified for this program on June 22, 2007. The following Monday he went to get, what was now 2 lumps, checked out. The next day he received the call. Brett’s cancer has reached stage 4, which is the final stage. He has multiple tumors throughout his entire body. The doctors have given him 4 months to 1 year to live. He is the only source of income for his family. He has always been the rock in his family and they will be lost without him. He also currently supports his handicapped mother who lives with him. Brett went back to work 3 weeks after his first surgery regardless of the pain and has worked through the pain all the way up to his hospital visit. He is one of the greatest men I have ever known. I will be there with him until the end, but my limited resources can’t hope to meet the financial needs that this family will face. They risk losing their house and everything Brett has worked so hard to achieve.

The feeling of helplessness has overcome me. So I ask you now for help. If your receiving this letter there is a reason. You can make a difference. This man is fighting for his life and the only thing he can think about is what will happen to his family. If each of us does what we can maybe we can ease the burden that is already enormous for this family. If there is any way you can help financially or in prayer, or any other way, please reply to this email. My hope is that you will search your heart. If you have ever been blessed in your life this is your chance to give back!

Brett is my brother and I love him very much. He is loyal, forgiving and compassionate for other people. He stands for what’s right and good. If ever there was a person who deserved our help, it’s Brett. If there is anything I can do for you in return, consider it done. I know that you will do the right thing. Rest assured we will be fighting this to the end!

If there is any additional information you will need to make a donation or for any reason, please contact me A.S.A.P. Help may be offered directly or through me. If you would like to send something directly to the family, let me know and I will give you the address.

We will be setting up a bank account for the Hughes Family Fund in the near future for those of you who do not feel comfortable donating to an individual. Contact me and I will get you the info you need.

Please forward this to as many people as you can.

Best hopes and regards,

Timothy G. Messersmith II

Email address – hughesfamilyfund@yahoo.com

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