But family needs community's support to meet other expenses
VANCOUVER - Tina (Kapron) Hall began her battle with cancer when she was a 10-year-old living in Grays River. After a 34-year struggle with the disease, she needs help. In February of this year, doctors found that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned.
Hall began radiation treatment but a scan revealed cancer had spread to her pelvis, lungs, arms, and neck. When chemotherapy was started, her kidneys and liver began acting up, as well. By August, her weight had plummeted to 63 pounds and Tina was hospitalized.
Almost miraculously on Sept. 3, another scan showed all of her tumors were gone. In order for Hall to lead a relatively healthy life, a bone marrow transplant was prescribed. Fortunately, her brother, Clark Kapron, matched as a potential donor. Final tests on Oct. 25 will determine if the transplant is a "go." In the meantime, Hall continues to receive both radiation and chemo treatments at Oregon Health Science University in Portland.
Following the transplant Hall will need to either have a caregiver at home or be hospitalized for three months as she recovers. Eventually, surgery to repair two valves in her heart and a hip replacement will also be needed.
Insurance will cover most of the bone marrow transplant costs; however, the expense of travel and of the subsequent care will place a significant monetary burden on an already-stressed family.
Her husband Van and Tina would appreciate prayers, cards, and financial assistance.
To donate, a fund has been set up at any branch of Washington Mutual Bank. Checks may be sent to Tina Hall's home branch at 13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash. 98665. A fund at The Bank of the Pacific is also in place and a candle and gift fund-raiser at the Naselle branch is in full swing for those who want to help.
Tina was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease at age 10 and her weight dropped to 40 pounds during radiation treatment. She recovered well enough to graduate from Naselle High School in 1978, even playing badminton and volleyball. In 1987, the Hodgkin's returned and was held in check with chemo. By 1995, the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma reared its ugly head for Tina. Once more, chemotherapy suppressed the cancer until it was again discovered in 2004.
For a lady who has battled cancer for most of her life, a little help at this stage could make all the difference.