Hi my name is Rich Hughes, I have the worlds greatest fiancé and 5 beautiful kids. Unfortunately though times have been very difficult and my oldest two children as we have had to move back to my Mom’s because I am currently battling cancer for a second time.
I was first diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma back in 2012. I spent my first month in the hospital to receive my first two chemo cycles. Finally after 9 months of chemo therapy I was in remission.
Before any of this happened, I was in perfect shape. I never drank or smoked. I was a volunteer firefighter in Bristol Borough and Bristol Township. In 2013, I was awarded full custody of my oldest two children. I moved them to the Poconos in hopes to have a better life.
Sadly though in October of 2016 I was rushed via ambulance to the hospital. I was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis that crossed by brain as well as my Spleen to bleed and into my stomach. That is also when I was diagnosed with Mantel Cell Lymphoma for a second time.
I was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator for a week.
For the last year I did traditional chemo for the cancer. Now I am on a pill called Imbruvica. The side effects of the pill are very nasty. It causes fevers, as well as thin blood and sever bone and joint and muscle pain. I have been hospitalized 3 times in the last month alone because of it. I am now facing eviction from my home that I have lived in for the last 3 years. I am terribly concerned about what to do for my children for Christmas.
Like I said before I had to send my oldest two back to live with my mom because of everything that is going on. I have my other son who is one of the three children that lives with me. He is 7 years old and non verbal autistic. He still requires diapers as well. So as you can see my life is very difficult at times.
In closing anything that can be done to help my family while I continue to go through this struggle during this upcoming holiday season would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much and God bless you all.
Madison: Anything Barbie, trolls, baby dolls, doll accessories, Disney DVDs (any kind), art supplies, coloring books, cheap android tablet, clothes size 6/7.
Jackson: He has autism so any kind of toddler toys that light up, sing, and move around he loves. He has a tablet so google play cards for new games are nice, anything Pete the cat, clothes size 7/8 boys.
Lillian: Anything paw patrol, baby dolls and barbies, doll accessories, anything nickelodeons Rugrats, any Nick Jr. DVDs, anything Peppa Pig, coloring books and crayons, clothes size 6/7.