To The Barkann Healing Hearts Family,
Just want to say thank you for caring enough to bring a little sunshine into Larry Riley’s Life. He is a 67 year old Army Veteran that was diagnosed with throat cancer 1 month ago.
He had to have a feeding tube put in as he is unable to eat normally and has lost over 20 pounds. He needs his weight built back up so his body can withstand the upcoming chemo and radiation he will have to endure.
He has to make the decision to either have his voice box taken completely out then radiation and chemo with only a 50/50 of it being successful or not having the surgery and taking chemo and radiation and his chances of success are even slimmer.
He wanted to go to Fox Chase to get a second opinion, but the Veterans Administration denied it and said the second opinion would have to be within their network and they wouldn’t approve or pay for him to have a second opinion.
I took a chance by emailing you for these tickets. I was really surprised that your response was so quick. Mike, you have been friendly and very helpful.
Larry loves and supports all Philadelphia teams and LOVES all sports. Our living room is a shrine. I wanted to do something special for him to help lift his spirits and let him get out of this major life crisis he is facing, even if its only for a couple of hours. He loves the Sixers and has been supporting them for years.
I thought it only appropriate, to at least try to get him tix for this important game as this could be his last season being here with us to watch them. What an awesome experience it will be for him to be in the arena when the Sixers take the Playoffs.
I just wanted to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for all you are doing for Larry. My brother in law, Fred Ferrell will be going with Larry and he is equally excited.
Larry’s spirits are very high today, just with the anticipation of attending tomorrow nights game and its all because of you. Thank you Mike and the Barkann Foundation.
I cant tell you how much this means to me, to be able to bring some happiness in Larry’s life. Its nice to know that there actually are still kind people in this cruel world that care about others. You are truly appreciated.
Carolyn F. Bonelli