It was supposed to be the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and dreaming. I had just completed the 3,000 mile journey across the country to continue a new job in South Lake Tahoe.
I remember as I crested spooner Lake Summit, into Tahoe with the vast Sierra Nevada pulled taught out in front of me, I couldn’t help but feel like my family had finally found a home.
This arrival day was ever more important because my beautiful wife, Amy, and three amazing daughters, Madelyn age 9, and twin girls, Alison and Hannah age 5, would be landing at the Reno Airport to join me.
We had a gorgeous cabin style home in Meyers, California waiting for us, and I would be continuing on as the new Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA).
The SNA job was a once in a lifetime opportunity for an environmental advocate and conservationist like myself. The fact that it was in my beloved Sierra Nevada made it seem even more incredible.
This was supposed to be our “happily ever after,” but it soon became our worst nightmare.
Something wasn’t right. I couldn’t walk across the Reno Airport to meet my family without taking breaks and sitting at benches. I’d been battling a terrible cough and swelling in my feet during the long drive in the moving truck and something was just “off.”
My wife Amy insisted that I go straight to the hospital. Immediately the doctor found what she described as a “rip-roaring” pneumonia, but that was just the begining. Upon further testing, I was also diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to my liver. If I accept no treatment or chemo at all I have about six months to live. I’m told with aggressive radiation and chemo I could possibly give myself a few more years.
But those of you who know me, know i’m a fighter. This blog is about that fight. We the Ross family need resources, help, and your helpful wishes and prayers. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! The two most important things people can do is make a donation at FierceHope.com and/or sign up for my family updates on that same page.
thank you all