Butler County Times Gazette
  • Community makes wish come true for Shearburn

  • This week everything changed for Brad Shearburn and his family. Shearburn, who lives in El Dorado, was diagnosed with colon cancer and told it had spread to his liver.
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  • This week everything changed for Brad Shearburn and his family. Shearburn, who lives in El Dorado, was diagnosed with colon cancer and told it had spread to his liver.
    "He went to the doctor on Aug. 4 and had some blood work done," Kirbie Shearburn, Brad's daughter, said.
    Those results came back high and he was sent for a CT scan where they found a mass on his liver. After that he was sent to a specialist for an MRI and on Monday had a procedure done during which they found he has stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized into his liver.
    "He basically has colon and liver cancer," Kirbie said. "We saw the oncologist on Wednesday and his options are very limited due to the poor functioning of his liver. Chemo is going to be very dangerous for him to do, but at this point it's our only option."
    They were told he has two months to live and low dose chemo is the only option.
    Kirbie wanted to do something special for her father.
    "I asked him what he wanted to do that we could accomplish over the weekend because frankly after Tuesday we don't know," she said. "The doctors said it could kill him."
    Brad told Kirbie he wanted to play golf with his brother, something she was able to do for him, and go watch the Royals Play. The problem was the Royals are in Texas this weekend. Desperate to fulfill her father's wish, Kirbie set up a donation page on gofundme.com asking for help to make this wish a reality.
    In just 19 hours, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, the site had been shared 425 times and 80 people had donated $3,470.
    "The loving support we have gotten from current El Dorado residents, past El Dorado residents and classmates that live all over the United States now has been wonderful and a blessing to us," she said.
    While originally, Kirbie was trying to find a way to take herself and her father to Texas, because of the support now her older and younger brothers also area able to go.
    "It means everything," Kirbie said. "It's not like he asked to go to Europe or anything. He just wants to go watch a baseball game. I knew I had to make it happen no matter what I had to do. Originally it was going to be me and him going and now it will be a memory that we will all be able to make together.
    "I would just like to thank everybody: the community, friends, family, former Jaycees. I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot."
    Page 2 of 2 - When Brad returns from Texas, he will start his treatments. The doctor has told them he will feel the side effects of chemo 10 times worse than a regular patient and he may not even go home that evening.
    Anyone who wants to donate can do so at http://www.gofundme.com/db4ooc.

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