Claremore Daily Progress

November 29, 2012

Share the Spirit continues to help families

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Robin and her husband Roy (not their real names) have always enjoyed a relatively peaceful life.

Roy had a good job which allowed Robin to be a homemaker. Their three active children were the main focus of their attention and the family loved spending time together fishing, four-wheeling and enjoying the great outdoors.
But life as they knew it changed drastically in June when Roy, who is only in his late 30s, was diagnosed with cancer.
“He’s always been the breadwinner, the provider for our family,” Robin said. “He’s used to working five to seven days a week. He’s never been one to stay cooped up in the house; he’s used to working. Now, going through treatment, he has not been able to. It’s been hard on him mentally and emotionally — as well as physically.”
Roy recently completed radiation and will undergo another test in a few days to see if the cancer is gone.
“The doctor didn’t seem entirely optimistic that the radiation had gotten rid of it completely,” Robin said. “We’ll know for sure after the PET scan, but he said we should be prepared to start chemo.”
Since the diagnosis, the family has moved in with Roy’s mother to share resources and support.
“We’ve always been the people who give; we’ve never asked, but things can change so quickly,” Robin said. “It’s rough, but we just take it one day at a time. I just stay positive and pray. It’s been a long road.”
This Christmas, the family will receive a food basket from Share the Spirit.
Share the Spirit is raising funds to provide baskets to hundreds of Rogers County families like Robin and Roy’s who need a little extra help this Christmas.
While the Rogers County Department of Human Services takes applications for the baskets, applicants need not be on any form of welfare or assistance. Many of those receiving the baskets are those who have come upon hard times.
Sign-ups continue through Dec. 7 at the DHS office, 2020 Holly Road in Claremore.
A total of $22,000 needs to be raised. Food will be distributed Friday, Dec. 21.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or left at the Progress office. 
Non perishable items are being collected at the Progress as well as local businesses and schools.
“I personally — and my husband — we both are very, very grateful to those who donate to this and other community causes,” Robin said. “The donations do help those who need it.”