POST SICK CALL
Chaplain's Sick Call
Wayne Games & Della
Wayne Games and his Service Dog Della both have cancer. Wayne is an Iraq veteran and was with the 101st airborne. Both are members of our Post Family and are currently going through treatment. Please keep Wayne and Della in your prayers. Below is a short Bio on Wayne and Della.
Mr. Games is an Army Veteran who faithfully served his country for 20 years. He is now 100% medically disabled. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called “Waldenstrom’s Disease”, a form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that, at this present time, is incurable. He had gone through three rounds of chemotherapy, which help to keep the symptoms of the decease subdued as long as possible, and two rounds of dialysis, because of the decreased kidney function.
In addition to dealing with an incurable cancer, Mr. Games was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, due to his long service in the Army. In October 2014, Dogs for Warriors paired Mr. Games with “Della”, a year old boxer. Since the two were paired, “Della” has given Wayne his life back! He is now able to be more social and physically active, attending American Legion Post 281, Gloucester Township events, meeting with other local veterans and going on long walks with “Della”. She has also helped him to participate in events planned by the Wounded Warriors Project, including being a guest of honor at a recent Rutgers football game.
In addition to helping him cope with PTSD, Della has been a huge comfort to Wayne as he has endured chemotherapy treatments, literally lying across his body, bringing him a sense of peace and protection. Della has become a huge part of his life and he would really not be able to deal with everyday life without her. Now, Della is facing her own medical crisis. She has been diagnosed with a form of Lymphoma as well. Due to Wayne being disabled, money is very tight and he is not able to afford the diagnostics and possible treatments that the veterinarians are recommending.
After reaching out to several places, a technician contacted the Red Bank Veterinarian Hospital in Cherry Hill and spoke with Oncologist, Dr. Jackson, to obtain cost estimates for diagnostics and treatment. After reviewing Della’s case, and reading a short biography written by the technician describing Wayne Games plight, Dr. Jackson and the staff at RBVH Cherry Hill have decided that in light of Wayne Games’ 20 faithful years of service to our country, they will be providing Della’s diagnostics and chemotherapy treatments free of cost!
We would like to thank the Red Bank Veterinarians Hospital in Cherry Hill and Dr. Jackson and his staff, and of course Wayne Games for his years of dedicated service! Wayne and Della are a very big part of our Legion Family and we are happy they are here with us. Thank you to all of you for your help!