LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)- An Army veteran in Littleton is struggling with an incurable form of cancer. But the right treatment could improve his quality of life. When high school friends heard about Frank Hamblen’s plight, they rushed to his side.
“It’s very difficult to even do the small things you like to do, it’s difficult to even sit down and read a book to your son or your daughter at night..can’t even do that,” said Hamblen.READ MORE: Lane Closures Planned Near I-25 North Express Lane Project
Hamblen was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer of the liver in August 2010.
“His liver is consumed with hundreds of tumors which have taken over his liver, inoperable tumors,” said Frank’s wife, Jennifer. “He’s in pain literally every day because his liver is probably twice to three times the size it should be.”
When Hamblen’s friends from high school heard about the cancer, they organized a fundraiser to raise money. That money will pay for treatments which will hopefully shrink the tumors. The cancer is incurable, but the treatment could help him live a more normal life.
“He’ll hopefully be able to go back to work some day, he’ll be able to take care of the kids by himself he can’t even do that right now,” said Jennifer.
“You have to pick what you eat, you can’t exercise. Fatigue comes into play a lot. It’s just emotionally draining when you try to do things you used to do in the past that you can’t do now,” said Hamblen.
Having their friends by their side is already making the difference, helping with the daily stress.MORE NEWS: Female Bicyclist Killed By Car In Lakewood, Driver Arrested For Impaired Driving
A fundraiser to help veteran Frank Hamblen get treatment for liver cancer is Saturday, May 28, at the Englewood Presbyterian Church, 3500 S. Logan. The fundraiser will be 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and includes a craft sale and silent auction.