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Family asks for help with medical bills

Community effort — After prostatectomy, deaf advocate Rodney Kerber is faced with medical costs and reaches out for financial assistance


A local man is on the mend after some serious surgery and his family has looked to the community for help in paying his medical costs.

Rodney Kerber moved to Newberg 10 years ago and his family followed a few years later.Kerber

Since losing his hearing when he was 10 years old, Kerber, now 70, has been active in supporting the deaf community as an advocate for the American Deaf Association and the Lions organization that helps the blind and hearing-impaired.

He’s worked in a couple of capacities at Camp Taloalim, a summer camp near Stayton for deaf and hearing-impaired young people, and once started his own deaf bowling league.

In June, Kerber found out he had prostate cancer. A few biopsies and additional tests and within a week doctors confirmed the cancer was stage four.

On Nov. 23 Kerber underwent the six-hour surgery process, a prostatectomy that also included lymph node removal. After a two-day recovery process he was released.

Nearly a week went by and then at the end of November the hospital called and told the family Kerber’s tests indicated he was now cancer free.

But although the surgery was successful, Kerber is faced with a 20-percent copay on the $40,000 procedure. As he is getting by on Social Security for the time being, his granddaughter, Samantha Bye, set up a fundraising page to help him foot the bill.

“I’m very concerned about how he’s going to stay afloat whilst being in debt with his newly accrued medical bills,” Bye wrote on the GoFundMe page. “It would mean the world to me, my grandfather, and my entire family if our community could come together for this wonderful, hard-working man like I’ve seen us all do time and time again.”

The campaign has a goal of raising $3,000 to assist with the costs.

To view the GoFundMe campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/rodsprostatectomy.

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