Foundation pays for local cancer patient's surgery

DENISON, TX - Each year about 8,500 men nationwide will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 350 of them will die from the disease.

Aron Bolden and his wife Carly live in Sherman with their two young girls and are expecting a third daughter.

On May 7th they got the devastating news that Aron was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Unsure where to go or what to do, a local foundation stepped up for the family in a big way.

"I didn't know what was going to happen. It was really scary," said Carly Cherry, wife of Aron Bolden.

Carly Cherry and Aron Bolden got the scare of their life a few months ago after a doctor visit.

"There was a lump on my right side and I was okay. She kind of lost it. It was something I never heard of before, until I was diagnosed with testicular cancer," said Bolden, a cancer patient.

With no health insurance, Aron and Carly didn't know how they would be able to pay for treatments to battle the disease.

"It's something that you don't think you or your family will ever go through and its just really tough," said Bolden

So Carly set up a "go fund me" account for Aron's medical care. Within weeks their prayers were answered by a local foundation.

"The first one that popped up was Aron's picture and it was Carly clinging for help," said Rhonda Kohles, founder of the Robert D. Jones foundation.

The Robert D. Jones Foundation, Families and Firefighters Against Testicular Cancer, was set up by Rhonda Kohles after her son, Robert Jones, died from testicular cancer in 2011.

Now the foundation is taking several thousand dollars they've collected through fundraisers to pay for Aron's surgery, and hopefully, save his life.

"It was a little skeptical at first with all the walls that we've hit and it's just unbelievable. I can't even put it into words how it makes me feel," said Bolden.

Rhonda says it's not only about saving one life but many others as well.

"Aron's got two and Carly is expecting another baby. I don't want children to have to go without their fathers. This is such a treatable cancer, so that's why I do it," said Kohles.


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