PG Holyfield Health Announcement

PG and Kim, July 2014

EDIT: P.G. passed away on August 20th, 2014. Thank you so much for the past and continued support. TheĀ Donation Page has been converted to a Trust Fund for his three daughters.

 

Beloved friends, family, and fans of P.G. (Patrick) Holyfield,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that PG was recently diagnosed with cancer. We apologize that you have to find out this way, but this has surprised us all.

Over the past two weeks he has had extensive testing at his local hospital, as well as another round of tests and confirming opinion from a second hospital.

What it comes down to is that there are no treatment options, primarily because the cancer has spread to his organs. It has moved silently and swiftly and only presented symptoms in the last month. The disease has already taken a heavy toll.

Sadly, communication is already very difficult for him, so if you have called, texted, emailed, PM’d, or reached out in any other way in the last few weeks and haven’t heard back, this is why. It’s not because he doesn’t want to, it’s that he cannot. Please take no offense.

Organ failure and the pain meds have made it hard to communicate as clearly as we’re all used to. He has been focusing on rest and nutrition to fight this battle, and now we focus on time. The brief time for PG to experience the width and breadth of all of the lives he has touched.

As ever, Patrick has his special lady friend Kim (as he likes to introduce her) as well as family and close friends helping him get through this. If you would like to see him, please contact Vivid Muse immediately to try and work out details. The sooner, the better, as we’re told.

If you would like to send a brief video or audio greeting, or an email message (all to choochus@gmail.com) we will make sure he hears and sees it. If not video, please include a picture we can show as we read it to him. These messages of support and hearing how much he has meant to people gives a huge lift.

We’re by his side for moral and physical support. We’ve set up a GoFundMe Page for donations to help defray the mountains of medical bills this sort of thing results in, and to help PG with the other expenses in comforting him and his family in the coming weeks. We’d appreciate you sharing the link far and wide, and donating if able.

With your help in spreading the word, we can rally more support around him. Your well wishes will greatly lift his spirits.

 

Sincerely,

Viv and Chooch

Questions and Answers

Q: What kind of cancer is it?
A: It is called Cholangiocarcinoma. As is common with this form of cancer, the exact location of origin is not known. It is aggressive and spreads quickly before symptoms are experienced.

Q: What “stage” is he at?
A: There hasn’t been an official designation, however, it is “late” stage. It has spread to his lymph nodes and organs, and is inoperable. Patrick went through one chemo treatment, but the disease did not respond as well as was hoped. His organs have begun to shut down. The doctors have been talking in days and weeks, rather than months and years.

Q: Where is he, can I send something?
A: Patrick is being cared for at home in Charlotte, North Carolina. In lieu of sending cards or flowers, please donate to his GoFundMe Page.

Q: How long has he been sick? This seems fast.
A: Extremely fast. Early in July Patrick began feeling “run down”, and shortly thereafter had some minor pain. He went in for a check up and the doctors initially thought he may have gall stones. After initial blood tests they knew there was something more serious. Two weeks ago they knew it was cancer and started more testing. Two days ago we learned there were no treatment options.

Q: Can I call him? How can I get in touch?
A: PG is currently unable to talk on the phone. You can send email or a Facebook message which we’ll read to him and show him your picture if we have one. Better yet, record a quick video or audio message! You can send a private YouTube or Dropbox link, Google Drive share, or attach to an email (to choochus@gmail.com).

Q: Is this a secret? Can I re-Tweet this or share it on Facebook or forward this to a friend?
A: Yes, please do! We want everybody that has read his stories, heard him on a podcast, or attended one of his convention panels to get the word. We feel that he could use all of the kind words and support possible.

Q: What can I do to help?
A: Send that encouraging video or message. Please share the donation link, shout it from the rooftops, and donate if you are able. Since we know posts get filtered, re-share in coming days to get the word out. Depending on your beliefs; sending prayers, positive thoughts, white light, good vibrations, noodly appendages, and rainbows are all greatly appreciated. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, he needs all the help he can get.

Q: Who the heck are you, anyway?
A: Viv and Chooch are friends of Patrick, as well as co-hosts on some of his podcasting and video endeavors. As parents, gamers, and dog lovers of similar age and interests, we’ve become very close over the past seven years. Our hope is to bring folks together in support of PG as quickly as possible.

21 Comments

  1. Thanks for letting everyone know, I'll pass on the word to people I know who listen to Beyond the Wall. And I'll get to work on a message to PG

  2. Steve Pritchard says:

    Tight hugs to all my podcasting family tonight. Spreading the word on Social Media, and channelling metric buttloads of white light to PG and family.

  3. This will be posting and talked about in the Monday GRD show. I just hope we can get though it with out crying.

  4. eli says:

    Oh, so very sad. Tell him every joke you can find.

  5. Nuchtchas says:

    you guys are awesome, thanks

  6. Ellen Pace says:

    Prayers and thoughts for Patrick and the family. I worked briefly with Patrick at Wells Fsrgo.

  7. Thomas says:

    my heart is breaking

  8. Anne-Marie Maino says:

    Thanks for putting this together for his friends. I had no idea that he was sick. I went to high school with Pat and live in his neighborhood now and I am pretty sure his two girls attend Cox Mill Elementary with my girls. I would love to drop by some food for his family if possible. Can you please contact me and let me know if this would be okay and when would be a good time to do so. I just saw him this spring at a field trip our girls went to with the school. Please tell him that I am thinking of him and will be happy to help in any way.

    Anne-Marie (Kingsland) Maino 704-904-0074 if you want to call me when I can stop by.

    Thanks so much!!! -amm

  9. Will says:

    Praying for all of you. I never got to meet or talk with PG, other thank a few times via FB, but he is an extremely talented and creative individual whose stories and podcasts gave me much pleasure.

  10. Emerian Rich says:

    This is devastating news. I hardly know PG, but he's always been kind to me. I'm sharing this in hopes his family will get what they need to move on financially, even though we know they will never be able to move on emotionally. Sending good thoughts for the family that it as painful as losing a loved one ought to be for them, but no more. Thankfully his legacy will live on in audio. And to PG, thank you for every kind thing you've said and done for us.

  11. Donna says:

    Prayers for peace as you pass through this life, knowing you were at the forefront of a new media movement and set the bar high for others. You brought happiness and entertainment to many but most important you brought two beautiful new souls into the world, and I wish them peace and send warm hugs to surround them.

  12. Brenda Brown says:

    I don’t know PG but I know his father, Ron. I have seen the anguish in his face and have prayed for strength for both PG and Ron. I will continue to keep them in my prayers and thoughts daily.

  13. Carla West says:

    Prayers for Patrick and his family. I work with him at Wachovia / Wells Fargo… He used to sit behind me at the CIC building on Harris Blvd. I know that he loves his girls so much ,.. there were pictures of them all over his desk and cube walls. I am saddened by this news and I pray for peace and Godspeed for him.

  14. Andy O'Sullivan says:

    Partick, we got to know you through Matt and Denise but but after a vacation together and spending time in the mountains together, you became part of our lives also. I am still amazed how you and Matt would play video games till the early hours and actually enjoy it. You have touched many lives and God will reward you for your actions. Our prayers and thoughts are always with you and the family.
    Love You!
    Semper Fi
    Andy and Bunny

  15. Stephen Arnold says:

    Much love to Patrick and loved ones.

  16. chaoservices says:

    Mr. Holyfield,
    Thank you very very much for your work. Your narration is superb, to me via Escape Pod, and your writing top notch, to me via Podiobooks.

    Thank you for casting yourself into the digital void. You effected me and others yesterday, today and for many many tomorrows. Your work is very appreciated. Thank you.

    Thank you Mr. Holyfield.

    Thank you family of.

    My thoughts are with you.

  17. Oh man. I did not know until just now. This is so sad. :( I’ll spread the word.

  18. patti Parker says:

    I am friends with Ron & Kay, and my son also has cancer, I have nothing but good thoughts and prayers for you Patti Parker. I have shared this with all my prayer warrior friends.

  19. Mary says:

    I knew Patrick from our days at Wachovia. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and prayers for inner strength and peace for Patrick. God bless you!

  20. Monica Howard says:

    Patrick… Thank you for allowing your light to shine in all that was most passionate to your in life. Keep smiling and rest in knowing that love is surrounding you in each and every moment.

    Gratitude to You.

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  21. Jamie Lockard says:

    I am a devoted listener and profoundly moved by your situation. I live in North Carolina as well an my wife came close to the end with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago. She reached a point of no hope yet lived. I ask you to always remember your obligations ancient and now. We are all here for but a moment. I do not know the name of God but I have felt. I shall listen for your voice

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