Fundraiser under way to help cancer-stricken dad take family to Disneyland

Community's help sought to help pay medical bills, cost of Valentine's Day trip

A fundraiser is under way to fly cancer patient Geoff Haskell, 35, and his family to Disneyland Sunday on a four-day trip before he undergoes an extremely intensive round of chemotherapy later this month.

Haskill, formerly the youth pastor at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has now spread to his liver. He left his church position to begin a career in medical supply sales and was in that job less than six months when he was diagnosed with cancer. He also has been a volunteer chaplain with the Pleasanton Police Department and an assistant baseball coach at Foothill High School, where his wife Kendra is a tennis coach.


Mike Serrano, who is leading the fundraising effort, said Geoff and Kendra Haskell and their three children-- Kate, Matthew, and Emily--moved to Pleasanton five years ago. Kendra had been a teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary School until she lost her job last year.

"We thought it would be fun for us as friends of the Haskells to give the family their first trip to Disneyland, 'where dreams do come true' as a magical, fun-filled vacation before this next round of chemotherapy," Serrano said. "We are hoping to raise $4,200. The cost of the flight, hotel, transportation and passes is $3,200. The rest would go for food, fun and souvenirs."

All funds collected will go for the trip with any excess funds to be deposited into the Haskell Family Fund.

The members of Pleasanton Valley Club held a concert fundraiser with the Bell Brothers Band last summer to benefit the family and raised over $20,000 to help pay the cost of medical treatments, according to Deb Cilk of United California Brokers.

To contribute to the Haskells, a fund has been established at First Republic Bank on Main Street. Checks can be sent to:

First Republic Bank

249 Main St.

Pleasanton, CA 94566

C/O The Haskel Family Fund

account #80000380031

To contact the bank, call (925) 846-8811.

For more information, contact Mike Serrano at (925) 915-4835.

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Posted by McPleasanton
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

Is there an address where we can drop off checks or a bank account locally we can deposit directly to?

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

Please place this family in your prayers if you can not contribute. Although contributing anything would be a great thing to do....
Our church family will pray for this father's complete healing during this troubled time.
thank you for reading.

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Posted by Barb McKenzie
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thank you for your interest. The Haskells have touched so many in our community. Please make checks payable to:
Barb McKenzie
5754 Corte Libre
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Thank you,

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Posted by Mike Serrano
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

If you would like to contribute to this trip for the Haskells, please make your checks payable to: Barb McKenzie. Donations can be dropped off with:

Barb McKenzie - 5754 Corte Libre, Pleasanton, Ca. 94566
Mike Serrano - 4835 Golden Road, Pleasanton, Ca. 94566
Susan Holley - 1748 Paseo Del Cajon, Pleasanton, Ca. 94566

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Posted by Sympathetic
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I am sympathetic to this cause and would be willing to donate, but I am uncomfortable making a check out to individuals not directly related to the family. I would prefer to give directly to the Haskells or even better a bank with an account opened for the family.

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Posted by Mike Serrano
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 11, 2010 at 9:05 am


We have set up a bank account at First Republic on Main St. to benefit the Haskell's. You can send checks to:

First Republic Bank
249 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 846-8811
C/O The Haskel Family Fund
account #80000380031

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Posted by Peggy Shoemaker
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 10:31 am

We are very sad to hear of the troubled times that this great family is having. The Haskell Family is on the top of our prayer list. Have a great time at Disneyland. The Shoemaker Family

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Posted by Kristina
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

So sorry for the family, but many of us cannot make our house payments

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Posted by Shrenik
a resident of Siena
on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

It is sad. I pray god Swaminarayan for his speedy recovery.

Jai Swaminarayan

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