Hi everyone, Just wanted to update everyone on Donna's fight with Leukemia. Well Sloan had to stop the trial medication because she was having to many side affects, and can not do chemo because she reached her limit. So at this point they only have her back on medication to try to shrink her spleen again, because it was so enlarged. Now her stomach is filling with fluids which is very uncomfortable, and we do not know y yet. They can not drain her stomach because her platelets r to low.
She is in a lot of pain because she still needs a total hip replacement, but can not get it because she is way to weak and her bloods r not stable. This is so frustrating!!! But we r all still hopeful, God is good!!!!! Also Funds r low, due to many bills, so if u can find it in your heart to donate anything at all, we would truly appreciate it, and as always please continue to keep Donna in your prayers they r just as important. Thanks again to everyone who has been there for Donna, whether with a donation, a phone call or prayers.
You are all amazing and we love you for being there!!!!!!
Ther Ricker Family oxox
And so Donna's saga continues. She is still in the hospital up in Monticello for about a month now. First they had her on her death bed, she caught a terrible infection, and because of the infection she can not be moved to Sloan because she needs a private room and now, they screwed up with paper work having on her way out, and the insurance company is not authorizing rehab. It has been one obstacle after another. She is a tough cookie, but how much can one person take?? She has been through more then you can imagine. And so I ask again, please help us continue to support Donna in her fight with this horrible disease.
Please continue to keep her in your prayers, share this site with your friends, What ever you can do big or small, we truly appreciate anything.
Thank you all, for all your love and support.
Denise and family
It's been a long time since I last posted anything, and Donna's battle with leukemia rages on. .Since my last post Donna has been going through a lot. In and out of the hospital, blood transfusions,as well as other medical problems..She is also on a new experiential medication. We don't know if it is working yet as she has only been on it a few weeks but we r hopeful.. Yesterday Donna was rushed to the hospital again, and we r waiting for dr.s to let us know what is going on. Donna is getting very tired and we r all trying to convince her to keep fighting and stay positive. Between the stress of her sickness and all her expenses it been really hard. The money we raised from All your wonderful donations last yr. has dwindled down So again we regretfully ask for donations to help Donna with her battle. As always it does not matter the amount of your donation, every dollar counts. We appreciate anything including your prayers. as prayers are just as important. ...
Thank u from the bottom of our hearts.
The Ricker Family.
As 2014 begins Donna's fight with Leukemia continues. She still has a very long road ahead of her on her journey to a hopeful complete recovery. The hardest part has yet to come. She has been so amazed to see how so many of you are sending prayers and to all who have generously donated to her fight however big or small. And since she still needs to keep fighting, I ask to please donate if you haven't already. It may seem like we have collected a lot of money, but it is going down, as this is paying for her insurance and doctor bills that continue to mount, especially since her oncologist does not take her insurance. Please find it in your heart to donate something a dollar 2 dollars it doesn't matter it all counts, and we are grateful. If you can't donate we truly understand that times are tough, Please keep Donna in your prayers and share this sight on your page email however you can share it, its just as important. Thanks again, for all your love, prayers, and support.
Thank you to those who have recently Donated. Donna is completely overwhelmed by all of your generosity. She can not thank you enough. She feels so blessed. She hasn't been feeling well at all the last couple of weeks, receiving blood and platlet transfusions 2-3 times a week as well as feeling weak and in a lot of pain. But with all your prayers, love, and support she continues to stay positive.
Once again I ask please share Donna's site, please donate, no donation is to small and please continue to keep Donna in your prayers. Thank you, and God bless!
Today Donna was at the hospital getting blood and platelet transfusions. This happens 2 - 3 times a week after she receives chemo. This is Donna's norm until she receives a bone marrow transplant. I urge my friends and family to please donate, so that Donna may get the transplant she needs, and this will no longer have be her norm. I know the holidays are approaching and times are tough but, as I have said before, 1 dollar,2 dollars, 5 dollars anything you can afford is truly appreciated and counts. Of course if you can not afford to donate your daily prayers are just as important to us and also appreciated. Once thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, and please continue to share this site.
Once again Donna has asked me to thank everyone for all the generous donations, love, and prayers. Words can not express the gratitude Donna feels, as well as the rest of our family.
This was rough week for Donna, she was in a lot of pain, and we were all worried about results of an MRI she had earlier in the week. I asked everyone for extra prayers, and so many of you sent them out and WHALA, the results were ok. The power of prayer is amazing, as are everyone of you, thank you all so much.
Also, it has been brought to my attention by a few people who donated, there donations did not go through. Please make sure your name is on the donation list, if you do not see your name on the list please email me, as I get an email every time a donation is made. If your donation did not go through please try again, and make sure you wait for the confirmation at the end. It may take a few minutes but please be patient. Please donate what ever you can, as I said before I know times are tough but no donation is too small, every penny counts!!!! For those who can not donate we understand, but please continue to pray and share this site. We appreciate what ever you can do to help. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts
Just want to send out a quick thank you to everyone who has donated recently. Donna is so grateful. As r the rest of our family. Also I have been told by a few people they were a little uncomfortable donating, that they weren't sure if the site is secure or legit. It is a real fund site. Also its not just about the donations, if u can not donate we understand, times r tough, but u can also help by sharing this site and by prayer. Whatever u can do is truly appreciated.
This is a family photo, Donna is on the far right. In February, 2013, Donna was diagnosed with acute leukemia and fibrosis, she was informed that she needs a bone marrow transplant. Her siblings have all been tested and sadly are not a match. She has been out of work since being diagnosed with this dreadful disease. She has been hospitalized multiple times and has been receiving chemo therapy and numerous blood transfusions, which will eventually start affecting her organs and possibly cause them to shut down. Her health insurance expired on June 28th. She applied for Medicaid in June and was recently accepted with a large monthly spend down. She is living on a fixed income, barely able to buy groceries while trying to afford her other expenses, which includes, gas for transportation for multiple trips to and from the hospital for chemo, transfusions and doctor appointments. Her medical bills are piling up and collection agencies are calling. She struggles to survive on a day to day basis. The costs of treatment for leukemia are exorbitant and even with help from her family, our resources are not enough. Donna is an outstanding mother/grandmother and sister, she has given so much of herself to her family and those in need. She made many sacrifices to ensure that her children never did without. As a single parent, she worked two and three jobs to provide for her family. Donna has always been proud, never asking for a handout. We her family are reaching out to you for your financial support to help keep Donna alive. Your help will ensure that Donna receives the appropriate medical care and much needed bone marrow transplant. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
I am so sorry to hear of Donna's continued struggle with this hideous disease. I'm still sending prayers (especially to St. Jude) and my love to all of you. Please let Donna know she is in my heart and give her a big kiss for me. I only wish I could do more :(