Support for Marnie
If you know Marnie, you know she is the most loving, caring and giving person who is always there for everyone. It is my hope to raise enough to cover her impending medical costs. Marnie is a full-time working mother and will be in the hospital with her husband at her side for some time. Their three small children are staying with our wonderful mother while they await test results. Whatever you can give would be so appreciated. Blessings to all and thank you in advance.
First, I’d like to let you know that Marnie and Bryan were able to take an amazing long weekend trip to Idaho to see some beautiful sights and head their favorite band play! I’m so happy they were able to just...be. The photos she sent us were amazing.
However, the news she sent today is as follows:
“Well things are not going too well here today. My CEA is up over 100, and my dr wants to possibly change things up. First step is a scan, then he will do another biopsy that will give him a better idea of gene mutations and all that. I may be going into some clinical trials and or immunotherapy. So crap. Kind of over this whole stupid cancer thing right now.”
We are all over it. I was able to chat with Marn a second ago. Lots of tear but lots of love.
Today I’m asking for nothing but prayer and positivity for all of us. Everything has been just... overwhelming. We all love that girl soooooo much. Pray for her, to keep her strength and fighting spirit. Pray for her sweet children. Pray for her husband. Pray for my parents and my sister and brother and me. It’s gets hard to stay positive and keep the faith, even though we know that’s what we all need to do at this time.
Let’s keep praying, above all, FOR A MIRACLE. Marnie is a light in this world to so many people.
With love and faith, MB.
A dear friend of mine from Lake Arrowhead is lovingly donating a 3 Night Stay at Granny Gert's Cabin in Lake Arrowhead, CA in hopes of raising money for Marnie and her family. Marnie, as you know, is still fighting like a rockstar as she battles Stage 4 Colon Cancer.
So here's how it will work... With a donation of ANY amount ($5.00 - $1000000.00) along with a short description of why you and/or your family deserve a get-a-way, you will be entered into the contest. I will personally review all entries and the person/family who I feel gave the best argument of why a get-a-way will be perfect for them will win the 3 Night Stay at Granny Gert's! Mind you, rooms here go from $400+ a night and the home sleeps up to 20! Please send all entries to email@example.com with the words MIRACLE FOR MARNIE as the subject. Also please include the amount you donated her GoFundMe campaing (the $amount will have no bearing on whom is chosen, only the reason why you feel you deserve a mountain get-a-way), your name and e-mail. I'm looking forward to reading each entry! This contest will run until Aug. 15th , 2018 and the winner will be notified by e-mail no later than Aug. 17th, 2018. The voucher is good until Oct. 1st, 2018.
Now for the important information. Marnie is doing well, considering. She was recently put on a new type of chemo which will cause her to undoubtedly lose her hair. I was able to visit with her a couple of weeks ago and saw just how horrible this new chemo is making her feel, but as always, she is still a light in a dark place. She has so much faith, and while her physical state is much more meek these days, she's still such a beautiful example of what it is to be a faithful fighter. Her kids are doing well, but they know that "mommy is sick." It is heartbreaking, but they have a loving support system by their sides at all times. Her husband Bryan continues to prove to be a stellar partner in life, accompanying her to nearly all chemo treatments and waits on her hand and foot. He's a gem of a human being. She's sick often these days and has more bad days than good, but she is living her life to the fullest when she is able.
You have all been such a source of hope and peace and support for my dear big sister and we appreciate all you have done, whether it be sending a little bit of funding to help Marnie and her family through this time, bringing meals, helping with the kids, or just making Marnie laugh. We are hoping that this awesome gesture by the sweet Melissa May and Granny Gert will help them bear the financial burdens that have come along with this garbage dump of a disease.
So get to your computers and get writing! Let's help bring a little light to the Banks family, and earn a free vacation while you are at it!
All my love and many blessings,
her amazing friends, Jessica and Mandy did something great for her. Read below and please consider swinging by her house to participate ❤️
Good morning family, friends and all supporters of Marnie. Today Marnie starts another round of Chemo and we would like to try something new that can lift her spirits during her Chemo weeks. Today we are installing a “Marnie Mail” box outside of her house. We would love for people to drop by a note of encouragement, a little prayer verse, a card or really anything that you would like to share with her. It has a lock so it will be safe if you want to drop in a gift certificate for a coffee or maybe even a little cash to help with her house cleaning service... just some ideas. ❤️ We just want her to feel loved, cared for and supported when she is home sick.
Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think would like to participate.
I want to first say thank you for all your sweet messages of concern for Marnie! I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently but there just hadn’t been much change, unfortunately. Still, we had an amazing Christmas in California with Marnie and the rest of our family. It was such a blessing to be together.
I was able to chat with Marnie this morning. Her latest scan, which was conducted in late Dec, showed that her cancer was continuing to spread as her CEA levels shot up again. So more chemo, and likely the hardcore stuff which will cause her to lose her hair (she’ll still look beautiful).
She also had been having severe lung pain. At first the doctors thought it may have been pneumonia, but upon visiting with a pulmonologist, they are afraid that the cancer could have metastasized to her bones. PLEASE PRAY that isn’t the case because that would not be good. We won’t know until further testing.
I don’t know if you follow Marnie on Facebook, but you should. This girl is a role model, and a source of true inspiration. She has just been living her life to the absolute fullest, something that so many of us forget to do, until it is too late. This whole grueling, roller-coaster of a cancer ride has continued to be really tough for us, but we are still remaining hopeful and faithful. We know she is in His hands.
Thank you all for your continued prayers, thoughts, and support. They need it all. I will do my best to keep everyone posted in the coming months. Let’s pray for a miracle!
With love and blessings,
Fight! Fight! Fight! July 2, 2015 we were hit with the same news! Stage 4 non operable mets to the Omentum.. We decided to Fight! Stay Positive and not give Cancer the upper hand. He changed his diet completely! No more sugar! No more red meats! Only Certified Organic chicken, turkey and fish, juiced, started only drinking 9.5 ph water, Turmeric caps crom life extension and cooking with Tumeric as well and exercise! A little over a year later we had a PET scan that shows no evidence of disease.. It can be done! You've got This! With the prayers, the love and the power of mind over matter! It can be done!!! STAY POSITIVE! Get in the mind set of FIGHT!! No matter how bad you may feel!! Keep your head up enjoy EVERY second of your days. My hubby has kicked it's ass and so will you.. Prayers and positive energy heading your way.. Oh also after over a year of being off work as a fire fighter, my hubby has returned to work this past week full duty doing what he loves best! Driving his big ole fire truck, fighting fires, saving lives..
Mary Beth, Your beautifully written update has me in tears. I don't even know Marnie that well but I do know her from having lived in Lake Arrowhead and dined at Belgian Waffle, know your parents from living in Hamiltair & am Liz Wilcut Connolly's mother-in-law. I pray for Marnie daily and will continue to do so as I know what an amazing young woman she is.
Marnie the Howe family's thoughts are with you in your fight, stay strong!
Continuing to pray with you for your miracle.
Marni - you are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Cancer is STUPID and reeks havoc on all! It's easy to say "stay positive" when you are not the person going through this is...but, you are loved by so many.... and we are all here rooting for you! Keep fighting and we'll keep praying! Marc & Stacey
Such good news! You are in my prayers every night! Keep up the fight girl!
Keep fighting Marni! The Sperlings are thinking about you!
So sorry to hear about this setback. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Just know that you are loved and admired by so many people. You have been an inspiration and will continue to be! Love, support and tons of prayers - Marc & Stacey
Thanks for sharing your mom's letter. It is difficult to put into words the joy everyone is feeling, but mom's words were so beautiful.