Ronda Bivens Fight For Survival

$18,267 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 396 people in 20 months
Ben Burchfield
on behalf of Matt Mager
 MADISONVILLE, TN

This is a new campaign for Ronda Bivens. The cancer has gotten much much worse, We are trying to raise money for her and her family so they can worry about Ronda getting better and making it through this instead of that and how they are going to make it financially every day. Here is her story up to this point.
     "In February of 2016. I got the worst call of my life. The Dr who had done the biopsy on my ankle discoverd that it was Cancer. Through many tears and much discussion, my treatment plan at that time was to do radiation to the tumor. I painfully did 3 or 4 weeks of radiation to my foot, but I could tell it was just getting worse and it was getting bigger. All I kept thinking was that they need to take it out as soon as they can. That next time I went back to the doctor, they wanted to preform a scan of my whole body to make sure the cancer hadn't spread. When the doctor came back in with the results, she told us more bad news, the Cancer had spread to my lungs and we need to amputate your leg and start aggressive chemotherapy to combat the spread and growth any further. We were devastated. So just a couple of days later on May 6th I had my leg amputated and healed for 3 weeks and started chemo. It was so awful. I did 5 months and I don't know how I made it through. I seriously thought that I would die if I didn't stop. So I refused to do anymore because it wasn't doing anything. Shortly after chemo I developed pneumonia in my left lung, which I still have to this day, 8 months later. I just spent the whole month of march in the hospital. During my stay, I received more bad news. After further scans they found tumors growing in my airways, they are 50% blocked and that's why they think the pneumonia wasn't going away. They burnt the tumors off as best as they could but said it will continue to grow back and gave me a few options like getting a stint put in my airway that way the tumors will just grow around instead of blocking my airway. After being at Blount for what felt like forever I wanted to be transported to Vanderbilt in Nashville. I get there and they shoot me straight right away. The antibiotics are not working so I need to do radiation to try to shrink the mass and hopefully get rid of the pneumonia. Then I need to start the chemo pill to try to keep the Cancer from growing anymore...... hopefully. And if I don't do that then I need to call in hospice because I will die soon otherwise. So just like every ounce of news we have received year, more bad news. I'm terrified, I thought and prayed this would go differently. I miss my babies, i miss everything about life before cancer crept in and took over everything. As you can imagine Matt will have to take time off work again so he can drive me to Nashville for treatment and take care of me. This is so hard, everyday of chemo before was backed by the worry of how we were going to make it another week, how we would keep the house, how we could feed our children. I am dreadfully terrified of another possible 5 months of not remembering days at a time, another possible 5 months of pain, sickness, worry and missing my babies. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my story and for everything everyone has already done and given, I can not explain how greatful we are for it all, but my journey is far from over."
Please find it in your hearts to give and help this wonderful woman and her family beat this terrible illness.  Matt Mager, Ronda's Bivens Mager's newly wed husband will be the sole person to accept funds from this campaign to help with all expenses in life and after.

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Update 5
Posted by Ben Burchfield
19 months ago
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In this final update I would like to inform everyone that Rhonda Bivens Mager will be laid in her final resting place tomorrow at 2 o'clock at Hopewell Springs Baptist Church, 1607 Povo Rd, Madisonville, TN 37354.
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Update 4
Posted by Ben Burchfield
19 months ago
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It is with the heaviest heart that I post this update. Ronda Bivens Mager took her final journey last night to be with the Lord and family passed. She was the strogest most beautiful person I have ever met and she will be missed dearly. Arrangements for proceedings and burial are to follow in a final update. Please send up your prayers for Matt and children so they may have the strength to get through this. I want to personally thank every single person for helping with this cause and spreading their story. It has been the of the highest honor for me to be able to run this campaign. One final update to come.
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Update 3
Posted by Ben Burchfield
20 months ago
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Being that go fund me has contacted me to let me know that I have not explained that who will be legally withdrawing funds from the campaign, politically I am now required to mention that Matt Mager, Ronda Bivens Mager's newly wed husband, will be accepting and withdrawing the funds from this campaign to help his wife and children with expenses in her life and after. I didn't want to discuss Financials because I kind of figured it was understood, but in light of the emense response of donations, go fund me has asked to verify. So I am verifying.
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Update 2
Posted by Ben Burchfield
20 months ago
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Ronda was brought home Wednesday to be with family and friends, to try and enjoy spending time and talking with everyone she loves and cares for. The hospital could assist her no longer. Hospice was called in that day to provide care and pain management for Ronda, while she tries to kick this things butt from home. Now is more important than ever for everyone to pray and send up love for her and her family. I can't say thank you enough to everyone that has helped out and given such beautiful words of love and care to her to lift her up. She is an amazing person with amazing people standing behind her to hold her up. Much love and may God bless each of you.
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Robert Palmer
20 months ago
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I so wish I was in the position to help. But, with my wife being in a physical situation herself. We are currently at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio with multiple teams of doctors trying to figure out what our local hospital and doctors could not. My prayers go out for you all. May God be with you and lay his healing hands on you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Janice Bienstock
19 months ago

May God's love grant comfort to you all and eternal peace to Rhonda.

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Brandy L. Powell
19 months ago

My condolences and prayers go to your family in this horrible time of grief. I wish there were words to truly express how sorry I am. God be with you.

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Jerry Joseph
19 months ago

Ben, my heart truly goes out to you and your family, as I, too, lost my beloved wife Lynnie to a horrible cancer over two years ago. Like Rhonda, Lynnie fought like hell to live, and I know I'll never get over her final moments when she passed away, as we held hands, our special bond always. I hope, as I know Lynnie continues to live within me, since I feel her presence strongly always, that you will have a similar experience with Rhonda, as I'm sure you will. Not that that is any comfort--there is no comfort, really, except that which comes from within you--but you and your children will get through this somehow. What other choice have you? All I can do is wish you the very best . . .

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$18,267 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 396 people in 20 months
Created May 14, 2017
Ben Burchfield
on behalf of Matt Mager
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Chris Bahn
19 months ago
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God Bless your entire family.

SG
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Sabrina Gilliam-ryland
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Luten Taylor Jr
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Kara Pioli
19 months ago
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May her family find peace. ❤

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Ayanna Nahmias
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19 months ago
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Lisa Lindstrom
19 months ago
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Saw your beautiful story on Huffington Post. Much love to the whole family.

Robert Palmer
20 months ago
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I so wish I was in the position to help. But, with my wife being in a physical situation herself. We are currently at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio with multiple teams of doctors trying to figure out what our local hospital and doctors could not. My prayers go out for you all. May God be with you and lay his healing hands on you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Janice Bienstock
19 months ago

May God's love grant comfort to you all and eternal peace to Rhonda.

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Brandy L. Powell
19 months ago

My condolences and prayers go to your family in this horrible time of grief. I wish there were words to truly express how sorry I am. God be with you.

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Jerry Joseph
19 months ago

Ben, my heart truly goes out to you and your family, as I, too, lost my beloved wife Lynnie to a horrible cancer over two years ago. Like Rhonda, Lynnie fought like hell to live, and I know I'll never get over her final moments when she passed away, as we held hands, our special bond always. I hope, as I know Lynnie continues to live within me, since I feel her presence strongly always, that you will have a similar experience with Rhonda, as I'm sure you will. Not that that is any comfort--there is no comfort, really, except that which comes from within you--but you and your children will get through this somehow. What other choice have you? All I can do is wish you the very best . . .

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