Wig Out! Raising Funds for Emily

$11,151 of $15k goal

Raised by 102 people in 32 months
Emily Fay Reese  RENO, NV
I am loved.  Deeply.

And with all sincerity, I can honestly say that I am thankful for cancer.

You know why?  Because I have learned to trust that the plans for me are wonderful, and even though cancer might not have been in MY plans, I know that it is being used to make me into an even stronger woman, mom, teacher, friend and champion for others who have faced, are facing, or will face this disease that does not discriminate.

Because of cancer, I have met so many wonderful people and am constantly amazed at how we can touch each others lives in meaningful, helpful and encouraging ways.  The opportunities I have received by fighting this fight have all been worth it.

Once my first bout with colon cancer was over, nearly 2 years ago, I reached out to help others in need.  I volunteered with Our Hearts, a local non-profit organization which meets needs of those who are experiencing medical crises.

And now?  I'm finding myself in need.

After my surprise diagnosis of colon cancer reocurring this past Fall, and the subsequent surgeries combined with chemo, my school determined that they must lay me off for this semester.  I am not bitter.  It was understandable since the wonderful charter high school I had the honor to teach at has very specific needs for an at-risk population of students to have consistency on a daily basis.  Because of my 12 sessions (6 months) of chemo, I could not do what the school needed everyday for the last semester.  They are a non-profit school themselves and could not afford to pay my salary plus a full-time substitute teacher to be there when I couldn't be during my treatments.  I will be able to return to work in the fall next year, but until then, I have lost my income.

I am fully intending to substitute teach on the days where I feel good.  I am not looking to be a free-loader.  I do need to prepare for the unseen, however, because I know how chemo works.  Toward the end, it gets harder and harder to even get out of bed to take a shower.  I am currently appealing my unemployment benefits denial, but unfortunately it is VERY difficult for teachers to receive unemployment benefits.  They scrutinize teachers more harshly than other professionals.

So, here I am, asking for genuine help from you.  The money I raise will go directly to my general living expenses, bills, co-pays and medical bills for the next 6-7 months until I can return to my job.  While I realize many questions will be raised in your mind about FMLA, disability benefits and other possible legal avenues, I have exhausted all possible recourses for my situation.  I am receiving legal help from my dear ex-husband, Devon. However, I have to be able to live RIGHT NOW.

There will be two definite ways you can help financially.

Option One:

1)  You can give direct monies to Our Hearts, Our Families, Our Community through their website by indicating that you want the money to go to pay my bills.  Our Hearts, a wonderful non-profit here in Reno that I have had the honor of being a part of, has agreed to pay my specific bills DIRECTLY through their organization.  This will serve two important purposes:

a)  It will provide automatic accountability for me and will provide you with peace of mind if you need it.  You will know that the money you donate is going to specific bills.

b)  Our Hearts is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

If this is how you would like to give after reading your next option, please click here: OurHeartsReno Donation Website

Option Two:

2)  The second way you can donate financially is through this gofundme page.  The monies raised here will go toward:

a)  Expenses that are non-bill related, like food for the kids and I, gas, home expeditures and yes... even occasionally a movie or two.

b)  Any monies raised above and beyond my goal of $15,000 will be re-donated back to a Colon Cancer fund, which will be determined toward the end, plus if I am able, I will re-direct funds back to Our Hearts to help others in our community who are experiencing medical crises, not unlike what I am going through right now.

So, please know that I intend to be above board with all monies raised and will in turn help others with your generousity who might need help in the future.

WIG OUT!  Sunday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m.  Sidelines in Sparks

On Sunday, March 23rd, I will be holding a fundraiser to kick off this campaign with a bang!  "Wig-Out!" will be at Sidelines in Sparks, starting at 1:00 p.m. and will end when we feel like ending it.  There are amazing things planned, including giveaways for some really cool items, some amazing bands (including the headliner Drinking With Clowns, as well as a great DJ named RV Motorhome), local celebrities, food, and libations for purchase. Thank you Dave Pennington of Sidelines for donating this venue.  I am blessed with many wonderful people in my life, and all of them are coming together for a good cause:  My fundraiser, my 40th birthday and raising awareness for Colon Cancer Month... all of them in March.  Wear a wig!  Let's make it fun!

Life is good, people.  I am excited to see all of the wonderful things that will come from this experience.  I am expecting these wonderful things, because I know they will happen.

Thanks for contributing.  I love you all.  And you know I mean it.

Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others,
Emily Reese

Pass on the word by sharing this link with others.  Social media is a powerful tool!  Feel free to copy and paste the image of my fundraiser flyer and attach it to messages so others can know about Wig Out!
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Update 6
30 months ago

I have nearly met my 2/3 mark of meeting my goal. Every little bit helps, peeps, and I appreciate all of the love and support thus far. Please continue to pass this along to others. Even though my actual Wig Out! event a few weeks ago was a success and a blast, the campaign still continues. I need to make it until September... and your support is needed! Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others. Emily
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Update 5
32 months ago

Jackie Kjaer, whom I do not know personally, donated some funds to my Three Little Birds and me. She wrote a note and told me that it was in honor of her niece who lost her battle with colonc cancer at 35 years old and to her father who was an amazing teacher. Cancer does not discriminate, people. Don't wait until 50 to get screened. Do it NOW during Colon Cancer Awareness Month! Blessings to you, Jackie, and thank you for sharing your story. Love, Emily
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Update 4
32 months ago

I just need everyone to be aware: I have raised the goal to $15,000. The reason is twofold: 1) I didn't take into account my bills that I am paying on STILL from my first bout with cancer (I just got a call from one today that is about $3,500) and 2) This page is doing so well that I don't want people to stop giving when they see the original figure being met.

Remember, if I don't use it all, then I have other uses for it to give back to our community. I hope you understand. It is not my intent to be greedy.

Love, Emily
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Update 3
32 months ago

Over half way to my goal? Are you KIDDING me? I am so amazed and humbled from the love. Thank you so much to all of you who have donated, shared this link, or both!
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$11,151 of $15k goal

Raised by 102 people in 32 months
Created February 20, 2014
Emily Fay Reese  
Sue Albertus
19 months ago
27 months ago
Chris Bryant
27 months ago

Glad to hear you plan on being back for the educational attack in a few weeks!

28 months ago
Linda Saypalia
29 months ago
30 months ago
Pam Emmerich
30 months ago

You inspire me!

Mikalee Byerman
30 months ago

The Bryerlee, The Brett, The Dylan, The Jilleann and I send our love and healing your way, my friend...

tracey foreman
30 months ago

I luv u dearly girl!

30 months ago
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