Kick Cancer's Booty (Literally)

$11,236 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 36 months
My name is Crystal, I am 37 years old.  I am a single, working mom with three wonderful sons, a set of twins who are 8 and a 3 year old.   I work for a wonderful nonprofit in San Antonio.  I am also the founder of Doctor Who Fans Unite  a Doctor Who fan group that has been going strong since July of 2008.  

On Tuesday February 17th 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer.  This was a shock to me and my family.

Now we are gearing up for radiation, chemo, surgery and then finally 6 more months of chemo.  I have health insurance but my deductable is $5,000 with an additional $6,000 out of pocket expense (the 20% I will be responsible for after I meet my deductible).  I will have 6 weeks of radiation everyday at Cancer Care Center of South Texas along with chemo pills.  Other expenses will be adding up quickly with the drive from my work to the center each day, 5 days a week for 28 treatments total.  

Hoping all goes well after treatments and surgery, there is still the possibility that I may require a colostomy bag after the surgery, another added expense.

As a single mom, I already have a tight budget with little to no wiggle room, no savings account and no credit cards to help with these costs.  

I only have a limited amount of sick and vacation days at work.  I can't afford to go without pay and I know that towards the end of radiation I will be feeling pretty terrible.  I will also be in the hospital for a week for surgery and an additional two weeks at home to fully recover.

In order to cover the treatments, surgery, gas, colostomy bags and other expenses that will come about due to this cancer, I have set a goal of $20,000 that I hope will help alleviate the stress of this financial burden I will soon find myself in.  Your donation is going to save my life and help to ensure that I live long enough to see my children's children.
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It is now to the point that working is just too much for my health right now. The Disability Office is fast tracking my disability and hopefully I will have an appointment with them in the next week or so. I need funds for February to pay for my insurance, which is some ridiculous amount like $600. I just need any donations that you can spare. This is sort of my last chance to try to get disability and pray that it is enough for me to get by. I tried for many years to work and get treatment. In fact I have been doing it since 2015. But now I have to admit that working is too much. Too much stress, too taxing on my body. I want to try to live long enough to see Nathan grow up. With your donations and kindness I will be able to stay home and give my body the much needed rest it has so desperately needed.

I thought I could be Super Woman, but it is time to hang up my cape. Instead I get to wrap a scarf around my soon to be bald head. If I could get $1,000 in donations a month I think I could make it. You are investing in keeping me alive. Thank you to those of you who still read these updates. The current battle is all the tumors in my lungs. They can only use chemo right now to try to stop it. If the chemo I am on now is not helping I will switch to a different drug that will either work or do absolutely nothing. They did a test on my cancer and how it mutates and of course I have one of the mutations that is very hard to kill. I am still fighting. I just need all of you to help me to win the battle.

Much love to all of you.
I have been sick since he was a baby.
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I have switch to CTRC. I have a wonderful oncologist now, but my cancer is stage 4. It has been stage 4 since the beginning.

I am going to have to have a rib bone removed in the next few weeks. My work place is unable to give me my vacation early because I have not worked here for a year.

Now I need funds to cover the hospital, as well as time off from work.

I wish that I did not have to ask for help, but I truly need it.

Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
These guys need their mom to beat cancer
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I had hoped to be done with this campaign, but cancer wasn't done with me. One of my rib bones has the cancer growing on it. The plan is remove the part of the bone with the growth. My oncologist and the people doing the CT scans kept saying the bone was injured from my lung surgery. I finally demanded a bone biopsy and was sent to an orthopedic surgeon. My surgeon did a bone scan and biopsy. He wants to just cut out the bad part of the rib.

I have to meet with another oncologist surgeon also. I think if I like the oncologist surgeon I'm going to ask if he can remain my oncologist because I'm not happy with my current one.

I'm asking for help again. I have to pay my deductible and multiple other out of pocket expenses for this surgery. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated.

If you don't want to help me directly then please help me with my upcoming 5K. It needs a signal boost. I work for a wonderful nonprofit nursing home located alongside Woodlawn Lake. I'm their Director of Development (which is my dream job) and I need sponsorships and participants for our upcoming Run For Mom 5K. Anything you donate is a tax write off.


My hope is I can wait on surgery to get this event done for work. The Sarah Roberts French Home is primarily a Medicaid facility and Medicaid just doesn't cover all of the costs for our residents. We have to rely on our community to help keep our doors open. You can help by asking your business to be a sponsor, creating a team or just sharing the run website on your social media outlets.

Again thank you for your continued support. Once the surgery takes place we may need meals and I know I'll need people to stay overnight at the hospital with me.

We just need help this time and anything you can do will be a blessing to me and my family.

I have to keep fighting this for the sake of my three sons. I want to see them grow up. I want to be around for them, because they are my everything.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you for everything.
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Hi everyone! This update has both good and bad news. The good news is my CT scans are still clean. I still need chemo treatments just to ensure we kill any tiny cancer cells still floating around. The bad news is I lost my job. I still have a stack of unpaid hospital and surgery bills and now I have to find money to keep the lights on, the kids fed, and $370 a month to keep my health insurance active through Cobra. I have to have chemo every 3 weeks and I don't want to give this illness any chance of coming back. So this time your donations mean more than ever. Please share my story and please help me to keep fighting this fight. Love you all!
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$11,236 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 36 months
Created February 25, 2015
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