Kick Cancer's Booty (Literally)

$11,866 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 118 people in 40 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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My last CT scan showed disease progression. Especially in my back area where they removed the two pieces of ribs. My pain is getting worse day by day. The clinic that could deaden the neve's won't see me till June

I have good days and bad days. But I'm still fighting this. The next drug is a pill that can do some liver damage so I'll have blood work more often. This new drug will either work or it won't. So I have a 50/50 shot.

I found out that I won't be paid my disability until August which I think is unfair. I still need help from all of you to get by. Hopefully soon I can get things under control, but right now I need help.

Again your donation is not only helping me, but it is helping my kiddos too.

You can also donate through paypal. Gofundme takes 9% of all my donations. Paypal donations have no fees. Contact me for PayPal information.

Again thank you for your continued support and consideration .

Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.
The loves of my life. They give me hope and strength to keep fighting.
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I want to thank everyone who donated last month. You truly helped me and my sons get by and I cannot thank you enough.

I had hoped to have my disability approved by now so I wouldn’t have to keep coming back to all of you to ask for help. I did manage to get Carelink and as of March 1st Medicaid to cover my treatments. This is a huge blessing and I have been able to continue chemo.

I thought I would have enough money to get me through March, but unfortunately I do not. I have multiple bills coming up, my savings is depleted, and I really don’t have anyone to ask for help other than all of you who have been so kind to donate in the past.

I have been without a job for over a month now and considering how this past month went health wise, I am not going to be able to go back to work.

You would truly be blessing me and my sons if you could donate to our campaign. Any amount is very much appreciated.

Here is a list of our most pressing needs:

CPS Electric Bill: $175
Geico Car Insurance: $120
Phone Bill: $30.00
Internet: $50
Medical Debts I pay each month: $100
Personal Debts: $290

Nathan’s tuition $320 due by the 5th of March.

I had to put Nathan into Pre K at St. Monica’s. At the time I did not qualify for the state funded pre-K. Nathan is a fall baby so he was not old enough to start kindergarten last year. I wanted to give him a head start, so I picked a pre-k that was close to home, that his brothers also went to, and that even myself went to.
Their tuition of $320 is quite reasonably, especially since they switched to full day classes this January. Nathan only has 3 months left of Pre-K and I know he wants to graduate with his friends. I don’t want to take these last months of school from him because I am having to wait on disability to kick in.

Thank you for all of the ways that you support myself and my boys. Whether it is a donation or a simple text message telling me to hang in there. All of you have been crucial in helping me to fight this awful disease.

Today I get my CT results and find out if my current treatment is working or not. If it is not I will have to switch to a new drug that is in pill form. I will also need funds to pay for those pills also.

Please pray that my CT scan does not show an progress in this disease. With all of the pain I have been enduring I started to think maybe the cancer was back at my surgical site. I really hope not.

Thank you once again for being by my side in this fight.

Much love to you all,
My loves and my reasons I fight everyday
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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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$11,866 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 118 people in 40 months
Created February 25, 2015
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Andrea Quirino
3 months ago

Praying for you and your boys

Stacy Read
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Stay strong! This world needs you.

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