Mom's Cancer Fighting Medical Fund
Two weeks ago, we found out that my mom, Colleen Lewin, has cancer. My stepdad broke the news to me over the phone, and I could hear in his voice a sense of fear that I have never heard from him before in my life. He's a strong man but the unexpected can rattle anyone's core. He tried to downplay the situation by saying that they were getting more tests done and the doctor could always be wrong.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
That night, I didn't know whether to cry or be angry. And since then, it's been a lot of both. I've been trying to find a way to deal with the anger, the confusion, the hope, the sorrow and whatever tomorrow brings.
My mom has had two surgeries so far, each of which has come with a bill of around $10,000. She does not have health insurance and because she has been dealing with lupus, which insurance companies consider a pre-existing condition, it has not been an option for a number of years.
She is in need of an hysterectomy, which will hopefully remove the cancer for good. The doctors have told my parents that the costs for surgery and a short hospitalization will cost upwards of $120,000.
I'm not good at asking for help. I'm usually to strong-willed and stubborn. I learned it from my parents. The emotional and psychological wreckage I'm dealing with internally has been overwhelming but I keep coming back to the fact that we need to ask for help. And that's why I am writing this, to put down all the struggles and humbly ask that if you can help with any amount of donation, I myself, my family and friends would greatly appreciate any support.
If you know my mother at all, you know that she is the most selfless, compassionate and loving soul on the planet. She has been sacrificing for me, my siblings, my family and friends for the 37 years I've been alive and it wouldn't matter who you are, if you happen to stumble to our doorstep in need of a hot meal or just a cup of coffee, she wouldn't hesitate to take care of you and make you some dessert before you had the chance to thank her.
She's shown unconditional love to hundreds or maybe even thousands of people throughout her life and I am humbly asking that the world do the same for her in this time of need. Thank you in advance for your support.
I love you, Mom.
It's been an incredibly trying 9+ months for our family and friends but we are happy to announce the doctors say my mom is free and clear of cancer!
I really cannot express my gratefulness to everyone who donated and sent words of encouragement. To say that we couldn't have done it without your support is literally the truth. It is important for all of you to know that without your donations, WE WOULD NOT have been able to start the procedures necessary and the cancer would have had additional months to grow.
I am so thankful to all of you for helping us with this battle. There's a long road ahead in paying the medical bills but having mom's health to get us through it will be a breeze compared to the last 9 months.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
And please, if you ever need anything at all from me, please know that I will do my best to help in any way I possibly can.
PS - We've got a beautiful new baby girl in the family, so you may have to wait a while for those lemon bars :)
I want to thank everyone who has supported with donations, sharing of this GoFundMe, the calls and texts, and the thoughts and prayers. Mom started treatments a couple months back and starting that process would not have evened happened yet without the financial support from everyone who donated. We cannot thank you enough.
My mom is about half way through treatments at this point, assuming all goes well, at least. There have been ups and downs but she's honestly kept better spirits than I could have imagined. Today she needed a blood transfusion to help her get her energy up but she seems to be doing better judging by the smiley emojis in her texts. (Now you know where I get it :)
I came across this picture of her when I was back home and it just grabbed a hold of me. Maybe it's the Golden Gate Bridge and how no place in the world has ever felt more like home to me the way San Francisco does. I'm not really sure exactly, but it's really the first time I've ever looked at a picture of her and saw myself.
I might not have figured out a clear path to dealing with the challenges that come with her going through radiation and chemo but it's become very clear where I got my courage from.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and to you, Mom, for showing us all how to be so courageous.
Sorry it's been a bit since I updated on my mom's situation. Today she starts chemotherapy. If you're familiar with cancer at all, this is the most trying time for patients and it's relatively uncertain how long the treatment will need to go on. The doctor initially suggested 3 sessions, sandwiched with radiation treatments. So it will likely be a few months of treatment. All of your thoughts, prayers, texts, calls and support is greatly appreciated.
My friend, Mitch, at Hoosier Kicks has offered to donate a percentage of his sales this month to help us out. If you're in the position to buy some new sneakers from him, please do. His website is http://www.hoosierkicks.com/ and he's written a great post about the sneaker community. Even if you don't buy a pair of shoes or merch from his site, please give it a read.
And if you missed it, here were the winners from the Lapstone & Hammer giveaway: https://twitter.com/LapstoneHammer/status/772170725578899457
Thank you all for the continued support. It's been a tough week for myself and my family. My mom had her procedure this week and she is recovering slowly but surely.
The surgery went well and the doctor was able to remove a lot of the cancer. Unfortunately, it has spread beyond what was removable in this procedure. The good thing is that my mom will be in less pain once she heals from this procedure. The downside is we don't know the extent of what is to come in terms of procedures or treatments.
We're taking it one step at a time and trying to stay positive. We'll find out the next steps towards the end of the coming week.
As most of you know me from the sneaker world, I want to share one of the amazing things about this community. The good people at Lapstone & Hammer have donated 3 pairs of the upcoming Air Jordan 1 "Bred" release to giveaway in an effort to raise more funds for my mom's battle. All you have to do to enter is donate and you can donate multiple times, each will count as an entry. Check out all the details in the link below. And thank you to the Lapstone & Hammer team for their kindness and support in this.
this is was so good to read. happy for you guys and keeping you in my thoughts.
Great news. My little man is 6 months cancer free too. I love hearing the good news! best of luck
best wishes to you and your family , i'll pray for you to get recover soon first of all i'd like to thank everyone and American people or any nationality that helps people in need i really ashamed to do that cuz my country don't evaluate their people but i'm in catastrophe my mom has cancer in Colon and rectum , she needs to make an urgent surgery to get rid of this tumor , i try to publish my problem here to get fund but unfortunately i can't cuz i'm from Egypt Jesus Christ i am very sad and sorry to say that I only have faith in God that everything will be fine please forgive me if i said something unintentionally hurts anyone of you Thank you very much indeed i really much appreciate it.
Best wishes to you and your family! Much love.
Colleen, I know who you have taken care of so many people. Now it's time that we help you. I know that you are strong and can get through this. With the faith and prayers of your friends and family (and people whom don't even know you) you will overcome this. I am praying for you and all of your family. You all have been in my heart during this difficult time.
I can help you raise money. Inbox me on FB
Cody Spears Much love
I understand what you are going through. My Mom raised three girls and we learned to be strong. But when we found out she had breast cancer stage 3, our world changed that day. We had her for 7 more years and her cancer came back full speed. We lost her last year. I hope that they find a cure for your mom. ❤️
Many good wishes for your Mom.
Much Love. ---Kyle Herman
Much Love and prayers for your family
Much love, postivity, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I choked up when I read the bit you wrote about your mom. Blessings to you and your family Nick