Help Tara Slay Breast Cancer

$43,808 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 258 people in 23 months
Hi, our names are Lisa, Adam, and Beth. We're writing on behalf of our sister, Tara Germinsky Elmore, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma) shortly after Thanksgiving.  Yes, we are all still in shock. If you know our family, you know how crazy tight we are and that we'll go to the ends of the earth for the people we love—and to know Tara, is to love Tara. 

If you don't already know how awesome Tara is let us tell you a little bit about her. Tara is many things to many people: the greatest sister and mom-pal a gal could ask for, a loving daughter, a loyal friend, an amazing co-worker and reliable neighbor. 

Above all, Tara is a deeply devoted wife to Steve, and a playful, thoughtful and loving mom to Elias and Simone. Handsdown, Tara, gives the best hugs (always go for the extra long version). She's the greatest champion and supporter. She is preternaturally optimistic, generous and kind. Tara is a peacemaker and always, the voice of reason. She is also what some simply refer to as "good company." You just want her around, no matter what. Her high school class voted her best smile. It's the kind of smile that speaks volumes and gets airline upgrades without her even asking. It's warm, genuine and without agenda—just like Tara. 

We are setting up this fund to support Tara and her family as she prepares for the fight of her life.  After the first of the new year, Tara will start an aggressive round of chemotherapy in the first week of January for 5 months. She will then have surgery (or surgeries), and possibly radiation as determined by the success of the chemo and nature of the cancer. As life curveballs tend to do, this one is particulalry ill-timed, as Tara was just getting a new business up and running after being laid off from her long-time job last year. 

These funds will be used to help defray medical costs: deductibles, co-pays, and many of the additional fees not covered by insurance. The Elmores will also need lots of support with additional childcare, housekeeping, healthy meals, rides, groceries and whatever it takes to keep their home running smoothly while Tara undergoes treatment. We will also put these contribultions toward any other essentials to help keep Tara strong, comfortable, and healthy over the coming months.

We know Tara is going to beat this thing handily and that she and Steve's powerfully optimistic spirit, love and outlook will only help.  We want to relieve them of any avoidable stressors and burdens that could divert them from our #1 goal: TO HEAL & CURE TARA !!

The Elmores were hesitant to ask for help in this way, but we believe that friends and family want to help and support, and we KNOW that Tara and Steve would be the first to help any of us in our time of need. No amount is too small and every contribution will be deeply appreciated and thoughtfully spent.

And no matter what, we ask that you keep Tara, Steve, Elias and Simone in your thoughts and prayers and hold them in love and light. Good vibrations ONLY.

With gratitude & love,

Lisa, Adam & Beth a.k.a. TEAM TARA

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Today I completed five months of chemo. I saw my oncologist - neither one of us can feel the tumor! We are beyond relieved and excited that the chemo did what we hoped. I still have a road ahead, but this is a milestone and today I'm celebrating.

The next few months bring surgery and radiation. We are hopeful and I am filled with gratitude and love.

There hasn't been a single day that's gone by that I haven't thought about each and every one of you. You were all with me on the darkest days of this journey (which I hope are behind me), to make sure life was still being taken care of. For that we are forever grateful.

You, my friends, are phenomenal and the power of the human spirit is insanely beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Steve & me at chemo today.
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Elizabeth Golembeski Rumbaugh
18 months ago

Fantastic news! Thinking of you as you continue this journey​ and know that love from around the world is coming your way. Thanks for the update.

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$43,808 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 258 people in 23 months
Created December 22, 2016
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15 months ago
Lauren Rowinski
17 months ago

Rooting for you, Tara!! Lots of love XOXO

Malia Herman
17 months ago

Congratulations to E on his preschool graduation! We miss the crew at TSTI. Sending you love and support. - Malia, Dave, Alexa & Henry Herman

J Pontrello
18 months ago

Get better soon Tara!

Elizabeth Golembeski Rumbaugh
18 months ago

Fantastic news! Thinking of you as you continue this journey​ and know that love from around the world is coming your way. Thanks for the update.

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