Cynthia's Battle With Cancer

$24,216 of $50k goal

Raised by 175 people in 8 months
Michelle Neber
on behalf of Joe Hawkins
 ROCKWALL, TX
Dear Friends: 

We feel like we know many of you, but most of you we have never met.  We have read your kind words and support for our sister in her battle with breast cancer throughout the years.  You have been there for her time after time, offering your support through your encouraging words, gifts, and even family support with meals and prayers.  We are so grateful that she not only has the love of her family, but it’s so obvious that she is loved by all of you.  We are not writers, as many of you are, so the thought of writing Cynthia’s story for all to see is a little overwhelming.  We feel so helpless, watching her so gracefully navigate this battle, and we want to do something to help our sister and her family, something to ease the financial stress and strain of having cancer so that they can have one less thing to worry over.  For those of you who do not know the whole story, we’ll do our best to explain Cindy’s long health crises so far in a short space:

In October 2013 at the age of 42, our sister Cynthia was diagnosed with Aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  This diagnosis would lead her on a journey that no one was prepared for. That Christmas was the beginning of 4 months of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and 32 sessions of radiation.  Cynthia bravely led the way.  "It's just hair," she assured us. "It will grow back."

In 2014 cancer once again knocked at the door.  Cynthia was diagnosed with the first recurrence in the breast.  A full mastectomy and reconstruction followed.  "It's just flesh," she assured us.”If Angelina Jolie can do it, I can too."

One year later, another knock. Cynthia had a second recurrence in her breast wall.  The area was removed and chemotherapy began once again. "It's ok," she reassured us. "I get to go shopping for some awesome hats."

We rang in the New Year in 2016 and cancer knocked again. Cynthia had another recurrence in her lung.  She started immunotherapy. "It'll be alright," she assured us. "The immunotherapy is going to punch cancer right out."

A couple of weeks ago, cancer knocked again. This time Cynthia was diagnosed with metastasis to the brain. Radiation began this week. "It's small, like peppers," she assured us. "Jimmy Carter beat it. I will too."

Cancer knocked (relentlessly). Not once have we heard our sister grumble or complain. Her response after each diagnosis has been love rather than bitterness, light rather than doom and gloom.  Through it all Cynthia has remained the best mom to her precious daughters Hannah and Chloe, the best wife to her husband Joe, the best sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend, and teacher.  Her bravery, strength, and determination have been an inspiration to everyone who knows her.  

The thing is, through this entire battle, Cynthia has been more concerned about everyone around her rather than herself.  It is our desire to bless Cynthia and her little family in a BIG way.  The medical expenses have piled up over the past three years, and the treatments have taken their toll.  It is our wish to relieve Cynthia, Joe, Hannah, and Chloe from the strain and financial burden that cancer has brought upon this sweet family. 

Please join us in loving on Cynthia.  Join us in assuring her that everything is going to be alright.

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Update 27
Posted by Michelle Neber
5 days ago
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The funeral services for Cynthia are Wednesday, March 1 @ 10:00 AM at Alamo Heights Methodist Church in San Antonio.

Thank you,
Michelle
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Update 26
Posted by Michelle Neber
6 days ago
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As many of you have already heard, Cynthia's long and hard battle against cancer ended early yesterday morning, when she left this world for a better place.

Cynthia's family would like to take this opportunity to again, thank each and every one of you for your donations, your prayers, your love, and the support that you have showered upon their family. As you know, this horrible disease has taken it's toll in many ways, and all that you have done for them has meant so much.

During Cynthia's final days, I made a promise to her to keep this campaign going. It was so important for her to know that after she was gone, her family would be okay.

Once the details of her funeral service are known, I will provide you with another update.

Thanks to each and every one of you,
Michelle
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Update 25
Posted by Michelle Neber
9 days ago
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Hello All, we wanted to update to let you know that our beautiful Cynthia is still under hospice care. Those of you who know her, will find this as no surprise as she has been fighting this battle with such strength and grace, and still continues to do so. She is resting peacefully, and is surrounded by Joe, their daughters, and her family. She is loved by so many. We are so touched by the donations that still flow in, your messages of love and hope, and all of your prayers.

Thank you,
Michelle
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Update 24
Posted by Michelle Neber
15 days ago
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Joe asked that I update all of you to let you know that Cynthia is not doing well. She was transferred to Gentiva Hospice late yesterday evening. The address is 13431 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216. Joe and family appreciate all of the prayers, love, and support that they continue to receive.
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Shauna Claire Mccollum
8 months ago
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This is your niece Shauna just sending prayers and words of strength. You are a strong and courageous woman. We love you.

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Wendy Barker
4 months ago

I am incredibly distressed to learn this news. Am thinking of dear, dear Cynthia with much love and sending all possible good energies for her complete healing. Wendy

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Lindsay Ratcliffe
9 days ago

Thank you for this update. My love and prayers continue to flow to Cynthia.

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Myfanwy Collins
14 days ago

Deeply saddened by the latest news. Cynthia is brave as are you, her family. My heart and prayers are with you all.

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Lindsay Ratcliffe
22 days ago

I'm so sorry to hear this, Michelle. I'm sending all my love to your family and prayers of strength for Cynthia.

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Gloria Harrison
3 months ago

I have never in my whole life seen anyone navigate such adversity with such grace. I know the written story is only one part of the whole and that Cynthia is human, too. But I still find her to be one of the most beautiful humans I've ever had the pleasure of knowing (even if only on the internet.)

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$24,216 of $50k goal

Raised by 175 people in 8 months
Created June 22, 2016
Michelle Neber  
on behalf of Joe Hawkins
$200
Anonymous
2 days ago
$50
Anonymous
2 days ago
$50
Wendy Barker
2 days ago

Cynthia will be missed more than words can even begin to say.

FK
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Fred Kutz
4 days ago
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$30
Zhenya Hood
4 days ago
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$15
Emily Meier
5 days ago
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Dr. Hawkins, your loving heart and generous teachings will be missed and remembered. I am lucky and grateful to have been your student.

AR
$50
Angela Rogers
5 days ago

Cynthia was one of my sisters best friends and biggest supporters and Andrea adored her as well. I pray that you find strength is the difficult time. Peace be with you all.

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Zoe Tambling
5 days ago
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Dana Cutler
6 days ago

I never met Cynthia, but adored her writing and her feisty spirit. Sending love to her beautiful family.

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Laura Gillespie
6 days ago

Deepest sympathies to Joe and the girls, and Cynthia's Mom and Dad and Sisters.

Shauna Claire Mccollum
8 months ago
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This is your niece Shauna just sending prayers and words of strength. You are a strong and courageous woman. We love you.

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Wendy Barker
4 months ago

I am incredibly distressed to learn this news. Am thinking of dear, dear Cynthia with much love and sending all possible good energies for her complete healing. Wendy

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Lindsay Ratcliffe
9 days ago

Thank you for this update. My love and prayers continue to flow to Cynthia.

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Myfanwy Collins
14 days ago

Deeply saddened by the latest news. Cynthia is brave as are you, her family. My heart and prayers are with you all.

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Lindsay Ratcliffe
22 days ago

I'm so sorry to hear this, Michelle. I'm sending all my love to your family and prayers of strength for Cynthia.

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Gloria Harrison
3 months ago

I have never in my whole life seen anyone navigate such adversity with such grace. I know the written story is only one part of the whole and that Cynthia is human, too. But I still find her to be one of the most beautiful humans I've ever had the pleasure of knowing (even if only on the internet.)

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