Help Marcia Fight Lymphoma
My name is Bonnie. My mom, Marcia, went into the hospital last week with trouble breathing which ultimately led to a diagnosis of aggressive Lymphoma just a few days ago. I don't think this is something anyone is prepared for. Thankfully because the Lymphoma is aggressive it is also curable.
That being said, there is still a lot for Marcia to go through. She will be starting Chemotherapy soon in addition to other medications. As you may know, Chemo has lots of side effects such as hair loss, severe dry skin, sores, etc. Any money raised will help get products to help my mom cope with these changes, as well as offset medical bills. Skin creams specifically made for chemo patients, mouthwash made for patients to help prevent sores, and similar products are all available however they do cost. Any additional money raised that she doesn't use will be donated to a Lymphoma Charity.
My mom has always been very humble. She has asked me to make it clear that she isn't looking for anything and that donations should be because somebody feels led to, not because they feel they have to. She said she's very humbled and greatful that there is any interest in donating at all.
For more detailed information and updates on how Marcia is doing you can visit her Caring Bridge page here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marcianewell
"Because of your generosity I am able to pay my radiology bill at nearly $900 as well as an unexpected extra bill for my wig after my insurance denied it. Thank you so much for your generosity. It's meant the world to not have to worry about all these bills coming in."
Second is from me!
I wanted to give a special thank you to all the people who have donated who don't know my mom or our family. We've had donations from friends of friends, from people on a video game community I'm active with on Reddit, and from people we have no idea how they came across our page. Finding out you have prayers and money donations from people you never met (and likely won't ever meet) is really a special feeling. Thank you.
And thank you to everybody who has donated, whether it's time, money, food, prayers, or even just a thought. We really do appreciate everything.
My mom's health insurance is through my dad's work. His work had to change insurance policies, meaning mom's policy is now different. The good news is that she can keep her same doctors. The bad news is to keep her doctors she needs to pay more AND her deductible is higher. As such I've changed the goal to $3,500 to properly reflect the new deductible.
My parents want me to make it very clear that they are not begging for money, nor are they trying to force anyone to give. They are genuinely thankful and astounded at the support that they've received, both financial and emotional.
As always, if you would like the regular updates on my mom's health, please visit her Caring Bridge page here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marcianewell
You need an account, however it is free. I only update the GoFundMe account when updates pertain to finances and donations.
What's the stuff? A comb, special shampoo and conditioner, a little mug from the company, a drying stand, the wig itself, a special headband to keep it from slipping, and a nice bag to keep it all in.
We also want to thank each and every person who has donated to my mom. I know some donations came in outside of gofundme. We appreciate and are so thankful for everything you all have done. You guys are wonderful.
We've decided that if we do have any leftover funds they will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can learn more about them here: http://www.lls.org/
Just a reminder that you can see updates on how mom is doing at her Caring Bridge site here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marcianewell
You can also leave her words of encouragement there as well :)
My prayers and thoughts are with you all.