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Ellen's Home Burned and They've Lost Everything

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Raised by 161 people in 7 months
Created October 8, 2018

Last Friday our daughter’s home caught fire and was destroyed—the structure along with all of their belongings. Everything. They’ve also lost their two beloved dogs who were inside when the fire started. Fortunately my daughter’s family was not at home at the time the fire started.

Many of you know that Ellen (our daughter, has suffered from serious cancer and
subsequent surgeries, chemo, and radiation during the past year. This is simply devastating.

They had very little before the fire and now they have nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even her
expensive medications were destroyed, along with the wigs and hats she’d purchased after
chemo caused her to lose her hair. And, the signed books, her cherished Kindle, and other gifts sent to her by each of you during her cancer treatments … are gone.

Their son Tyler’s wrestling and martial arts medals (he's a state champion), trophies, and awards are gone. His clothing and shoes, gone. 

TV’s and computers and tablets and X-boxes and games, gone. His wrestling gear and other
prized possessions are no more.

Ellen’s husband’s clothing and work shoes are small mounds of charred ash.

Their fish tank and fish. Appliances … melted. In fact, the fire was so hot it melted the siding on their neighbor’s home, and it’s not very close.

But the biggest loss of all, to them, was the loss of their four-legged babies, their cherished
dogs. Tyler tried to enter the fully-engulfed home to rescue the dogs but was tackled and
pulled away by firefighters who, by the way, did go inside to complete the rescue. They
performed CPR on both dogs but were unable to revive them.

So kind thoughts, well-wishes, and prayers, if you’re so inclined to do so, are much
appreciated.

Please, if you can. They need you! No amount is too small.


From earlier ...

Our daughter, Ellen Proffitt, my little girl, has been battling serious cancer for the past year. During this ongoing fight for her life, all while enduring intense pain and sickness, medical bills totaling thousands upon thousands of dollars have depleted all her family's meager resources, and more bills arrive almost daily. 


Then Hurricane Florence hit and Ellen and her family were forced to evacuate. Their community was hit hard and many areas there are still underwater.  Ellen's teenage son's high school is still closed and undergoing reconstruction approximately four weeks later, due to a hard blow from the powerful storm.

Ellen's home  experienced damage from the winds and water and, as a result, they lost what little food they had as well as the loss of major appliances - refrigerator, clothes dryer, etc.  Due to the exposure to water, mold has now formed on interior walls, which is extremely dangerous to those who've received chemo and radiation. Their septic system has now failed.

Ellen's financial and medical situation is dire. The stress of dealing with cancer is devastating, as you know, but add to it the worry over losing a home and your belongings, well, it's more than most people could and should have to endure in a lifetime, yet Ellen faces this daily. They're forced to use a cooler and ice for short-term food storage and their temporary bathroom is a rented port-a-john situated at the end of their driveway.

Immediate assistance is needed; therefore, if you could help in any way with any amount, the family would be deeply grateful. We wouldn't ask, but the need has reached the point of being overwhelming.

Thank you in advance for your donations, well-wishes, kind thoughts, and prayers.

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Thank you, everyone, who's prayed and sent good thoughts and well-wishes for John, Tyler, and me. It has, and will continue to be extremely hard for us to face each day, but we're making it ... one day and one footstep at a time.

Currently, the three of us share a single hotel room with one bed and a pull-out sofa. We're using a hotplate, an electric frying pan, and a microwave to prepare meals. But we're together and safe.

I apologize if I've not responded to messages, calls, or texts. Sometimes being alone with my family is what's needed. As time passes I'll be ready for conversation, just not yet. But I do deeply appreciate each and every one of you and everything you have done for us. We would have nothing if not for you and your kind support and generous donations.

As you know, we lost everything, including our two beloved dogs.

So every single dollar helps more than you could imagine. We're still a long way from having the means to get back into a home, a place where we can once again return to living normal lives and building new memories.

Again, thank you all for all you've done and continue to do. Your help means the world to us.
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From Ellen:

I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare. My heart has never hurt like this. Thanks for all of the outpouring of love.

We are not a family that has much and what we did have is gone. The house and furniture is nothing; I could sit on the floor, if I had one.

What I can't do is look at pics of Tyler as a baby, because back then we didn't do digital stuff, I can't rub my fur babies, I can't tuck my child into his bed, I can't make my husband feel better, I can't get my son to stop blaming himself.

This last year has broken me and my faith. How much does one family have to endure. Why us, what sins am I paying for. I never once asked God why me when I was battling cancer, but this has me asking.
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No one really understands what having cancer does to a person. I'm not even talking about a person's body. I'm talking about the stress.

It puts a tremendous amount on the cancer patient but also the family of the patient. With GM closing plants it affects John's job. This past week his check wasn't even enough to cover our insurance. Then to top it off a hospital bill arrived today for $10,987 for me, and another in the amount of $3,673 for Tyler.

Thanks, cancer, you have really done a number on my family.
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Cancer is not fun, cancer is painful and lonely. I joined a cancer support group when I was first diagnosed. One of the greatest blessings came from that. I met the person I call my cancer buddy.

I started my treatments a couple of months before her, and we went through this journey together. She now has finished her treatments. She will forever be my cancer buddy, but she has become so much more than that. She is my friend, my rock to lean on when I didn't think I would make it through; I am forever grateful to her.

We said from the very beginning when we were done with all the treatments we were going to sit on the beach together with our feet in the sand, I can't wait for that day to happen.

Thank you Karen Sozio for coming into my life.

Today I go for my first 3-month scan. I'm scared and nervous. Please pray for me.
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