Help Melanie Conquer Cancer

Our sister in law, Melanie is hard working, giving, loyal, a wife and wonderful mother of two young boys. Melanie has been in our family for about  nineteen years and I don't ever recall her asking for anything. That is why we need to take matters into our own hands and help her and Nick during this difficult time.

Melanie was recently diagnosed Non-Hodgkin's B-Cell Lymphoma Stage 4 and mercury poisoning. At the time of diagnosis they found three tumors, two on the base of her skull and one on her jaw. She was told her pain, muscle weakness, and lip numbness were due to the mercury poisoning that was attacking her central nervous system. We believe she may have started having some symptoms as far back as late last year, but the jaw tumor was misdiagnosed as an infection earlier this year. After antibiotics didn't clear it up she had an MRI, where the skull tumors were found. 

Fast forward to yesterday,  not being able to urinate she was brought to the ER in a town about thirty minutes from where they live. Unfortunately, a large tumor was located on her left kidney that was pushing against her urethra,  essentially pinching it off. Today she was transferred to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee to begin aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. 

We are hoping to ease her mind and help relieve the worry of how they are going to pay the bills. We want her to only have to concentrate on getting better and fighting this cancer. Nick has been disabled for about five years now and is unable to work. They just bought a house and were planning the move for this summer. They have insurance, but we're sure there will be out of pocket medical bills, travel expenses since hospital is four hours away from where they live, hotel expenses, food expenses, the expenses seem endless and will add up fast. 

Please donate if you can, no amount is too small. If all you can offer is a prayer, a well wish for Melanie or an encouraging message for Nick and the boys that works too.  Thanks you, we really appreciate any help you can give them.

Donations

  • Bud Gasparas 
    • $100 
    • 47 mos
  • Nicholas Perakis 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Joseph Malinowski 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Vanessa Fitzgerald 
    • $200 
    • 48 mos
  • Mike LeGros 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Vickie Gasparas Bower 
Organizer
Florence, WI
Melanie Gasparas 
Beneficiary
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