With a heart of gold, you may know Toni from Ronald McDonald house or one of the many charities she donates her time to. Or maybe you know her from school events or dining at Mitch & Toni's where she made everyone feel at home. Maybe you’ve passed her at sports games and only know her by how loudly and proudly she cheers for her kids. Maybe this go fund me is the first time you get to know her. It doesn’t matter where or how, her passion and her deep love for people is clear. Her life is beautiful and warm and loving; her life deserves a long and happy end.
Things took a turn for the worst about three years ago. Due to landlord increases, they lost the restaurant. As much as she would miss Mitch & Toni's, the people who dined there would miss her even more. Luckily, she landed on her feet at a wonderful restaurant group in the city. It seemed as though things were going to be okay and then it was taken away yet again when her knee gave out. Surgery was immediate and afterward, she could no longer do the work that she loved so dearly. Fibromyalgia made every day a little harder and the lack of work put a terrible strain on the family and the bills that went unpaid. While she suffered, she still managed to prevail.
She was finally stable, but her family wasn’t. Three weeks ago, the worst happened. Her oldest son, at only 19 years old was home for the holiday break when he was diagnosed with Chiari malformation. They scheduled him for Brain Surgery in the Spring . Just five days later, while her head was still reeling over her son, she received a call that her routine mammogram showed invasive Breast cancer. The last two weeks have been packed to the brim with visits to surgeons & oncologists. There was simply no way she could go back to work with everything going on. Her surgery is scheduled to happen two weeks from now.
For all of those who love her, seeing this happen to a wonderful woman is utterly heartbreaking. This is why we lovingly started this go fund me to assist with all of the medical bills from the Knee surgery, her upcoming surgery, any other bills that come with making sure this cancer is gone and the anticipated brain surgery for her son. Toni is blessed to have so many people love and care about her. Our hope is that we can all come together-Family & Friends , to celebrate her "Healthy" 50th Birthday in July .
- Kate & Chris Callahan
- Trish Gargani
- JeanMarie Maldonado
Fundraising team: Team Toni (3)
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