My sister Dorraine Williams, known to her friends as Dore was diagnosed on April 16 with stage III Ovarian Cancer. Dore is still undergoing tests to confirm where else the cancer has spread however she is having surgery on Thursday April 23rd. Quickly after her surgery, she will begin an aggressive chemotherapy plan that will continue for as long as necessary. This account has been created to assist Dore and her family with the financial difficulties that lie ahead of them in the upcoming months.
Although currently employed, she will have exhausted her paid time off at the end of April. After that, She will not be receiving any income. Some may know the name Van Williams from his accomplishments as the drummer for metal bands Nevermore, Ashes of Ares and Ghost Ship Octavius. Van is in the music industry and freelances as a graphic designer, however pay is sporadic and now with helping Dore with her recovery, touring and performance opportunities will be extremely limited. Going through this treatment will be quite expensive. First there is a high deductible on the medical plan and the increased expenses for travel, but also the cost of her insurance premiums after May 1. These items, coming together with their normal monthly expenses, spell out great financial difficulties for them.
Here are some things you should know about Dore. Dore lives in the Hudson Valley, NY with her husband and best friend Van and their handsome seven year old son Killian. Van and Dore have been together for 26 years. She grew up in the Hudson Valley (maiden name is Rhoades) and attended both Newburgh and New Paltz Schools. She and her husband moved to Seattle Washington in 1993 and moved back to NY to raise their son around family 4 years ago. Dore has spent the last 15 years helping others either as an HR professional or as an insurance broker. She is accustomed to helping people navigate through difficult times such as these, however no one is ever truly prepared to handle it themselves.
Please help us support Dore and her family. She is a caring person loved by all of those that know her. This entire event unfolded over a single week and there was no time to prepare for the trying times that are ahead of them. The amount we chose above is just a number, because we don't really know how much will be enough, so anything you can do is wonderful and amazing, and appreciated. Please spread the word and help us help her in this difficult time. Thank you for your donation, prayers, and words of encouragement.
This fund was created by William Rhoades Jr., Dore's brother and family. William is somewhat new to facebook so we felt it best to have Van's facebook page as the primary. Thank you all and please donate if you can.