Holiday Harts - a pay it forward plan

I am a three year cancer survivor, my beloved Aunt Marion Hart died last October from her cancer, I have a friend currently battling breast cancer and another battling kidney cancer... They are my inspiration for this plan.

In an effort to pay it forward, I would like to raise money to make their family holidays easier. Both families have small children, both families heavily impacted financially while battling their cancers. Both families so deserving of my pay it forward intentions.

They are unaware of this plan, my hope is to surprise them with whatever my funds can manage to raise.

My first inspiration is my friend Lisa, a single mom with two young children, she was blindsided with her breast cancer diagnosis after discovering a lump during a routine self exam. She is recovering from her surgery and currently in a six month chemo plan. She is unable to work at present and is without income. She is amazingly upbeat and her optimism is inspiring. Her two young children are active in sports and Lisa is an active participant in their activities. She has a family home she is trying to maintain and my hope is to help her financial burden of basic utilities and lessen her stress to give her children a warm and happy holiday.

My second inspiration is a friend and coworker, Diane, she is a mom and grandmother, and recently became full legal guardian for her very young grandchildren.. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer and has undergone surgery but her battle continues with further complications. She is an amazing woman with an enormous heart and she and her husband have turned their lives upside down willingly to make a loving permanent home for their grandchildren. She can intermittently work but financial strain as a result of frequent medical leaves takes it's toll. I am hoping to ease her financial burden at least enough to help her have a less stressful holiday season with her family.

I am a huge believer in paying it forward. I consider myself very lucky having beat Ovarian and Uterine cancer three years ago. I am grateful to be here with my own family and young daughter. I am appreciative of every moment and hope to make the lives of a couple people important to me a little easier.

Happy holidays and thank you!

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Kelly Shumway 
Lakeville, MA
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