Dear SVA Classmates and Friends,
As many of you know our dear friend Shawn Cela Tillman was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme in October, 2011. GBM is the most common and most aggressive type of malignant brain tumor in adults. Generally speaking, prognosis is extremely poor, with a meidan survival time of approximately 12"“14 months and is almost invariably fatal.
Shawn had surgery on October 24, 2011 removing as much of the malignant tumor as possible and followed up with radiation and chemo. She responded well and had a good 2012. We were pleased and hopeful regarding her diagnosis.
Unfortunately friends noticed changes in Shawn's personality in January 2013 and an MRI confirmed a reoccurrence of her tumor in the brain, this time in multiple locations. Surgery is not an option. Her current treatment options are radiation and chemotherapy. As you can imagine, her prognosis is not good.
Shawn is not married, her Mother passed away in March of 2012. She has no children or siblings to assist with her care. The primary responsibility for her daily needs has fallen to a group of close friends. We were able to access her SSI disability funds which provide enough money to pay her living expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) We are trying to keep her in her home as long as possible where she is comfortable and in a familiar environment and that is where we need your help:
We have found a roommate who has moved into her home and is able to provide an overnight presence in the event that Shawn falls or needs assistance. We are attempting to raise funds to provide sitters during the day, as well as a life alert system (which would allow Shawn to push a button for immediate medical care should she fall or need emergency assistance.) We anticipate we can provide this care for about $2000/month and will review her care plan in 90 day intervals (since we don't know how or if she will respond to treatment.)
What We Need:
· Prayers of course are welcomed and needed but we are hoping to raise $6000.00 to pay for Shawn's care for the next 90 days. If we can find 100 friends willing to donate $20.00 a month we can pay for her in-home care. We know that you all have commitments, family, work, etc and may be dealing with your own health challenges, or those of your parents, spouses or children but any consideration you can give to this cause would be most appreciated. You can donate in a onetime pledge or come back monthly, whichever is easier for you. Should Shawn's health change before we exhaust the funds, any leftover funds would be donated to St. Vincent's Academy in Savannah Georgia in Shawn's name.
Thank you in advance for your help. Please feel free to forward this information on to other classmates or friends who I may have missed.
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