Help Carmen Move Faster Than Cancer

Carmen was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in August 2017. Since then she underwent two different chemotherapy treatments, as well as a surgical treatment. The treatments intensively affected her ability to go to work at the cafeteria at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Since August, she has used all of her annual sick and vacation days while receiving treatment and attempting to recover. She has to work every day in order to be able to pay her bills despite being tired from treatment. She had to move out of her apartment near campus due to financial barriers, and a friend hosts her now.

Carmen's beautiful smile and her positive energy reflect exactly what we are trying to provide at Huntsman Cancer Institute every day: Hope. Hope that we are moving faster than cancer and eventually will be able to cure this terrible disease.

The aim of this fundraiser is to help Carmen with the expenses of medical treatment and the ability to take an unpaid day off when needed on her way to being cancer free.

About the fundraiser: 

I am Caroline Himbert, 25 from Germany. I am a PhD student in Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). I joined HCI in October 2015 after studying medicine in Germany.

I know Carmen since she started working at the cafeteria at HCI. No matter how hard school, work, and in general life is treating me, she would make me smile every time I walk in the cafeteria. She motivates everybody of us at HCI to keep fighting against this terrible disease. As soon as I heard about her financial situation I knew that I want to help! Together with Dr. Cornelia Ulrich, I started this GoFundMe page to help Carmen paying her medical bills. Further, with the additional funds she will be able to take unpaid days off on days when she undergoes radiation therapy and still be able to pay her bills. Financial toxicity is becoming more and more a problem for cancer patients, specifically in the United States. We need to help these patients to go through their energy taking treatment without having to worry about medical bills!

100% of the donations will be withdrawn directly to Carmen, so that she will be able to pay her bills and can keep fighting against this terrible disease!

Cancer moves fast - Together, we move faster!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Caroline Himbert 
Salt Lake City, UT
Carmen Jean Merry 
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