Caring for Cari

Today I am asking for help to hopefully make things a bit easier for a dear friend of mine, Cari Smith. Cari is a dedicated Massage Therapist and animal lover who recently got diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia). With the diagnosis being labeled as “chronic” this means that this could be a battle that she will be fighting for a long time to come. Cari is someone who is widely known for her huge smile and loving heart. She is always making sure that everyone around her is well taken care of, and now it is time that we take care of her during her time in need.

With this recent diagnoses money has gotten very tight, making even paying for the treatments to save her life nearly impossible. Since being diagnosed with CLL, Cari’s health and energy levels have been deteriorating rapidly making her passion for her job and her animals suffer as well. Cari always thought she had major food sensitivities and digestion problems when in fact her spleen was rapidly enlarging more than double the size of a normal spleen and pushing onto her small intestine. A normal spleen in an adult is typically 9 cm while Cari’s is now a massive 21 cm making twisting, bending, and even sitting extremely uncomfortable.

Cari currently lives alone with her two dogs and to be able to survive financially, she is continuing to work as much as her body allows her to. Even though she is struggling with the pain that comes along with CLL, she still manages to spread positivity to her coworkers and clients. By looking at Cari, you would never guess she is struggling as she is always putting others needs above her own.  

100% of the money that we raise will go towards making life even a fraction easier for this kind spirit by assisting with upcoming doctor bills and treatments, as well as food and basic necessities for herself and her two fur babies. Anything helps and we greatly appreciate your contribution to helping Cari in any way that we can.



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Erica Lewis 
Brookfield, WI
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