Cindy and Mike Challis are my parents. Two years ago, Cindy was diagnosed with colon cancer, and had surgery to remove a cluster of tumors. Her colon cancer has returned. This time it is stage 4 cancer, where her colon cancer has spread to her liver and a lymph node.
I'm asking for help to reduce the burden of travel expenses for my mom to receive her cancer treatments, as well as assistance to cover the cancer treatments themselves.
Cindy is receiving care from Swedish Cancer Institute in Issaquah, WA. It's a great facility that is included in their health insurance network. Unfortunately, it's 185 miles of driving each way (3 hours 15 minutes each way) for Mike and Cindy to go to the Swedish Cancer Institute for treatment. Cindy and Mike have already driven there 5 times in the last few weeks to confirm this diagnosis and determine a treatment plan.
The treatment plan: This week Cindy started intense chemotherapy. She needs to travel to Swedish Cancer Institute every 3 weeks for 6 months to receive this treatment. After 3 months she will have a CT scan to see if the tumors are shrinking. After 6 months there is a possibility she will need liver resection surgery or targeted ablation of the remaining tumors.
With this treatment plan, Cindy will need to drive to Issaquah at least 17 times in the upcoming 6 months. That's over 6,400 miles or 110 hours of driving. Treatment days are long since it takes several hours to receive the treatment, plus they need to drive to Issaquah and back.
My mom, Cindy Challis, has been set up as the direct beneficiary of this fund so that she may use funds raised to cover the cost of travel and cancer care expenses. We appreciate any and all donations.
Please continue to keep Cindy and the family in your thoughts and prayers, if you are in a position to help, whether big or small, please feel free to donate, so we may decrease the financial stress on Cindy and Mike. Thank you very much, and may God bless you.
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