Ellen's Home Burned and They've Lost Everything

Last Friday our daughter’s home caught fire and was destroyed—the structure along with all of their belongings. Everything. They’ve also lost their two beloved dogs who were inside when the fire started. Fortunately my daughter’s family was not at home at the time the fire started.

Many of you know that Ellen (our daughter, has suffered from serious cancer and
subsequent surgeries, chemo, and radiation during the past year. This is simply devastating.

They had very little before the fire and now they have nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even her
expensive medications were destroyed, along with the wigs and hats she’d purchased after
chemo caused her to lose her hair. And, the signed books, her cherished Kindle, and other gifts sent to her by each of you during her cancer treatments … are gone.

Their son Tyler’s wrestling and martial arts medals (he's a state champion), trophies, and awards are gone. His clothing and shoes, gone. 

TV’s and computers and tablets and X-boxes and games, gone. His wrestling gear and other
prized possessions are no more.

Ellen’s husband’s clothing and work shoes are small mounds of charred ash.

Their fish tank and fish. Appliances … melted. In fact, the fire was so hot it melted the siding on their neighbor’s home, and it’s not very close.

But the biggest loss of all, to them, was the loss of their four-legged babies, their cherished
dogs. Tyler tried to enter the fully-engulfed home to rescue the dogs but was tackled and
pulled away by firefighters who, by the way, did go inside to complete the rescue. They
performed CPR on both dogs but were unable to revive them.

So kind thoughts, well-wishes, and prayers, if you’re so inclined to do so, are much

Please, if you can. They need you! No amount is too small.

From earlier ...

Our daughter, Ellen Proffitt, my little girl, has been battling serious cancer for the past year. During this ongoing fight for her life, all while enduring intense pain and sickness, medical bills totaling thousands upon thousands of dollars have depleted all her family's meager resources, and more bills arrive almost daily. 

Then Hurricane Florence hit and Ellen and her family were forced to evacuate. Their community was hit hard and many areas there are still underwater.  Ellen's teenage son's high school is still closed and undergoing reconstruction approximately four weeks later, due to a hard blow from the powerful storm.

Ellen's home  experienced damage from the winds and water and, as a result, they lost what little food they had as well as the loss of major appliances - refrigerator, clothes dryer, etc.  Due to the exposure to water, mold has now formed on interior walls, which is extremely dangerous to those who've received chemo and radiation. Their septic system has now failed.

Ellen's financial and medical situation is dire. The stress of dealing with cancer is devastating, as you know, but add to it the worry over losing a home and your belongings, well, it's more than most people could and should have to endure in a lifetime, yet Ellen faces this daily. They're forced to use a cooler and ice for short-term food storage and their temporary bathroom is a rented port-a-john situated at the end of their driveway.

Immediate assistance is needed; therefore, if you could help in any way with any amount, the family would be deeply grateful. We wouldn't ask, but the need has reached the point of being overwhelming.

Thank you in advance for your donations, well-wishes, kind thoughts, and prayers.

Donations (0)

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 1 mo
  • Peter Zmyj 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Peggy Hendricks 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Peter Zmyj 
    • $55 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos

Organizer and beneficiary 

Lee Lofland 
Newark, DE
Ellen Proffitt 
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