But in November 2016, just 18 months later came the bombshell discovery that the cancer has returned in her bones. This is called Stage 4 cancer, there is no cure and it will eventually take her life.
Melissa's biggest fear is not being there to see her sons grow up, which is every mother’s worst nightmare. Moreover, she fears for her husband, who would be left to try and work to support the family as well as raise the three boys on his own.
Family and friends are rallying to support her in every way that we can, and inevitably a lot of that support will come down to funds. Melissa is determined to throw everything she can at her situation, including both traditional and alternative medicine. Our great hope is to buy her more time, because one day there may be an advanced drug, or even a cure, that can help her.
Your generosity will go towards Melissa’s continued medical treatments, and perhaps a family trip to Disneyland to make more happy memories. We are trying to condense a lifetime of experiences into a shorter time frame, and to remove some of the financial stress that is inevitably affecting this little family at a time when they need to be enjoying each other as much as they can.
Any support you can offer, no matter how small, would be incredibly gratefully received.
For transparency, funds raised will be directed towards the following areas: medical treatment costs (in arrears, current & future and includes costs associated with a drug trial), family breaks, reducing financial pressure through mortgage reduction, contributing to the ongoing cost of raising three children on one salary and the minimal admin costs (we are seeking goodwill wherever possible).
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