I have known Julie since 1998. We started off as work associates but it was one of those friendships that bloomed immediately - it felt like we had known each other our whole lives. Julie is the type of person that would give you the shirt off of her back. She is a loving mama to 5 cats whom she adores with all her heart. Her love and caring of ALL animals is bigger than life itself. She is an avid donor of the ASPCA and even keeps food, water and shelter on her front porch for stray animals in need in her neighborhood. One of her biggest fears is leaving her feline kids behind and them being split up.
Julie is not unlike the thousands of others whose lives are affected by this horrible disease - thousands of people who brighten the lives of those around them but she is my best friend and I cannot imagine life without her.
She has an uphill battle ahead of her. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and waiting to hear if radiation will be included as part of her treatment. While Julie has health benefits through work, coverage only stretches so far. She is already out of pocket $10K to date. And while benefits have been able to float her this long, the time away from work is severely limiting her income to help afford her home and vehicle - to help keep a roof over her head, the heat on and food on the table.
The hardest part of Julie's situation aside from the obvious is that myself and our close group of friends are scattered across the US and while I know her fur babies bring her comfort my heart breaks to know that all of us can't be there everyday to help bring her strength during her battle.
Right now she is consumed with worry and fear of how to keep her life afloat financially. My goal with this fundraiser is to help alleviate those fears for her so she can focus on her fight and forge ahead and kick this cancer in the a$$.
If you cannot afford to make a donation - please know that prayers, well wishes and positive vibes are much appreciated. I must admit, I am challenged when it comes to social media and anything technology but I felt compelled to share Julie's story and wanted a platform where I could potentially share it with millions of people. I am extremely grateful for all of you who took the time to read this to the end. Thank you and god bless.