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Give Cancer the Boot

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Raised by 58 people in 24 months

During my fifteen years as an educator, I've been blessed to have many wonderful colleagues.  One of them has been fighting the battle against colon cancer since 2015.  The doctors thought they'd forced it into remission but last autumn she learned that it had returned. She has been fighting it ever since but the fight is taking an emotional, physical, and financial toll.  She is now on disability and although she does have insurance it is expensive, as are all of the weekly trips to and from the hospital and for doctors appointments. 

A recent diagnosis (as of August 2017), after a months-long round of treatment, has revealed that the mass has not shrunk but grown.  This means her treatment will be prolonged and likely result at some point this year or next in more surgery, in addition to the multiple operations, she has already endured.

My friend is a dedicated, single mother of three children, sister, daughter, teacher, and has been an active member of the Pickerington (Ohio) community. She is also a private person so I am respecting her wishes and not stating her name here at this time.  

Her family, friends, and colleagues love and support her and continue to find ways to try to raise money to help offset the ever-growing cost of her insurance and ongoing cancer treatments.  I am running this Go Fund Me campaign as an additional way to help her and her family cope with these expenses.  I will post any events planned to raise money on her behalf here as well. 

If you are able, please consider making a donation on behalf of our friend.  She has given selflessly for years but this time she needs others to step up and follow her example. If you are able please share this campaign on social media, make a donation, or attend/promote one of the events posted here to help fund her treatment. She is not giving up the fight! Help us to provide aid and comfort as we all fight back against cancer.
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Hello All,

The holiday season will be upon us soon. In honor of our dear Melanie's memory, Julie, Pete, and our friends will be raising funds to help support Melanie's children this season. Please feel free to make a donation to this campaign if you would like to donate money directly to them. The funds will go directly to Melanie's oldest daughter, Krista, and be distributed among her siblings. Also, feel free to share the link to this campaign with others. Thank you for your continued kindness, generosity, and support and may you and all your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season.

Blessings and best wishes,
Pete and Julie
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After a long and courageous battle, our dear Melanie was summoned to her eternal rest on June 14th, 2018. She is now at peace. She touched many lives and words cannot express how profoundly she will be missed by her family, friends, and community.

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers go to her family. In an effort to help cover costs incurred by her treatment and passing, and to help support her children, this campaign will remain active to those who wish to donate. All money raised will go directly to Melanie's family.

Please feel free to share warm memories of Melanie with her family and view the full details for the upcoming services at https://www.spencefuneralhome.com/tributes/Melanie-Begley

We also ask that you continue to share the GoFundMe link as much as possible. https://www.gofundme.com/give-cancer-the-boot&rcid=r01-152910032441-cfb6668abcbf4841&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Charlene Bosse and Pete Planisek will be coordinating food donations for a gathering after the private service on Tuesday, June 19th. Please contact either if you would like to contribute.

Thank you,
Pete and Julie
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Julie and I are grateful beyond words for all of the donations, love, and support the Pickerington community gave to Melanie and her family at Combustion on Wednesday. So far, our combined recent efforts have raised over $3,600.00! These funds go directly to Melanie and her family. If you weren’t able to join us or haven’t had a chance yet to contribute please donate/share to the on-going GoFundMe campaign. Our deepest appreciation and gratitude to you all.
-Pete and Julie
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Julie and I are both awed an honored by the generous response from the community so far. Combustion Brewery has gone above and beyond as hosts for our trivia event for Melanie who was rehospitalized this weekend. As of today, we will have items to raffle off from Barnes&Noble, Marcus Theater, Massage Envy (hopefully), Combustion Brewery, Cooper's Hawk, Cameron Mitchell, Rule 3, Dairy Queen, You've Got Maids, Pine Hills Golf Course, Monroe's Spa, at least eight other donated items (from Mary Kay makeup, Ohio Lottery materials, to a new crockpot), Pickerington Athletics apparel, and autographed helmets from future Michigan Spartans players to a signed Buckeye football from Urban Meyer of The Ohio State University, and more. Hope you can join us at Combustion Brewery, June 6th for our fundraising event for Melanie and her family. Please continue to share the GoFundMe campaign link and to keep Melanie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
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