WE DID IT! Cancer is expensive!

My older sister is officially a 2-time cancer survivor.  She has 4 kids and a grandson - so maybe she's built up a bit of strength raising them.  Wherever she got it, we're fortunate.  She has dedicated her life to children.  First and foremost, her children.  She bends over backwards giving them a life of experience and special moments.  From birthday parties, to Christmas and Easter, to milestones like homecoming dances; she has a uncanny ability of taking nothing and turning it into something spectacular.  I've told her multiple times she should go into party/event planning!  But, alas, kids are her calling.  So much so that she is also a special education classroom aid (because 4 kids and a grandson weren't enough children to care for).  

A couple years ago, she had skin cancer removed from her arm.  Early detection and treatment.  It was successful.  As life would have it, once was not enough.  She just finished treatment for thyroid cancer which included her thyroid being removed and radiation treatment.  It was much more pervasive than doctors expected.  It seems like the treatment went well, but she has a lifetime of medications and constant doctor appointments to ensure she stays healthy and cancer doesn't spread or relapse.  Fortunately, she's a tough lady and she's taking it in stride. 

For any of you that have had cancer or have friends and/or family that did, you know how much of a difference having a support system makes.  A shoulder to cry on, dinner cooked for your family, a place to stay when you're under radiation treatment, transportation to the hospital, someone smiling at you when you get out of treatment... it's the difference.  I'm one small part of my sister's support system.  And I want to help her see no one suffers alone.  She's one tough mother, and in honor of that, I'm going to run the Philadelphia Tough Mudder on May 19th in honor of her.  I'm calling on you to help show her how strong her support system is too.  Because that's what makes all the difference.

After her primary operation, her insurance company received a bill from the hospital for $39k.  They covered $30k and kicked the remaining $9k her way.  Help me show her she has a support system and every little bit counts.  It'll me the world to her and me.  For this campaign, I'm hoping to raise $2,500 (this was originslly $1,000 and we beat it in 2 days!!!) to go towards her $9k balance until the Tough Mudder on May 19th.  Thank you so much in advance!  Even if you have nothing to give, positive thoughts are also appreciated :)


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