Let's All Help Cathy Heal!
Our dear friend Cathy Bonham Brenneman, who does wonderful work supporting families through the Nurturing Center in Kalispell, Montana, has recently been diagnosed with a rare type of kidney cancer. We want to help her and her family during this difficult time.
After finding a blood clot in Cathy's jugular vein in July, Cathy was told on Nov 8th that she has kidney cancer -- renal cell carcinoma, chromophobe type. Unfortunately, it is a rare cancer, and an even rarer type.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, she had surgery to remove her left kidney including the tumor inside, a tumor in her neck, and multitude of impacted lymph nodes.
From Cathy's CaringBridge blog
: "My mind is so busy - when I wake up [in the middle of the night] I have to be very purposeful about what I will allow myself to think about because - BAM - cancer is always just right there."
Because the cancer had metastasized and is in the lymphatic system, Cathy needs to begin treatment ASAP. Unfortunately, there is no proven treatment for this type of cancer. Therefore, Cathy has to travel to several hospitals to explore experimental treatments before she can even begin.
The latest update as of Jan 7th, 2017: Cathy has arrived in NYC for a second opinion at Memorial Sloan Kettering medical center. This is a wonderful development given the circumstances because it's the best hospital for this type of cancer treatment.
Unfortunately, along with being the best place for her to get medical care, Memorial Sloan Kettering also don't take her insurance. Sigh.
Though we want her focused on healing, Cathy is naturally worried about the cost of medical treatment.
We know Cathy will be incredibly moved and grateful if you are able to donate toward her medical expenses. The travel expenses alone can become catastrophically expensive in these situations.
All money donated (minus the GoFundMe processing fee) will go directly to Cathy and her family.
Thanks so much for helping us making this happen--even if it's just your thoughts and support.
We can't wait any longer to help Cathy heal! Let's do this together.