Help Chrissy Conquer Cancer

Anybody who knows Chrissy knows that she has one of the biggest hearts in this world and would do anything for anybody (as long as you ain’t on her s*** list ). Chrissy is probably one of the most diabolical people I know. On one hand she is the most selfless, humble and caring person and on the other she can be the crassest, loud get-in-your-face type of person if you push her buttons. As she always says, she doesn’t “sugar-coat anything”. She is a strong woman and a force to be reckoned with. Chrissy has always had an attitude of a warrior and she has had her share of battles. There have been times where she has been beaten down by life in so many ways. Sometimes it is hard to understand how one person can endure so much. But at the end of every one of those battles, she is the victor. Never did she waiver and never did she give up or give in.
Chrissy's most recent battle has been with Cancer, she has been living in remission for 13 years and was given the news of relapse 3 years ago. Her Doctor has been fighting with her Insurance company for the past 2 1/2 years as they stated their "medical record readers" deemed her case not medically necessary. Since then Chrissy has underwent Chemotherapy, hormones, minimal surgeries which only prolonged the inevitable. All while enduring these treatments 3 days a week she has maintained not only going to school full time for her MA degree, she has also stayed dedicated to working full time because she could not make herself walk away from her "school kids". Chrissy is passionate about the role she plays with the numerous students and families she has worked with during the past decade. Many of Chrissy's colleagues consider her irreplaceable and credit her with the ability to reach students and their families in ways only she could. Chrissy has carried herself in a manner and has kept her sickness discrete that many of her colleagues did not even know she was sick. That is because she doesn't want pity nor does she want anyone making a big deal out of her battle. That is why a few of her colleagues, friends and I have taken it upon ourselves to reach out for help.
Chrissy has had to resign from her position with the Summer School program, in which she has had such an instrumental role in. It was not without a battle that a few of us had to tackle, in order for her to step back and take care of herself for once. Which is what brings us all here... We are asking for any help, from anyone to assist in easing medical expenses, medications and just simply the costs of everyday life for a person who for years has given her all to help her "kids" at school, who are ultimately your children, or maybe even you. She is someone who gives tirelessly to the students whom she works with to give them a sense of belonging, a pride in achievement and the comfort of simply knowing someone is always there and their success does matter. Chrissy has always been completely committed to her family, the pride she has for her two sons, Nathan and Benaise, is second to no other mother. She is always determined to provide for, take care of and have complete faith in them no matter what the circumstance, Chrissy has been a rock not only for her boys but for countless other kids needing a loving hand and motherly guidance. She has never shied away from a challenge nor has she ever given up on any of her "kids" whether biologically hers or not.
Chrissy has paid to date $7500. towards the medical bills she will be enduring with the her surgery and aftercare. After deducting what her insurance covers and what she has already paid there is still a substantial amount left on her medical expenses in the amount of $9500. With Chrissy's recovery time being 8-10 weeks she is unable to work as mentioned above. We are asking for the community to help Chrissy, who has helped so many unselfishly. Please, if you are able return the favor and help one of your own.-written by: Brandon Nyberg


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Ashley Jones 
Bemidji, MN
Christine Koch 
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