My sister-in-law Dawn Cantrell is a hardworking nurse, God-fearing mother of two, and just generally all around great person. Dawn spent most of her life helping other people, and now it's our chance to help back!
When she's not helping other people physically, she's helping other people emotionally through the medium of music. Dawn and her husband Steve play some mean bluegrass!
Unfortunately a little over a year ago Dawn was doing a self-exam and found a lump in her breast. It turned out to be a very aggressive form of breast cancer, but because she got it so early the doctors thought her prognosis was good.
But then before she had even fully recovered from her first round of surgery another tumor was found. And then another. But each one was removed and she's so far been able to stay ahead of it.
And then another cancer, this time a skin cancer on her face.
In the past year Dawn has had a total of 5 surgeries, each time going through the trauma of the surgery plus any chemo or medications needed, and each time going right back to work as a nurse and just in general taking it like a champ.
But Dawn's sick of cancer. Everybody is sick of cancer. Because of the aggressive form of the breast cancer she needs a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to put an end to it all for good. Her doctor agrees. But the insurance company doesn't.
The insurance would rather wait and see if something comes back, and then do another round of surgery and treatment prior to doing the mastectomies on the chance it will cost less money. And I suppose hoping another one doesn't get missed and spread before they get it. Their doctor is appealing, but it's very iffy. The procedure will cost more than most houses around here, up to $200,000!
Due to out of pocket costs and general expenses, Steve and Dawn are having a hard time financially, and it doesn't look like things will improve.
They've decided to go ahead with the procedure on their own and hope for the best, but in the meantime they need money just to live life and pay bills. But mostly they need money for a down payment for this uber-expensive procedure.
So share this with your friends and family. Send it on a round trip through the universe and let's see what we can do to help. It doesn't have to be a fortune. $5 dollars is a ton of money when a bunch of friends get together to help.
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