Help me make my mother proud

In early September of my senior year of high school, my dad went in for a regular checkup from his doctor. The doctor came to him with some uneasy news; my dad was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that has spread to his kidneys. This news completely shook my family. My dad was a very healthy guy, working out every single day, eating all the right foods, and taking good care of himself, but his body thought other wise.  I went to Boise State University last semester and realized that I was too far away from my family that was going through so much hardship with paying bills while my dad was ill and I knew I had to help somehow.
But the tradgedies didn't stop there. 
On Janurary 4th 2018, my mother passed away in our home from complications. She was a kind and caring person and would give anyone her heart the day she met them. She was the best mom that anyone could asked for. I loved my mom more than anyone in the planet and not having her around to help me with growing up is one of the hardest realizations of this tragedy. I am only 19 years old and I have had to grow up so fast but she was always there to tell me that things were gonna get better. Now that she is gone, we have been struggling to pay bills with my dad and I working almost 24/7. My dad has his own company as a graphic designer but we never know how well it is going until his clients bring him work to do. 
I am reaching out to my community, and maybe other communities, because with all this hardship in my life, I want to be the person that can look back and say "wow, I really did it". My mom never went to college and I would really like to further my education to show her that I can accomplish anything knowing that she will always be with me somehow. 
I really apperciate anyone who reads my story and donates to help me make my dreams come true. I know my mom is watching over me and making sure that I get whats best in life.


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