Hey everyone! The Calpin's need our help. I am Starting this campaign for my dear friend Sally Calpin. She lives in Scranton, PA with her husband, Robbie, and kids, Michael and Kelsey. The Calpin's are friends to everyone. For the years that I have known them, they have helped so many people and have never asked for anything in return . Whether it's Robbie donating his time and labor to community and church activities and fundraisers or Sally helping at her daughter's dance studio and charity events, the Calpin's are always giving to their community. Sally has always been a second "mom" to so many kids. The Calpin's door was always open to everyone until October when their nightmare began.
In October 2016 while Sally was working with a patient in her job as a nurse providing wound care in a nursing home, she began to experience terrible pain in her back and shoulder. She was diagnosed with a muscle sprain in her back and was sent by her company to physical therapy . Sally's condition continued to deteriorate but the diagnosis remained the same. By December the pain had become so debilitating that Sally could no longer work however her company was still treating her for pulled muscles in her back. By January she could no longer drive and could not sleep. She was unable to walk or sit for any length of time. Sally was forced to go against her company's policy and went to her family physician for additional treatment. Soon after, her doctor discovered a cancerous Pancoast tumor in Sally's right lung. The tumor had already destroyed two of Sally's ribs. By this time Sally was unable to function and in constant excruciating pain. The always smiling Sally everyone knew was falling into a deep depression . Workman's comp was no longer responsible even though she had been misdiagnosed for four months. Unable to work and no longer eligible for workman's compensation, Sally was let go from her job. She began intensive chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor in hopes of being able to remove it.
Now step two of Sally's treatment begins. In a few weeks she will undergo a major surgery to remove the lobe of her lung and the tumor which is pressing on her brachial plexus nerve. They will also be removing one to two more ribs along with the two that have already been destroyed by the cancer. The doctors are saying that Sally will be in the hospital up to a week after the surgery and rehab for possibly two weeks after that. During the surgery the doctors will be able to assess her prognosis and determine if she will need to begin chemo again and how much nerve damage she has endured. It is not known yet when Sally will be able to return to work. I am asking that people give back to this wonderful couple who always gives from the heart and never asks for anything in return. Just the deductibles alone for Sally's treatment are $6,000. If you are unable to donate please send prayers and well wishes. Thank you so much!
- Pegeen Turner
- Jill Tague
- Richard Chofey jr
- Joey Ambrose