Having had to spend parts of her early life switching between youth homes and being homeless in the streets. She made it her life mission to provide us with the opportunities she never had. Because of her love and determination, there would be nights when she would go without a meal just so that my brother and I could eat. All the while she would have a smile on her face.
Two years ago my mom was diagnosed with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer; triple negative breast cancer. From the beginning, doctors told us to prepare ourselves, that our mom would likely pass within the first year of her diagnosis. But giving up has never been a part of our family's nature. My mom was not ready to leave her son's behind, especially since I myself had been diagnosed with heart failure that same year. So my mother traveled to different hospitals, and participated in clinical trials because the idea of her dying before I recieved a heart transplant was unbearable.
Despite all of her efforts, my mother lost her battle with breast cancer this past Friday on July 28, 2017.
In the end, my mom succeeded in raising two strong and intelligent young men. My brother and I are now attending college and are working hard to pay the bills. As the devout catholic that she was, we want to give our mother the funeral service that she deserves but we do not have the funds to do so, especially after all of the medical bills that I and my mother have accumulated.
If you're reading this, it would mean so much to my brother and I if you could donate to our mom's funeral expenses.
- Rita McGuinness
- Melissa Gomes
- Sophie Kulowski
- Allison Bradford
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