Leighton Family Cancer Support

Emily Leighton is a wife, mother and ER nurse, but given her current battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and Bone Metastases her ability to function in these roles has been severely impacted.  In addition to the common side-effects of cancer treatment that make daily activities and routines more challenging, Emily recently suffered a debilitating eye condition (retinal infarction/eye stroke) that leaves her unable to drive, email, text and a host of other activities most of us take for granted.

   For those of you who know Emily and the Leighton family, they have displayed bravery, courage and faith since her initial diagnosis in September of 2016.  Despite very generous support from multiple communities since the fall of 2016 (Family, Friends, Brockton Hospital, East Bridgewater Fire Department, Grace South Shore Presbyterian Church, Samuel Fuller School and others) there is still an unmet need for financial support related to lost income (both Emily and Matt), medical treatment and general care and support of 3 children (ages 13, 10 & 2) during this challenging time.

   Emily is currently unable to return to work in any capacity and Matt is spending most his time supporting Emily and their children while they balance frequent medical appointments.  Any donation you can provide will be a great blessing to the Leighton family to help cover both anticipated and unanticipated expenses as a result of their current circumstances.  The goal of this campaign is to create awareness, encourage prayer and help alleviate the  financial burden to enable Emily and Matt to focus on what matters most… loving and supporting each other and their children through quality time together.

  You can learn more about Emily and some of her story at these previously published links:

Health scare brings out best in East Bridgewater nurse, others: Dec 2017 
Finding Community in the Mist of Cancer: Feb 2017 
Support pours in for East Bridgewater mom battling cancer: Oct 2016 

Non-Monetary Needs & Points of Contact:

1)      Prayer: Please pray for Emily’s health/physical strength as well as the emotional strength, courage and faith for the entire family during this difficult time.

2)      Food/Meals: Stacy Herman ([email redacted])

3)      Child Care/Volunteer Babysitting: Stacy Herman ([email redacted])

If you wish to receive a tax-deduction for your donation*, please send checks to:

Grace South Shore
P.O. Box 511
N. Pembroke, MA 02358
(Please write “Leighton Fund” in the Memo line of the check)

*100% of proceeds given to Grace South Shore for the "Leighton Fund" will be given directly to Matt & Emily.  No administrative or service fee will be taken for donations using that method.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Andrew McElroy 
Boston, MA
Matthew Leighton 
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