Hi friends. This is Annie, Mandy, Blythe and Libby. Our dear friend Tara, who runs her own amazing local business, Peaches Vintage Collective, and is also an amazing mama to her daughter, was diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. This came as a serious shock as Tara is only 38 years old and has always been healthy and fit. She’s been navigating a whirlwind of appointments for her diagnosis and setting up her surgery and treatment plan. All of this in the midst of preparing for the holidays with her toddler and preparing for holiday shopping at her store.
As she’s begun to get her bearings on all this and wade into the beginnings of treatment and upcoming surgery, she has realized that she is seriously going to need some help. Especially after the radical hysterectomy which will not allow her to work, lift Levi, or do much of anything for at least three months of recovery. She desperately needs the support of her community and we are asking that all those who know and love her donate and share if they can.
Tara has been such a hard working and dedicated mother to her daughter and knows that she will be struggling both physically and financially during this surgery and recovery. She is also determined to keep her business together for the vintage lovers of KC despite this diagnosis. She will need help though in order to ease the burden and she will be incredibly grateful to anyone who may donate to help. Your love and contributions during this time of personal struggle will not only allow her to survive, it will allow her to thrive and continue contributing to small local KC business and even increase her impact going forward.
She is lucky to have insurance but there are many expenses outside of this. For one, as Tara takes time for treatment and healing, she is having to temporarily close the shop and will have no income during those months of recovery.
Other expenses are anticipated:
Living expenses and utility bills
Preschool for her daughter
Copayments and insurance premiums
Post-surgery medical visits
Supplements to offset treatment side effects
Non-covered medical expenses
Surgery and hospitalization
Periodic scans, tests, and appointments to detect recurrence
Mental health care
Grocery bills for her and her child
Follow up appointments
Here’s a current update on Tara’s treatment:
Tara has an initial surgery planned for December 12. Pathology reports after the surgery will ultimately determine if that can be the end of treatment or if she will have follow up procedures and care. Tara is working with an oncology team at University of Kansas Health Systems. We are very hopeful for good pathology results after the surgery and that this can be her path to healing.
Thank you all, we are so grateful to have such a caring community of friends who can help Tara through this devastating rough patch and find peace and healing as soon as possible!
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This team raised $7,454 from 113 other donations.