Nancy's Cancer Recovery Fund

We want to start this off by saying that we are hopeful, and we can't thank you all enough for the love and support that we, and our mom, have already received from the community. We believe that our mom will get through this and be stronger for it. Also, there are many close friends in our community and we are writing this on behalf of all those who know and care deeply about our mom. Thank you for being in this with us. 
The Discovery
On Friday December 7th, Nancy went to the doctor after discovering a lump in her side and having very low energy for many days. Upon doing a cat scan it was discovered she had two large tumors (measuring roughly 4x3x3 inches each) in her lower abdominal area. She was told they need to remove her uterous, ovaries, and lymph nodes all around that area as soon as possible. That will likely be followed with chemo or similar therapy, but we haven't been briefed on the options yet. Fortunately the cancer is "stage 3" and hasn't yet metastasized to her intestines or vital organs. She was scheduled for an appointment on 12/18 with a surgeon at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle to discuss surgery. In the past few days pain has increased a lot and it seems to have progressed a lot for the worse, so we are hoping they will schedule the surgery for as soon as possible. We will post updates here as we know more.

Help With Expenses
Obviously Nancy is not able to work during this time and it will likely be a lengthy process. She has health insurance and we are still waiting to find out what exactly it will pay for or not. In any case, the expenses will rack up and will likely be in the many thousands. If you know Nancy, you know that while she has never had much, she has always given to others freely. She is not currently set up with savings to handle a situation like this. As her children, we are pulling together to cover whatever needs to be covered, and upon encouragement by several close friends we decided to put together this GoFundMe as a way for our friends and community to take part.

About Nancy
Nancy moved to Orcas Island in 1997 from Seattle and has lived in the islands ever since, while spending some years on Lopez before returning back to settle on Orcas. She is a mom of four, a grandma, and a "Nana" to many island youth. She is a caregiver, a midwife, a gardener, and a musician. If you live on Orcas Island you may know Nancy as the "Marimba Lady". That's because she has played and taught marimba music in the islands for the past 20 years. For many years it was a common occurrence on Orcas to hear marimba music resonating out from the town park. Nancy's signature during a performance is always to convince a random person from the audience to come up and learn to play on the spot, and which point she'll teach them a part and they'll be performing with the band in no time!

"Family-style" Marimba in the park

Nancy with baby Ruby 28 years ago.

With Gratitude,

Learner, Ruby, Lucas and Davis
  • Claire Foster 
    • $25 
    • 39 mos
  • Jeffrey Powel 
    • $200 
    • 39 mos
  • Denise Thomasin  
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Kelly Rose 
    • $30 
    • 41 mos
  • Stephanie Iverson 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
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Fundraising team: Nancy's Family & Friends (3)

Learner Limbach 
Eastsound, WA
Davis Limbach 
Team member
Ruby Rose 
Team member