My name is Judy Jones and I'm hoping to raise money for my friend, Peggy Reed.
Peggy was recently diagnosed with Squamous Cell cancer of the nasal cavity. The condition/combination is very rare and treatment options are limited. She needs your help to stay in the fight!
Peggy is self employed and has owned and operated a small barber shop in her hometown outside Akron, OH for 32 years. She opened it in 1985 at the age of 21. Peggy also worked for several years as a jumpmaster/instructor at a local skydiving center called Aerohio.
She has an extensive background in volunteer work, starting when she was a teenager as a 'candy striper' at Akron City Hospital. She began volunteering time at local rehab centers in the early '90's.
Eleven years ago, she organized her neighborhood to help fight crime and received an award from her local police department for her efforts. She has raised money herself for causes like a local police officer who was hurt in the line of duty. She regularly engages her local elected officials, putting together candidate events and fighting to get better representation for her community.
Last year, she risked everything she had to buy a house in her neighborhood to keep it out of the hands of drug dealers and spent last winter fixing it up as her condition developed, unknown to her at the time.
While waiting to have surgery to remove the nasal obstruction that developed this summer, she was responsible for a hurricane relief effort to collect needed supplies for victims of Harvey and Irma. That effort ultimately produced and sent 7 semi-truckloads of relief to some of the hardest hit areas. She was arranging the last load the night before her surgery.
Peggy had surgery October 18th to remove the mass in her sinuses and was diagnosed with the cancer on October 30th, 2017. She found out November 16th that more surgery is needed before radiation or other treatments can even start. She will need help meeting her upcoming insurance deductible of $5,000 and insurance premiums to stay privately insured. She also needs help supporting herself as she seeks treatment for her condition and will have to miss work to go to appointments and testing.
Only a few surgeons in the country have dealt with this specific combination and she will need help with expenses to travel to see them and find out what her treatment options are.
She is a fighter and if anyone can beat it, she can! She just needs a hand-up to stay in the fight and not lose everything she has worked for. We need her to keep fighting for us!
Can you please help my friend Peggy stay in the fight?
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