Pennys Pals the Cancer CUREsaders
Penny is a mother, wife, sister, aunt, niece and friend. She has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has been battling cancer in various forms on and off for 30 years. Penny had her first cancer, lymphoma, when she was 34. She was treated with extensive chemo and radiation and was cancer free for about 13 years until the lymphoma returned. She started seeking treatment in Philadelphia at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. While battling the lymphoma it was identified as malt lymphoma. She has since been diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer in addition to the malt lymphoma. Chemotherapy was ineffective in treating it. As her health deteriorated, she was forced to leave her beloved co-workers and job as a paralegal in Morgantown. She had health coverage through her job, but was forced to begin using cobra for coverage which carries very high deductibles. She has begun paying for all of her insurance premiums herself as well as her life insurance policy. She is not eligible for disability insurance for 2 years. Penny and her husband Steve have been traveling to Philadelphia every 2 weeks for a new treatment program called Opdivo for quite some time now. The expense of the trips along with the medical deductibles are becoming a serious burden. We surprised her last year and sold tickets to raise money for some of her medical expenses. We are trying to raise money again for Penny to help her. The money will be used to cover travel and treatment expenses. Her son and daughter-in-law live in Philadelphia about 25 minutes from the treatment center, so she is able to stay comfortably with family while she visits for treatment. Steve has had to miss alot of work to get her out to her treatments. Sometimes staying away from home for a week at a time. We want to help them out with some of the medical debt. We would like to reach our goal of $5000.00. It's a good start, and we would love to go beyond to give them a little breathing room. We will accept any amount. If we can get 250 people to donate $20.00 we will hit our goal, or get 500 people to donate $10.00. What ever amount you can give would be mean so much to our family. Please help us help Penny. Please put her on your prayer lists at church. Thank you for reading, God Bless.
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