Some of you know her as the big-eyed, quick-witted, super sarcastic, blunt, extremely funny girl. We know her as sister, aunt, cousin, wife, but most importantly...as mom.
Her whole life all she wanted was a Prince Charming and a big family. After many, many, many years of searching her dreams finally came true. She was a single mom with 2 young children (a son and daughter) when BOOM she met the love of her life, Dan Brannon. Dan was a single dad with a full time job and full custody of his 3 children (2 adorable little girls and Troy, his handicapped son, who has cerebral palsy). She was hooked and totally in love. Shortly thereafter they moved in together and combined their family as one. They decided they needed one more to make their family whole...and they made a baby together. 6 kids later...they were the complete Brady bunch. "At last, my dreams have come true," she thought, until she went to the doctor with what she thought was a bad mastitis infection (from nursing) only to have her dreams, her whole world, come crashing down around her.
My sister was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of (inflammatory) breast cancer. They estimated she's only had it for about 6 months and she's already at stage 4 (it has also reached her bones and organs).
With trips to various doctors all over the state, medical bills, co-pays, extremely expensive cancer prescriptions (ranging from 800-$1600), surgeries, and at least a year of chemo/radiation, it can all get extremely overwhelming. Now have that schedule and add 6 kids to the mix all 10 and under, with one needing special care for his cerebral palsy, it's a less than ideal situation for anyone.
Vanessa and her husband Dan are not the type of people to ask for much help and that is why I am being their voice and stepping up for them.
Anything would be greatly appreciated, from prayers, well-wishes, advice, to donations. Maybe someone to help with childcare or rides to the doctor, someone dropping off food/home-cooked meals...as it is well known Dan cannot cook to save his life! Lol.
Most of all, at the very least I ask you to share this (heartbreaking) story with your family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, social media accounts, let's try to get this family the help it needs in this difficult time of need.
We appreciate your time, advice, concerns, and prayers....I thank you from my the bottom of my heart....
the Brannon, Olsen, Woodcock, and Ramsey families.
- Kimberly Elliott
- Sheila Walk
- James Ramsey
Organizer and beneficiary
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