Prier Childcare and Future Education Fund

In 2016, our little sister, Mary (Hickey) Prier was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 32. At the time, Mary was raising 3 young children (Ben, Rachel, and Joshua) and working part-time. Supported by her amazing husband, Jonathan Prier, and family, Mary endured extensive chemotherapy, radiation treatments and a mastectomy. This was all quite the shock, but Mary was resilient and came through the treatments with a clean bill of health.

If you don’t personally know Mary, imagine one of the smartest, sweetest, nicest, and most amazing mothers and you will start to get an idea. If you already know Mary, she likely has made a memorable impact in your life. Mary grew up in Dayton, Ohio and attended St. Anthony Elementary (’98 Grad) and Chaminade-Julienne High School (’02 Grad). Mary obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton (’06 Grad) and a master’s degree from the Ohio State University. She is active at her church (St. Matthew) in Gahanna, Ohio, and a wonderful person.

After the chemotherapy and radiation, Mary’s likelihood of getting pregnant again was very low: and so it was a wonderful surprise to learn she was pregnant again in 2019. On Thursday, May 7th, 2020 Mary and Jonathon welcomed a miracle baby (Luke) to their family. Mom and baby were healthy and home from the hospital two days later on Saturday, May 9th. Everyone was happy and excited for this joyous life moment.

All of this makes the next part of this story difficult to tell.

On Tuesday, May 12th, Mary suffered a seizure at home and was temporarily unresponsive. Mary was rushed to the hospital and underwent an extensive work up including CT scans and MRIs. The tests revealed multiple lesions in her brain; and additional lesions in her liver and lung.  A biopsy from her liver revealed she has Stage 4 recurrent metastatic breast cancer.  She will undergo radiation and chemotherapy in the upcoming weeks and months.  

Many family and friends are reaching out to help in any way possible; and Jon and Mary are very thankful for this support. A separate account has been set-up for the benefit of Mary’s 4 young children (Ages 8, 6, 4, and 1 week) and intended to help offset costs related to childcare and future education. Any contribution amount is truly appreciated. We hope this campaign will be a small token to show Mary and Jon they are not alone in this fight. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
  • Cari Kass 
    • $500 
    • 1 d
  • Derek Brazie 
    • $20 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $5,000 
    • 6 d
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Fundraising team (5)

Bart Hickey 
Blacklick, OH
Jon Prier 
Amy Castellano 
Team member
Frank Castellano 
Team member
Jess Hickey 
Team member
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