￼My sister Carey is one of the most intelligent, selfless, beautiful & funniest people you will ever meet. She’s adopted more rescue animals than I can count, spent years as a Disneyland princess and can make me laugh harder than anyone I know.
When Carey was first diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 31, we were all shocked and terrified. Over the next two years, Carey went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as a double mastectomy. Although it was no easy task, she is a fighter and two years later, I can still remember the moment she was officially declared cancer free.
Unfortunately, Carey is up against the same battle once again. This time she is fighting for even more - her two little baby boys, Jake & Drew.
￼When my friends first asked me if we could set up a Go Fund Me to help with Carey’s expenses, my answer was absolutely NOT! Over time though, I have realized this is a necessity. We have to get Carey well for her boys and give her the opportunity financially to explore every treatment option there is. Also, I began thinking - how amazing would it be to SURPRISE Carey and Jon and show them how everyone they love came together to help their family. Everyone asks us - how can I help? And I think this is it. It would mean so much to us for you to share and spread Carey’s story and give her boys the best chance at growing up with their mom. Side Note – Bill (my Dad) & Carey do NOT know we have set this up, please help make sure they don’t find out, so we can surprise Carey (plus Bill lives by its better to give than receive, almost to a fault!)
Carey had just married Jon when she was first diagnosed in 2009 and since they hoped to have children of their own, she went through the process of freezing her eggs before starting chemotherapy. A few years ago, they experienced an unfortunate (and rare!) setback when they began the IVF process and none of the frozen pre-chemo embryos survived. Looking for an alternative, Carey asked me to be an egg donor. Inside I was nervous, but quickly said yes after seeing everything Carey had gone through. We both went through the egg retrieval process, but her doctor was weary of her outcome because of all her body had endured. When Carey was ready for the embryo implantation, she found out she was pregnant, NATURALLY! Her doctors had given her less than a 1% chance to get pregnant on her own. This little baby, Jake, would be known as the “miracle baby” in our family. When Jake was just four months old, Carey found out she was pregnant again with Jake’s little brother!!
When Carey’s second baby, Drew, was only a few months old, she started experiencing extreme back pain. She hoped it was just from carrying around her two babies all day. When the pain persisted, she knew she needed to see the doctor and asked her oncologist for a scan. The day after the scan, her home phone rang. She was busy holding Drew and immediately began shaking when she heard the message. The doctor stated she needed her to call her back immediately. Carey had that gut feeling this was not good. And late last year, a bone, CT and PET scan confirmed the worst. The cancer was back and it was everywhere.
My whole family and I were devastated to hear the news. My initial reaction was that she isn’t going to make it. How could this happen to her again? And to our family? Carey has been through so much and now has a husband and two small baby boys that need her. Despite my worst fears, when you talk to Carey, you can’t help but to be positive. True to her personality, she has the best attitude from the day she found out she said, “I’m going to fight this as hard as I can.” God has given her so much strength!
Since the beginning of this year, Carey has been battling. They moved their family from Hawaii back to Irvine, she’s been on chemo, she’s adopted a raw vegan diet and is doing everything in her power to fight this.
We just received her first set of scans since starting treatment and unfortunately it wasn’t the good news we were hoping for. While her bones do show some healing, the tumors in her liver and lungs have shown growth. Our options are running out. Last week, we road tripped to Arizona to explore another path with a clinic that has a 90% success rate in healing her type of cancer. After speaking with her doctors, we feel this is the best next step for Carey’s treatment. The plan is for Carey and her family to relocate to Arizona in the coming week so she can seek immediate treatment with this clinic. Her treatment in Arizona is set to begin early next month.
I want to thank everyone in advanced. We have had so many people praying for Carey and showing so much love and support thus far. We desperately need to get Carey back to 100% healthy so she can enjoy life with her husband, raising her two baby boys. My sisters and I lost our mom at such a young age and our biggest fear is for the same to happen to Jake and Drew.
Please remember – this is a SURPRISE for Carey & Jon, so SHHHHHHH!! Be extra careful sharing it on social media (block her from your posts). I can’t wait to share with Carey how much we raised and ease some of their financial concerns about the next steps in treatment. Next month, I plan to videotape the reveal and will share it with everyone. Thank you for your prayers, donations and support. I will keep you updated on progress.
XO Stacey (Carey’s little sister)
￼This fund was started by Sarah Cook and Lindsay Hornbeak with input from Carey's sisters, Stacey and Bobbi. All funds will go directly to Carey and her family after the reveal.
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