Pictured: Elissa and Hannah, inseparable.
Hannah's mom is amazing. She has a crazy job, she's a dog rescuer, and she's a single mom of two wonderful girls. Elissa is extra special to me because she personally rescued one of my dogs - Bella - who was malnourished and emaciated. Bella probably would not have survived without Elissa's intervention.
However, bad things do happen to good people, and Elissa lost her beloved father to cancer. And soon after that, she was diagnosed with cancer herself.
Elissa's cancer, like everything else about her, is unique and has baffled doctors. In July, she will travel from her South Florida home to MD Anderson in Houston, TX for treatment. And she'll probably be there when Hannah is turning 10... in Florida.
A little girl's 10th birthday is special. It should be a happy day, celebrating being on the threshhold of womanhood. Instead, she will be dealing with fear and worry that no child should have. I'm hoping we can come together as a community and help to make her 10th birthday a little less of a grim memory.
I have two goals for this fundraiser:
#1 - Soccer camp for Hannah: This sweet little girl loves soccer. Let's help her to go to a sleepaway soccer camp while her mom is in Texas.
#2 - Medical bills for Elissa: I know that if Hannah could have one wish for her birthday, having her mom beat cancer would top the list. Elissa is trying to make that wish come true, but her medical expenses are crippling. Can we help her to focus on healing and being there for all of Hannah's birthdays to come?
Thank you in advance for your help. Hannah has lost a lot in her young life. Let's show her that life can be sweet as well as bitter!
Pictured below.... Hannah and Elissa with two of the many dogs they've saved. Kindness runs in the family.
- Noelle Cates
- Kevin Garvey
- Gretchen Williams
- Brigitte Fairclough
- Abbe and Tony Stampone
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