It takes Bill.
Bill recently gave his most precious gift to God. He let Jamie, his wife of twelve years, mother of his 3 beautiful children, become their eternal Guardian Angel.
But Bill is now left with worries he should not have to face during his grieving time.
A lot of people in our community have asked what they could do to help and though all the support given is appreciated more than you will ever know, there is a true need of financial help.
The past couple years have been a true challenge for this great family, so we are all hoping, you can join us in the effort to make it a little easier for Bill.
In April 2016, Jamie was diagnosed with cervical cancer. With the most courageous fight, she became a Warrior. She underwent intensive treatments, and through it all, she, alongside of Bill, kept smiling, she kept laughing, and she, not once, asked for help from anyone. Treatments continued for over 5 months, until she won that battle. But, as she can catch a breath, she will also be facing another challenge.
A shadow. A shadow on her lung, which through further testing, would be revealed as breast cancer. Another fight. One she fought hard.
Right by her side, Bill stood strong. Managing a job, three children, while caring for Jamie with such grace. Bill reduced his working hours to be by her side to finally take a medical leave to, himself, face some hard time with his health. His back has been a true trauma for him for a long time, and finally per his doctors’ advice, agreed to undergo surgery on his back less than a couple weeks ago.
Jamie truly fought and never lost faith. She went to Cleveland Clinic to hear treatment options, visits to wonderful doctors here in Toledo, numerous Hospital stays and most recently over a month of 24hr care at St Vincent Hospital, to finally be in the care of Hospice in her own home, so she could be with her family.
Jamie joined the Angels November 19th. She went peacefully, surrounded by her lovely family.
As we all gathered to pay our respect and set her off, we all witnessed the most beautiful memorial anyone could ask for. The generosity we all witnessed from both of them throughout the years, was laid out in front of everyone. The way people explained that generosity was such that we could all think of that time we were the recipient. We laughed and cried. There was a lot of love that day. And we all realized how little it takes to warm people heart. And for those close to Bill, know that is an understatement.
For those who do not recognize the name. Think of the pumpkins your child brought home from school. That’s Bill. Think of the float at the last Christmas parade in Point Place. That’s Bill. We could go on and on.
When a few of us approached him to get his consent in a Go Fund Me campaign, not only was he touched because though the pride of a man as a husband and father would want to be ok, he knows he needs to allow himself to be, for once, the receiver of others’ generosity. While we sat with him, he made a comment a while after that left us speechless. Through the hardship he is facing, he talked how he needs to go through his stuff at home, because there is a family in need close to his home. Again, that’s Bill. Putting others’ needs before his own.
Bills are slowly starting to come in, and it is just the start. Bill will be off work for a while, and then will need to be on reduced hours to care for this children.
So today, we ask you, and this upon the request of so many in our community, to consider helping bill.
Let’s shine the lights on Bill and his family.
Anything is Everything.
God Bless everyone and we wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
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