Showing the Love for Sharon

After seeking medical care from her primary care doctor for over a year with unresolved bone pain and breathing issues, our dear friend Sharon Swanson sought a second opinion and was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer which had already spread to her brain and spine.  Due to the advanced stage of the cancer, Sharon was not a surgical candidate nor eligible to have chemotherapy.  She is receiving treatment at Dana Farber where she has undergone radiation therapy to her brain and is undergoing a difficult and challenging daily targeted immunotherapy regimen.  Due to her illness and the side effects from treatment, Sharon has been unable to work and lost her job as a social worker this past November.

In June, after 38 years of employment at The Boston Globe, Sharon’s husband Joel has now too lost his job.

Both Sharon and Joel have contributed so much to their local and extended communities whether through Sharon’s profession as a social worker helping troubled teenage girls and families, or volunteer work as a Girl Scout Leader and in the Marlborough public schools and Joel’s as a Cub Scout Leader and baseball coach. 

Sharon and Joel have numerous expenses which have added up due to Sharon’s illness and now losing both of their jobs.  They also have two dependent children.  There are numerous copayment fees for frequent CT and PET scans, MRI’s, primary care and specialists’ office visits, radiation, lab work, prescriptions, immunotherapy drug treatment, insurance, and costly deductibles all in addition to household expenses.  Most recently, Sharon has required a transfusion for severe anemia.

Please consider making a GoFundMe contribution to support the Swanson family during this difficult time. If you've never used GoFundMe before, it is very quick, easy and secure - and can be done right now, online.   If you would prefer to make out a check directly to Sharon & family, please make it out to “Showing the Love for Sharon” and mail in care of P.O. Box 729, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Marlborough, MA  01752.        

On behalf of the entire Swanson family, thank you so much for your consideration and support!  It is greatly appreciated!  

Update-10/23/2017  It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we inform you that our dear Sharon finished her long, hard fight and completed her journey here, passing away Wednesday October 11, surrounded by family and friends.
Contributions to the GoFundMe campaign are still welcome and will help the Swanson family cover multiple medical and other expenses that have accrued from Sharon's lengthy illness.  Many thanks on behalf of the Swanson family.


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