Katy had a heart of gold and love. She gave and gave to those around her: friends, family, complete strangers. She exuded love, even when she was hurting (which was a lot of the time). She volunteered at schools, substitute taught, and helped with school projects until cancer took away that ability. Some of her closest friends were nurses and doctors because of how much time she spent with them and how much love she put into their lives.
Something that never went away was her smile. Katy's beautiful smile told everyone that she and they would be okay, that they were never alone. The beauty in that smile was always breathtaking.
At this time, the Bantons need your support. With Katy's condition came extreme financial stress. Medical bills had stacked up, and Glenn Sr. currently can't afford to pay them all.
They moved into an aging house in February 2018, and a week later, Katy started chemotherapy, so they haven't really moved into that house in the time they've lived there. Many home projects need to get done, but due to the inability to zero in on the projects, they haven't been able to get them done.
Makayla is starting college in August 2021, and she was blessed with a "President's Scholarship" of $18,000 a year, leaving about $80,000 that financial aid/FAFSA won't provide for. She is now working on cancer-related scholarships, but prior to Katy's passing, there was only ONE scholarship that applied to Makayla's situation; all others required Katy to be dead or Makayla to have cancer herself.
Finally, Katy still needs a celebration of life, and the family needs to pay for other end-of-life services. Due to COVID-19, the celebration will have to wait until March or later because the Bantons want friends and family to connect and not be separated when celebrating Katy's life.
Why $44,444? Well, the Bantons needed to choose a number for the GoFundMe, and Katy loved the number 4, so they went with that to honor her. Whether it's $4 or $4 million, any donation is a blessing. For more information on the journey of the Bantons through cancer, please visit their public Facebook page, In Sickness and In Health, here.
- Patricia Beyer
- Edward Greer
- Rayeanne Owen
- Linda & Wayne Ashworth
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