Three Daughters Fighting Cancer

The Goheen girls (Tessie, Katie, and Becky) were eight, six, and five years old when they lost their dad (Paul Goheen) from an excruciating battle against cancer. A few years later, another devastating challenge came when Katie (the second child) was diagnosed with bone cancer of the lower jaw at the young age of 12.  Soon afterwards, Becky (the youngest) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 13. Then a few years after that, Tessie (the eldest child) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 20. One year after Tessie's treatment, Katie (then 19) was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2016 was diagnosed with colon cancer that had metastasized to her ovary. This year, both Tessie and Becky were also diagnosed with new cancers – Tessie was diagnosed with bone cancer in her upper jaw, while Becky was diagnosed with bone cancer in her ribs.
            When their dad Paul was alive, he was an editor, writer, owner, and distributor of the Wednesday Magazine in Kitsap County, Washington for many years until his final days.  Beth, mother and wife, helped Paul run their business which she continued to manage after Paul’s passing. However, when the children were diagnosed with cancer, Beth could no longer keep the business running full-time by herself so she had to close it and pursue part-time employment. Over the years, Beth worked tirelessly juggling her schedule between jobs to sustain their family’s financial needs while tending to her three children who, at times, were undergoing surgeries and treatments at separate hospitals distantly located from their home. As a single mom, caring for one child suffering from cancer is very challenging physically, emotionally, and financially – now imagine having all three children with cancer.  
            Despite the limitations and challenges cancer has put them through, all three Goheen girls have been successfully living normal lives personally and professionally until their recent diagnoses and treatment plans made it impossible for them to work. Becky had surgery on September 13, 2018 at the University of Washington Medical Center. Tessie underwent surgery on September 24, 2018. Katie is no longer responding well to chemotherapy and the family is looking for other available treatments that could possibly help.
            We are raising funds to support the Goheen family for lost income, ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses to and from the hospital, and any of the family's needs. If cancer has impacted you or someone you know and love in any way, you understand the devastating impact it can cause on your life physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially – most especially when cancer has hit not only one, but four members of the family.
            Every little bit helps.  When a close relative asked Beth: “Would you like me to be there with you?" She said shyly, “I would love you to come, but honestly can you just continue working at your job and send me gas money instead?” We know Beth very well. Despite her dire financial situation, she is always shy to ask anyone for financial help. For her to ask for gas money means they are now in a desperate situation.  That is why we feel led to create a GoFundMe account for the Goheen family.
            You may easily spend five dollars on a coffee break – but for this family it could mean gas money from one hospital to another. If you are unable to give for whatever reason, could you at least forward or share this story with anyone you know who may be able to help.  Contributing is a simple, but very meaningful way to support the Goheen Team in this difficult time.
            As an old Proverb says:  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  
            Your prayers and help are highly appreciated. Thank you very much!

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  • Mike Naughton 
    • $10 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Ed L 
    • $50 
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  • Dan Mandeville 
    • $200 
    • 6 mos
  • Mike Naughton 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos

Fundraising team: Team Goheen! (5) 

Christine Hurley 
Raised $5,404 from 22 donations
Bremerton, WA
Beth Goheen 
Venus/Eulina/Nena Galanto 
Team member
Raised $1,530 from 8 donations
Nena Torres 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
Venus/Eulina/Nena Galanto 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
This team raised $31,213 from 381 other donations.
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