A Better Bambi After Breast Cancer

$3,715 of $15k goal

Raised by 25 people in 15 months
Rebecca D. Dillon  ROANOKE, VA
Last year my friend, Bambi, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had just turned 40. This was her first mammogram. She was diagosed with an Intermediate Grade Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At the end of 2015 she underwent a lumpectomy - a procedure that typically takes an entire month to entirely recover from. Once she recovers, they will perform another test to be sure there no cancer cells left in my sentinel lymph node. If her pathology is clear at that point, she won't need further surgery.

However, at this point, and once she's healed from surgery , she will have to go through 6 weeks of raditation therapy - between five and seven days a week - as well as take the drug, Tamoxifen, for 5-10 years. As her cancer is fed by estrogen and progesterone, theTamoxifen will be able to block those hormones. She expects her out of pocket costs before medication to be somewhere around $12,000. This does not include money she needs to pay for living expenses for the time she misses work that is not covered after she expends her two weeks a year vacation. Pre-radiation treatment, she has already dipped into her vacation time for 2016.


I first met Bambi when I was selling homemade soaps on the Roanoke City Market. She worked for our local non-profit art museum, now called the Taubman Museum, at that time. She and her friend Abby would come by almost everyday on lunch, weather permitting, to sample my new fragrances and occasionally treat themselves to several bars when their budgets allowed. While the recession eventually took it's toll on both of our circumstances, Bambi did move on to work for another non-profit organization, the Mill Mountain Zoo, also in Roanoke, VA.


Currently Bambi  manages the education department at the local zoo teaching people of all ages about science, biology and conservation. 

Professionally Bambi has been an educator since 1999, concentrating in both art and cross-curricular education. In addition, much like myself, Bambi also has worked from home part-time as an artisan. While I made soap, Bambi continues to create jewelry for her Etsy shop, Happy Tree Frog Studios, when she is able. 

As Bambi has always been a staunch supporter of the arts, crafts people and artisans as well as other various non-profit organizations through both her work and within her personal life, I am hoping that the community will be willing to give back and help with her financial needs at trying point in her life.

I have no doubts that once she conquers this portion of her journey that she will pay it forward to others through her love and service to others. Bambi has always been a loyal, tried and true friend who gives her best to others without seeking anything in return and she is admired, respected and loved by many people within the community she serves.

All money raised for Bambi will go directly towards her paying for her medical bills and medication as well as to pay for basic living expenses including her mortgage, utilities and food during the times she misses work without compensation. 

In addition to this fundraiser, Martin's Downtown  in downtown Roanoke has graciously agreed to allow us to host a benefit show for Bambi on March 6, 2016 from 4pm-10pm. Several wonderful bands are donating their time. They include My Radio, The Floorboards  and Tobacco Apache. Not only are these three of Bambi's favorite local bands who make remarkable music, the members are all also truly fantastic people. The benefit show will also include a silent auction. For more information please visit the event website here .

Thank you for your time and consideration. You cannot imagine the peace of mind your support will bring. And please, please. Remind your friends and loved ones to get an annual mammogram. It is never too soon.
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Update 8
Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon
13 months ago
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As predicted by her doctors, Bambi's radiation burns have intensified. She describes them as really red, crispy, and itchy and of course painful. She's gotten some great advice on products to use from others who've been through similar circumstances and is very grateful for all the support and warm wishes she's received so far.

While the radiation treatments have ended, however, she does continue to have bills pile up monthly. Her husband also lost his job around the same day of her benefit show. If you can help in some small way it would make a huge difference in her spirit - and in turn her health - to not have to worry and stress so greatly over how to pay for everything moving forward.
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Update 7
Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon
13 months ago
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Bambi has completed her radiation treatments and is doing well. However, she is expected to have increasing redness and pain for about two weeks after the radiation treatments ended. Please keep her in your thoughts!
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon
14 months ago
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Bambi has radiation everyday this week. Today marks the fourth day this week since beginning radiation last week and she is starting to feel the effects of the radiation treatments. She has begun feeling tired and the areas affected by the radiation have become sore with some minor redness. Her spirits, however, are still high and she's determined to make it her benefit show on March 6th. You can learn more about her benefit show here: http://forabetterbambi.weebly.com
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon
14 months ago
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Due to snow on Monday, Bambi had her first radiation treatment today, Wed, February 17th. So far so good... Please keep her in your thoughts as the treatments continue for the next several weeks.
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$3,715 of $15k goal

Raised by 25 people in 15 months
Created January 18, 2016
Rebecca D. Dillon  
LC
$25
Lynn Crawford
8 months ago

Hi Bambi. I read about you on the Soap Deli News page. I hope you're healing fast and feeling good. Best wishes for a complete, speedy and permanent recovery :) You look great!

CR
$100
Chriss Davies Ross
13 months ago
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BS
$2,500
Benefit Show
13 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Money raised by a lot of wonderful and supportive members of the community at our benefit show and silent auction for Bambi on March 6th, 2016!

PB
$30
Paige Barbush
13 months ago
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SJ
$25
Stephen Johnson
13 months ago
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Best wishes for a full and rapid recovery

FD
$50
Fleta Dillon
14 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$35
Anonymous
14 months ago
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$60
Anonymous
14 months ago
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KM
$100
Katie McKernan
14 months ago
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CF
$25
Christyne Fitzgerald
14 months ago
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You are awesome and a rock star, Bambi!!! ♥

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