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Help Patricia Holmes

$15,520 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 107 people in 1 month
Created July 19, 2018
Patricia (Fries) Holmes suffered a broken leg and shattered heel on March 26, 2018. Unfortunately, that was the beginning of discovering further medical issues. On June 28, 2018, Patricia was diagnosed with Cushing’s Syndrome and Adrenal Cortical Cancer, which has spread beyond her adrenal gland to many other parts of her body. She is currently being treated in Kenosha, WI and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, supported by her loving family, husband Greg, son Brandon, and many siblings, in-laws, nieces & nephews, and friends.

I'm Mark, her brother, and I am organizing this campaign on behalf of the family.

The cancer is very rare, occurring in only 1-2 patients per million per year. Therefore, the medication to treat it will also be quite expensive. The treatment will involve chemotherapy, and regular visits to the Mayo Clinic, as well as treating other conditions as they arise, such as dialysis which became necessary today (July 19).

The money we are raising will be used to support her growing medical bills, expensive medications, additional professional in-home care, hospital expenses, and transportation to the Mayo Clinic. Any help for Pat and her family is greatly appreciated.
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A message from Pat

Dear CaringBridge/GoFundMe donors,

Imagine my surprise when a lung scan that was clear on April 1 showed signs three months later of cancer, detecting a Stage 4 Adrenal Carcinoma. To suddenly be showered with love and support in such a generous helpful way by kind strangers, friends and family like you is overwhelming and so humbling. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Pat

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Today, Pat got a permanent port installed to enable better and more consistent medical access to her veins for dialysis and injections. That will help a lot since it reduces risk of infection and will prevent further bruising of her VERY bruised hands and arms. Tomorrow, she will have her sixth dialysis in 9 days, and we are hoping this line of treatment will restart her kidneys so that cancer treatment can finally begin in earnest. We are working on applying for Social Security Disability so that we maximize available financial support.

As Greg posted on CaringBridge this morning, his company informed him yesterday that they are eliminating his position at work, and the family’s sole source of income along with it. Given this, we are increasing our GoFundMe target to $30,000, so that the family can afford COBRA, the mortgage, etc., allowing Greg (and Brandon) to take this opportunity to focus on Pat’s care while considering his next steps. If you are able to provide any funding to support the family, please click on the link below. And a HUGE thank you to all those who’ve contributed over $10,000 so far to Pat’s care. The family is overwhelmed with gratitude and love.

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Hi, it’s Mark, Pat’s brother. I came back to Kenosha to help out, and compared to when we left last Saturday, Pat seems to be improving. Vitals are up, infection is gone, and she is awake/alert. Dialysis continues because the kidneys are still not functioning on their own. Pat still has bouts of severe pain, and today we were able to get the doctor to increase the amount of dilaudid she is able to receive. We still don’t have definitive direction on the restart of the Mayo meds aimed at stopping cortisol production and shrinking the tumors, so suffice it to say that we are still short of where Pat was at the beginning of last week. Her spirits are good when she is not in pain, and we’ve been laughing a lot today in those pain-free moments.

Pat, Greg and Brandon are so grateful and appreciative of the outpouring of support - emotional, spiritual and financial - that everyone has provided so far. Financially, we exceeded the midpoint of our fundraising goal today - more than $10,000 has been donated to her care so far. Any additional support would be greatly appreciated. We’ll provide another update tomorrow.

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Please see CaringBridge.com and search for Patricia Holmes for a new status update.
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$15,520 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 107 people in 1 month
Created July 19, 2018
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