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Save B.S.O. Deputy Flora Michelle

$29,620 of $30,500 goal

Raised by 271 people in 13 months
     I CANNOT BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE I ASKED EVERYONE FOR HELP AS I WAS OUT OF MY CLINICAL TRIAL CHEMO PILLS AND MY WHITE CELL COUNT WAS OVER 400,000. WITH ONLY A FEW MONTHS TO LIVE YOU HELPED ME GET TO DANA FARBER IN BOSTON TO SEE MY DOCTOR. HE TOLD ME ABOUT A NEW TRIAL THAT POSSIBLY COULD HELP ME. THE ONLY CATCH WAS WE HAD TO STAY IN BOSTON FOR THREE MONTHS. NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS DID I THINK WE COULD AFFORD 3 WEEKS ,LET ALONE 3 MONTHS. AGAIN YOU ALL CAME TOGETHER AND GOT US THROUGH THE THREE MONTHS. EVERY MONTH THIS YEAR YOU HAVE HELPED ME GET BACK TO BOSTON TO STAY IN THE NEW CHEMO TRIAL (BLU-285) THAT HAS ALL BUT WIPED OUT MY NASTY CANCER. NOW KNOWING WE COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE MONTHLY TRIPS TO BOSTON WE FIND OURSELVES SO CLOSE TO MOVING TO MAINE TO CUT OUR MONTHLY COSTS DOWN TO WHERE WE CAN BREATH. I TRUST IN GOD THAT HE WILL SEE US THROUGH THE NEXT TEN DAYS AND GET US MOVED UP TO MAINE BY THE END OF THE MONTH. THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND DONATIONS OVER THE LAST YEAR. IT HAS TRULY BEEN A MIRACLE THAT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN APART OF. I AM POSTING A PICTURE FROM LAST YEAR WHEN I COULD BARELY WALK. NOW I THINK ABOUT RIDING A BIKE AND PLAYING TENNIS AGAIN. ALL THANKS TO YOU. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. I WILL REPAY YOU OVER THE COMING MONTHS. PLEASE KNOW I LOVE AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL DAILY. LOVE , HOPE AND FAITH FLORA MICHELLE





   It has been almost a year since I decided to start my gofundme page as I had just survived emergency Brain Surgery and my Cancer was back with my White cell count being over 400,000. The Tryptase blood count which measures my Cancer, Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis, was at 390,000. The New Drug Trial I am in, BLU-285, has targeted my cancer and my White Cell Count has been normal since January. My Doctor at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute smiles when he see’s how my cancer is almost gone. I only had months to live when he started me on my Trial Chemo pill last November. I am only 3,000 away from being normal with my Tryptase count. Imagine seven years ago I was told I had one of the rarest cancers in the world and there was no cure! It would have been easy to give up. Now I am so close to being Cancer Free. Imagine if they have a pill that targets my cancer how close they must be to a cure for all cancers. I just need to reach my posted gofundme goal to be able to move from Orlando to Boston to cut our monthly travel expenses to stay in my Drug Trial.   Please help me be Cancer free so I can help others with cancer have hope and stay strong.

Love , Faith and Hope, Flora Michelle   

  I arrived home January 31st from my 3 month Stay in Boston for a Clinical trial for a new Chemo Pill that Targets my Cancer. I have had to go back every month since to get my monthly dose of Chemo pills and be tested for the Clinical Trial.  It is easy to see how people give up fighting Cancer as the expense of it destroys everything you ever had. We have sold most of our valuables  and your donations have kept me alive. I need to move close to Boston to bring our monthly expenses down. I am getting stronger every day. Today I was supposed to be in Boston for my monthly treatment. Medical expenses since coming home in February have been over $10,000. It has left us behind on every bill. Please get me to my gofundme goal and above so I will be able to move close to Boston. I need to get there by July 30th to stay in the trial. Both of our Bank accounts are in the negative and I need a little support to stay alive. Financial support is great and prayers are priceless. 

In August when I started the Gofundme account I had 3-6 months to live, my house was a week from foreclosure and my youngest Daughters depression had reached an all time high. It was very hard for my husband and I to ask for help but we had no where to turn. The three month stay in Boston to get into the Clinical Trial for the Nasty Cancer that has ravaged my body for over 6 years came at a cost of over $20,000. Without the support of Co-workers, friends and family and not to forget perfect strangers my life would have ended. I am in the final stages of being Cancer free and financially stable. With a final $3,000 we would be able to move from Florida to Maine to cut out the devistating financial cost of Monthly trips to Boston in order for me to be able to stay in the Clinical Trial for the new Chemo Pill that is targeting my cancer. I should have been getting ready to retire as a proud Broward County Deputy Sheriff but instead I will be Cancer free and starting the most productive part of my life. I will dedicate myself to fighting for people like myself who after being beaten down did not have the strength to fight. My husband and I will both be starting new careers and have made a commitment to paying back all of the donations that were made. We feel that for this crazy world to survive we need to realize there are so many people that are in more need than we were and they should have the opportunity to fight there way to a healthier and productive life. Please help me get to Maine and start my new life. We will be forever thankful. Love and Always Hope, Flora Michelle Vouglitois 




I have truly been blessed to have the love and support from co-workers, friends and family. It has now been one week since my Medical Team in Boston took me off of my new Trial Chemo Therapy Pills. My short term memory was effected and hopefully they will start me back soon so this nasty cancer (Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis) out of my body. I am doing everything I can to get to Boston every month to stay in the Trial for the new Experimental Chemo. I am working hard to move closer to Boston so I can afford to go without asking for help. Please pray for me and my family to make it through this trying period. God has kept me alive for a reason and I am going to make the most of hopefully soon being Cancer free. Please continue to tell my story to as many people possible. Thank you and God Bless All of You. Love & Hope Flora Michelle


I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE IN NOVEMBER MY CANCER CELLS WERE CLOSE TO 400,000....MY WHITE BLOOD CELLS WERE OVER 150,000. NOW MY WHITE CELLS HAVE BEEN NORMAL FOR A MONTH AND MY CANCER CELLS ARE CLOSE TO NORMAL. I AM ALMOST CANCER FREE. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET INTO A TRIAL FOR A NEW CANCER FIGHTING CHEMO PILL THAT TARGETS MY CANCER. THE THREE MONTHS IN BOSTON CAME AT A PRICE OF ALMOST $20,000. I ARRIVED HOME IN FLORIDA TWO WEEKS AGO WITH MY CHECKING ACCOUNT IN THE NEGATIVE. OUR ONLY CAR LEAKING OIL AND THE ELECTRIC SHUT OFF AND OUR DOG SITTER HAD LOST OUR DOG. I PRAYED AND THEN MY BIRTHDAY CAME AND OVER 600 PEOPLE WISHED ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON FACEBOOK. THAT WAS WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. I CANNOT THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO DONATED AND SENT PRAYERS ENOUGH. I AM TRULY LUCKY TO BE ALMOST CANCER FREE. HOW MANY PEOPLE I KNOW THAT WERE TOLD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO. I WAS TOLD THAT BY THE DOCTORS HERE IN ORLANDO. NEXT WEDNESDAY I NEED TO BE IN BOSTON FOR A 12 HOUR DAY OF TESTS AND TO GET MY NEXT  MONTHS SUPPLY OF MEDICINE. WE LOOKED UP MY MEDICINE,BLU-285'S COST AND FELT EVEN LUCKIER. IT WAS $185,000 PER MONTH FOR THE DOSE I AM TAKING. I CAN NOT MISS THIS APPOINTMENT. WE ARE GOING TO RENT A CAR AND DRIVE UP AS IT WILL BE THE CHEAPEST WAY TO BOSTON. PLEASE HELP ME STAY IN THE TRIAL AND GET THE STREGNTH BACK IN MY BODY SO I CAN HELP OTHERS NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I WENT THROUGH. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. FLORA MICHELLE 


URGENT UPDATE 1/20/18 - "AMAZING FAITH"
THIS PICTURE IS FROM 8 MONTHS AGO AFTER MY BRAIN SURGERY. THE DAY BEFORE I WAS BROUGHT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS I WAS HAVING SEIZURES. I WAS IN THE FETAL POSITION WITH MY BLOOD NUMBERS OFF THE CHARTS. THE BRAIN SURGEON TOLD MY HUSBAND I WOULD DIE OF NATURAL CAUSES WITHIN 48 HOURS AND IT "WOULD BE OK TO LET ME GO".
HE SAID HE HAD ALREADY SIGNED THE PAPERS FOR ME TO BE OPERATED ON AND HE WANTED THE DOCTOR TO REMOVE THE BLOOD FROM MY BRAIN. AFTER COMING OUT OF SURGERY MY WHITE CELL COUNT WAS VERY HIGH AS I HAD NOT HAD MY CHEMO FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS.
MY BRAIN WAS FINE BUT THE CANCER DOCTORS TOLD ME MY CANCER WAS IN MY ORGANS AND THERE WAS NOT ANYTHING THEY COULD DO. WE KEPT THE FAITH AND IN HOME PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPED ME GET MY STREGNTH BACK. THE EXPENSE OF MY DAUGHTERS SUICIDE ATTEMPT AND THEN MY BRAIN SURGERY WAS CATASTROPHIC. LAST AUGUST I STARTED THIS GOFUNDME PAGE AS WE WERE FACING FORCLOSURE ON MY TOWNHOUSE. MY EXPECTATIONS WERE NOT HIGH AND I WAS NOW ALMOST OUT OF MY TRIAL CHEMO MEDICINE AND VERY LITTLE HOPE OF SURVIVING. MY COWORKERS FRIENDS AND  FAMILY CAME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND GOT ME TO BOSTONS DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE. YOUR PRAYERS AND DONATIONS HAVE ENABLED ME TO START A NEW EXPERIMENTAL TRIAL FOR A CHEMO PILL THAT ACTUALLY TARGETS MY CANCER. THE 70 DAYS HERE CAME AT A COST.HOTEL $6,400 , FOOD / WATER $4,200, TRAVEL INCLUDING TRAIN HERE AND TAXIS/UBER $4,600, HOSPITAL / DOCTOR COPAYS $3,400, PRESCRIPTION DRUG COPAY $900, MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES $400 FOR A TOTAL OF $19,900. THAT AMOUNT IS CHEAP WHEN YOU FIND OUT THAT AFTER TWO MONTHS ON MY NEW MEDICINE MY CANCER IS ALMOST GONE. YES, WHAT I WAS TOLD WAS AN INCURABLE CANCER IS NOW HARD TO FIND. MY BODY IS TIRED AND MONTHS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY WILL HOPEFULLY BRING ME BACK TO MY OLD SELF. I JUST NEED HELP FOR 6 DAYS OF EXPENSES AND THE TRIP BACK TO FLORIDA FROM BOSTON. THE "AMAZING FAITH" BROUGHT ME FROM THE PICTURE ABOVE TO THE ABSOLUTE MIRACLE OF BEING CANCER FREE. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FRO EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE AND I WILL BE IN YOUR DEBT FOREVER. LOVE , HOPE AND AMAZING FAITH!!!! FLORA MICHELLE




12/21/2017- THE PICTURE ABOVE WAS TAKEN AT MY GRADUATION FROM THE POLICE ACADEMY. MY DAUGHTER HAS SINCE GRADUATED COLLEGE. I KNEW MY JOB HAD ITS DANGERS AND I WENT TO WORK EVERDAY KNOWING I HAD TO HAVE MY GUARD UP. I DID NOT KNOW I SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORRIED ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF MY WORK PLACE. EVERYDAY I WAS EXPOSED TO TOXIC CLEANING CHEMICALS, BLACK MOLD AND ASBESTOS. JUDGES AND DEPUTIES HAVE DIED FROM RARE CANCERS. I AM SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD AS MY CANCER HAD NO CURE. NOW EACH WEEK I AM SEEING MY CANCER NUMBERS DROP AND SOON MY CANCER WILL BE GONE. GOD HAS GIVEN ME A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE FOR A REASON. I HAVE DECIDED TO COMMIT MY TIME AND EFFORT TO TELLING MY STORY. I AM ALSO GOING TO DEVOTE TIME TO THOSE FELLOW DEPUTIES WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY. I DO NOT WANT THEM TO HAVE DIED IN VAIN. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS GET HELP TO GO TO COLLEGE. OUR STORY WILL BE TOLD. THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING ME GET TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE TO HELP OTHERS. PLEASE HELP ME MEET MY FUNDRAISING GOAL TO STAY IN BOSTON FOR 30 MORE DAYS. LOVE AND HOPE , FLORA

12/14/2017 - Urgent Update - SO CLOSE YET SO FAR! TRYING TO STAY OUT OF LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I HAVE BEEN IN A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL FOR A NEW EXPERIMENTAL PILL THAT TARGETS MY CANCER. THE COST OF BEING HERE FOR OVER A MONTH IS CLOSE TO $8,000. WE STAY MOSTLY IN A HOTEL IN BOSTON LOCATED ON WHAT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CALLS THE "METHADONE MILE". BASED ON CURRENT FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS AND HAVING TO BE HERE FOR 45 MORE DAYS WE MAY END UP IN A HOMELESS SHELTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THE COST OF STAYING ALIVE IS NOT CHEAP. IT HAS COST US BETWEEN $150-$200 PER DAY. THIS IS THE CHEAPEST HOTEL WE CAN FIND. THE COST OF TAXI'S COMMING IN FROM OUTSIDE OF BOSTON CAN RUN $100 ROUNDTRIP. I CAN NEVER THANK ENOUGH ALL OF THE GENEROUS CO-WORKERS, FRIENDS AND PERFECT STRANGERS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO KEEP ME ALIVE. I CAN QUIT THE TRIAL AND GO HOME TO DIE OR WE CAN CONTINUE TO ASK FOR HELP AND BE CURED OF THE NASTY CANCER INSIDE ME. IN JUST THREE WEEKS ON MY EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE MY WHITE CELL COUNT WENT FROM 155,000 TO 11,000. MY TRYPTASE LEVEL WENT FROM 500,000 TO 180,000. THIS NUMBER TRACTS THE ACTUAL MASTCELLS IN MY BODY. BOTH OF THESE NUMBER ARE THE LOWEST SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED 6 YEARS AGO. I WANT TO STAY THE NEXT 45 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL TRIAL PERIOD. THEN I JUST HAVE TO BE HERE ONCE A MONTH. I PLAN TO GO HOME AND SELL WHAT LITTLE I HAVE AND MOVE HERE TO CUT DOWN ON TRAVEL COSTS. PLEASE KEEP SHARING MY STORY SO WE CAN SPEND THE HOLIDAYS SAFE IN A WARM HOTEL ROOM. LOVE AND HOPE , FLORA MICHELLE


UPDATE 11/27/2017 - TWO AND A HALF WEEKS AGO I CAME TO BOSTON HOPING TO GET INTO A NEW DRUG TRIAL FOCUSING ON MY RARE BLOOD CANCER, AGGRESSIVE SYSTEMIC MASTOCYTOSIS. WHEN THEY TOLD ME IT WAS 50/50 THAT I WOULD QUALIFY WITH THE BRAIN SURGERY I HAD AND THE FACT I WAS SO WEEK WHEN I ARRIVED. WEIGHING IN AT 105 POUNDS AND MY WHITE CELL COUNT AT 150,000 IT DID NOT LOOK GOOD. IN MAY MY HUSBAND WAS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO LET ME DIE BY THE BRAIN SURGEON AS I LAY IN THE FETAL POSITION IN THE ORMC EMERGENCY ROOM. HE TOLD THE DOCTOR HE ALREADY SIGNED THE PAPER AND THAT I WAS NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE. NOW I HAVE BEEN IN A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL FOR ONE WEEK. TODAY I SPENT 11 HOURS GIVING BLOOD 5 TIMES AS I TOOK THE NEW DRUG THAT ACTUALLY TARGETS MY RARE CANCER. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THOUGHT I WOULD BE BETTER OFF DEAD, YOU WERE WRONG. MY FAITH HAS PROVED THAT GOD HAS MY BACK, MY COWORKERS HAVE MY BACK , PERFECT STRANGERS HAVE MY BACK. TODAY MY WHITE CELL COUNT WAS 50,000 AND MY DOCTOR WAS SMILING AND SAID HIS TEAM HAS MY BACK HERE . I HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET BACK TO LIVING A NORMAL LIFE. MY EXPENSES IN BOSTON ARE CLOSE TO $200 EACH DAY. I HAVE TO STAY HERE UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY AND THEN COME BACK EVERY MONTH FOR TWO YEARS. I NEED TO REACH MY FUNRAISING GOAL AS THE NEXT TWO MONTHS ARE GOING TO COST ME $10-12,000.
PLEASE HELP ME GET TOTHAT GOAL SO I CAN BEAT THIS NASTY CANCER. GOD BLESS EVERYONE. ALL MY LOVE . FLORA MICHELLE

UPDATE- 11/20/17- TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE. WITHOUT THE HELP OF COWORKERS, FRIENDS AND PERFECT STRANGERS I WOULD NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO START A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL FOR A NEW DRUG TO ATTACK THE CANCER IN MY STOMACH. THE LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM ALL OF YOU HAS BEEN HUMBLING. WE HAD TO MAKE THE CHOICE OF GOING HOME TO DIE OR STAY IN BOSTON AND LIVE. TO STAY IN THE TRIAL I HAVE 2-3 APOINTMENTS EVERY TWO WEEKS UNTIL JANUARY 22, 2018. THEN I HAVE TO COME UP TO BOSTON EVERY MONTH FOR TWO YEARS. MY DAILY EXPENSES AVERAGE $200 EVERY DAY AND INCLUDE HOTEL, FOOD AND TRANSPORTATION. EVERY 10 DAYS COSTS US $2,000 OR $6,000 EACH MONTH. WE ARE TRYING TO FIND A PLACE TO LIVE FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY TO CUT OUR EXPENSES DOWN. WITHOUT ALL THE SUPPORT I WOULD NOT HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. PLEASE HELP ME REACH MY GOAL OF $20,000 TO INSURE THAT I CAN STAY IN THE PROGRAM. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY FAMILY AS THEY NEED PRAYER. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN I HAVE MY HEALTH BACK AND I CAN PERSONALLY THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ME ON THIS LEAP OF FAITH. 
GOD BLESS AND HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY
LOVE FLORA MICHELLE

URGENT UPDATE - FIRST LET ME SAY THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME GET TO THE DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE IN BOSTON. I ARRIVED SUNDAY MORNING AFTER 29 HOURS ON A AMTRAK TRAIN. I WAS NERVOUS TO MEET WITH MY DOCTOR. IT HAD BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE I HAD SEEN HIM. HE COULD HAVE KICKED ME OUT OF THE TRIAL THAT HAS KEPT ME ALIVE. I FEEL GOOD THAT A DRUG I TESTED IS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND SAVING LIVES. INSTEAD OF KICKING ME OUT OF THE PROGRAM HE OFFERED ME THE CHANCE TO BE PART OF A NEW TRIAL (BLU-285) THAT WOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE CANCER IN MY STOMACH. I HAD TO AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THE TRIAL AND MAKE A DECISION TO POSSIBLY SAVE MY LIFE. INSTEAD OF BEING HERE FOR A WEEK I WILL NEED TO BE HERE FOR A MONTH. WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO GET THROUGH THE WEEKEND, WE ARE MOVING ALMOST EVERY DAY FROM ONE HOTEL TO ANOTHER TO GET THE LOWEST RATE. MY DOCTOR SAID I CANT WAIT BECAUSE IF I GET WEAKER I WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE TRIAL. I HAVE TESTS THE REST OF THIS WEEK, BONE MARROW, BRAIN MRI, STOMACH MRI, AND BLOOD WORK. THEY HAVE ME ON ANOTHER CHEMO PILL TO HELP LOWER MY WHITE CELL COUNT. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE TO THE BOSTON AREA AS I NEED TO MEET WITH MY DOCTOR EVERY MONTH. I NEED TO REACH MY GOFUNDME GOAL SO I CAN BE IN THE NEW TRIAL. PLEASE HELP ME BEAT THIS HORRIBLE CANCER. 
I NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU, FLORA MICHELLE

11/8/17 - SIX DAYS WITHOUT MY LIFE SAVING CHEMO. MY DAILY VOMITING IS BACK AND MY WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT IS SURELY RISING. HEADING TO BOSTON THIS WEEKEND WITH FAITH THAT GOD WILL GIVE MY DOCTORS STREGNTH TO GET ME THE MEDICINE I NEED TO STOP THIS PAINFUL CANCER. A NEW TRIAL FOR A CANCER DRUG CALLED BLU-285 IS NOW BEING TESTED AND I AM HOPING TO BECOME PART OF THAT TRIAL. THIS MONTH MY EXPENSES INCLUDING THE BOSTON TRIP ARE OVER $8,000. I CRY TEARS OF HAPPINESS AS THE SUPPORT I HAVE RECIEVED HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING.  THANK YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS.

GOOD MORNING - TODAY 10/30/17 I FIND MYSELF WITH ONLY TWO DAYS OF MY CLINICAL TRIAL CHEMO LEFT. I NEED TO GET TO BOSTON TO GET MY FREE MEDICINE TO STAY ALIVE. THANKS FOR TELLING MY STORY. LOVE AND BLESSINGS FLORA MICHELLE    URGENT UPDATE - Six years ago when they told me my cancer had no cure I was fortunate enough to get into a clinical trial for a new Chemo pill from NOVARTUS. I have to travel to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. My Daughters Suicide attempt and my Brain Surgery have financially crippled me and it has been over a year since we made the trip. They should have kicked me out but they have been amazing and kept me in the Trial. The drug is now available but my copay each month would be $3,000. Even if I could pay the copay it would trigger my prescription 'Donut' and immediately put me over my maximum covered amount. This would put my monthly prescriptions to be 100% out of pocket. I only have 8 days of my chemo pills left. They help keep my white blood cell count down. I spent 17 years of my life trying to be the best Deputy I could be. My Cancer is triggered by exposure to Mold, Cleaning Chemicals and asbestos. All part of my work enviroment. I knew I had a dangerous job but I did not know how dangerous. I was denied workmans comp and forced to retire. My husband and I found out that County buildings , schools and goverment buildings are not covered under OSHA.  I contacted politicians at every level and was told "Sorry". Now after beating an uncurable cancer for six years I am facing the biggest challenge of my life. I want to live to be there for my kids.  IF I DO NOT GET TO BOSTON TO STAY IN THE CLINICAL TRIAL I WILL NOT LIVE MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT I HAVE RECIEVED FROM MY COWORKERS, FRIENDS AND PERFECT STRANGERS. NOW I FIND MYSELF FACING DYING AND THIS NASTY CANCER BEATING ME. PLEASE SPREAD MY STORY AS IT NEEDS TO BE TOLD AND I NEED TO GET TO BOSTON. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS


My Name is Flora. I was a Broward County Florida Sheriff’s Deputy for 17 years. In 2012 I was told I had Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis. One of the rarest Blood Cancers in the World. They gave me six months to live as there is no cure. I was lucky to be in my own Clinical Trial for a new Chemo Pill from NOVARTUS that I have to travel to the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston. My cancer is triggered by exposure to Mold, asbestos and cleaning chemicals. My luck put me in the Broward Court House with Black Mold, Asbestos and cleaning chemicals. Judges along with fellow deputies were dying from rare cancers. The county chose to cover it up and turn their back on me and many others. In reality I was fatally wounded at work and and did'nt know it.  I could have given up and said fate dealt me a bad hand but God surrounded me with Angels to help me eat everyday and take over twenty medications. With the support of my husband and close friends I chose to fight while some family have been planning my funeral for six years. My Clinical Trial has given cancer patients new hope and has been approved for the general public. The past 12 months have been the hardest. My 15 year old daughter attempted suicide in September. Two weeks in ICU and six more before coming home left me with added expenses. I have been hospitalized 4 times the worst in April when the Doctors told my Husband he could let me die or perform emergency Brain Surgery. He chose to the surgery as he tells me I have an amazing story to tell and I am going to tell it.  Plus we have been beating this horrible disease and we want to inspire others to keep fighting. Close to $500,000 in medical bills in twelve months. Insurance covers major portions but the Catastrophic effects of the past twelve months has been devastating. We have exhausted our savings between my daughter and my treatments.  It has been a battle getting therapists to come into my home as insurance companies make you work to get what you pay for. Now I am not only facing the daily battle of beating Cancer but am 30 days away from foreclosure on my home. Only a few people in my life understand what my daily battle is and that I cannot do it alone. Losing my home would take the will to fight out of my body and surely end my life. I ask for help six years into my battle as I have nowhere else to go. Anything will help and God has always provided for us even when the devil was plotting my demise. The $20,000 would insure the next six months of medical expenses and keep me in my home. I am grateful for every day I get to spend helping my son and daughter become positive members of society. Thank you for reading about my fight to keep on FIGHTING.

Steadfast Resolve,

Flora Michelle Vouglitois
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It has been almost a year since I decided to start a gofundme page as I needed to get to Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute and I did not have long to live. I had just survived Emergency Brain Surgery but my Cancer had come back strong and my white cell count was over 400,000. The Tryptase blood count was at 390,000 and this is what measures my cancer. Coworkers, classmates, friends and family have gave to help me beat this nasty cancer. It cost us over $20,000 to stay in Boston for 3 months to start a trial for a new Chemo Pill that targets my cancer. My medical and travel expenses have been over $50,000 since January. Six years ago when I started this fight I was told my cancer, Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis, was one of the rarest cancers and they were not even looking for a cure. Imagine how close they must be to a cure for all cancers if they have a pill that targets mine. My white cell count has been normal since January. My Tryptase count is only 3,000 away from being normal. I just need to reach my posted goal to be able to Move from Orlando to Boston to cut down the monthly travel expense. Please help me finish this long journey so I can dedicate my new Found Life to helping others fight to beat their Cancers. Faith, Love and Hope Flora
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12/14/2017 - Urgent Update - SO CLOSE YET SO FAR! TRYING TO STAY OUT OF LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I HAVE BEEN IN A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL FOR A NEW EXPERIMENTAL PILL THAT TARGETS MY CANCER. THE COST OF BEING HERE FOR OVER A MONTH IS CLOSE TO $8,000. WE STAY MOSTLY IN A HOTEL IN BOSTON LOCATED ON WHAT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CALLS THE "METHADONE MILE". BASED ON CURRENT FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS AND HAVING TO BE HERE FOR 45 MORE DAYS WE MAY END UP IN A HOMELESS SHELTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THE COST OF STAYING ALIVE IS NOT CHEAP. IT HAS COST US BETWEEN $150-$200 PER DAY. THIS IS THE CHEAPEST HOTEL WE CAN FIND. THE COST OF TAXI'S COMMING IN FROM OUTSIDE OF BOSTON CAN RUN $100 ROUNDTRIP. I CAN NEVER THANK ENOUGH ALL OF THE GENEROUS CO-WORKERS, FRIENDS AND PERFECT STRANGERS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO KEEP ME ALIVE. I CAN QUIT THE TRIAL AND GO HOME TO DIE OR WE CAN CONTINUE TO ASK FOR HELP AND BE CURED OF THE NASTY CANCER INSIDE ME. IN JUST THREE WEEKS ON MY EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE MY WHITE CELL COUNT WENT FROM 155,000 TO 11,000. MY TRYPTASE LEVEL WENT FROM 500,000 TO 180,000. THIS NUMBER TRACTS THE ACTUAL MASTCELLS IN MY BODY. BOTH OF THESE NUMBER ARE THE LOWEST SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED 6 YEARS AGO. I WANT TO STAY THE NEXT 45 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL TRIAL PERIOD. THEN I JUST HAVE TO BE HERE ONCE A MONTH. I PLAN TO GO HOME AND SELL WHAT LITTLE I HAVE AND MOVE HERE TO CUT DOWN ON TRAVEL COSTS. PLEASE KEEP SHARING MY STORY SO WE CAN SPEND THE HOLIDAYS SAFE IN A WARM HOTEL ROOM. LOVE AND HOPE , FLORA MICHELLE
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It has been five days without my Chemo. If you worked with me you may remember me vomiting at work. Without my Chemo my vomiting is back. My white cell count will rise every day without my Chemo. I bought my train ticket today and it was $1,980 for the three of us. I cannot leave my daughter home with her depression. She will be a big help to us. The trip because we had to wait to buy the train tickets is going to cost us over $4,000. I only have hotel rooms for 2 of the six nights. Through all of the bad news my Doctor told my husband about a new Trial Drug BLU-285 that concentrates on my cancer and tumors in the stomach. I am not guaranteed to get it and can't get my hopes up. My story needs to be told. Please send the link to anyone you know. If we have to stay in the waiting area in the hospital every night we will. I have all my furniture on Craigslist as if I lose my life my furniture is not going to matter. I can tell you I am truly honored to have coworkers friends and strangers that have come to my side to fight with me. Regretfully this has brought me to one conclusion. With no news outlet brave enough to tell the truth about why I am sick , that my life truly doesn't matter. God bless and thank you.
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When I look at the world around me I feel very lucky. Hurricane's and Earthquakes make fighting cancer a walk in the park. I am very grateful for all of the financial support. I have been able to slow down the foreclosure on my home and I am very close to refinancing to give me some breathing room. Now I find myself racing against time to find a way to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I have been in a Clinical Trial with them for a New Chemo Pill. It has kept my cancer in check and kept me alive. I have not been to Boston in over a Year and I am down to a little over two weeks of medicine. The dilemma with how healthcare works is if I can get to Boston InOctober I can stay in the trial. The CHEMO has been approved but It has a $3,000 copay each month. Even if I could afford that amount the cost covered by insurance would make me have to pay out of pocket for my other 11 drugs I take every day for Pain, Anxiety and Nausea. The $20,000 I am trying to raise gets me to Boston three times a year and covers most of my out of pocket costs for my copays for Doctors, Hospitalization and prescriptions. I NEED TO GET TO BOSTON TO GET MY MEDICATION FOR FREE. If I do not get to Boston it puts me behind before I can get ahead. I cannot express how much I appreciate all the help I have gotten and it is hard for me to ask for more. God did not let me live through all I have been through to lose now. Please help me spread the word and help me get to Boston. Prayers are priceless so I will accept all that I can Get. God Bless All of You. Flora Michelle
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