My Mom's Cancer Treatment Fund
My brothers and I were raised by Ilona, a single mother for many years, just trying to provide a healthy home for her children. In 2003 we found out my mother had developed stage three breast cancer. We were very young and didn’t quite understand the gravity of the situation. Luckily the wonderful staff and friends at Hospice helped our family through the hardest of years.
Ilona remained cancer free for 12 years. In July of 2015, my mom had slipped and fallen down some steps (which our family soon found out would be a blessing in disguise). She began to experience severe back pain, and finally, we were able to convince her to see a doctor for the pain.
Multiple tests were performed including an MRI. The test results revealed that not only had she fractured the T12 bone in her spine, she had developed a tumour with several lesions on her bones. It turned out my mom had developed Metastatic Breast Cancer. The cancer that started in her breast years ago, has now spread into her spine.
During this past summer my mother began to rapidly lose weight and further tests and MRI scans revealed that there were more lesions appearing on her bones. Currently her state of health is decreasing, resulting in a weight of under 100 pounds and even losing 2 inches in height.
The first round of cancer brought on a world of pain for my mother. Radiation and Chemo therapy drew every ounce of strength from her body as it has done to countless others in similar situations. After finding out about the new cancer, she decided to pursue other means of treatment. My mom has been in contact with many research groups and hospitals to try and find a better alternative to conventional cancer treatment methods, but until recently she had no success.
After months and months of research and consultations with Doctors at the Garson clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, she has been approved to go and receive the treatment she desires. However, the financial burden would be too great for our family to overcome.
The treatment lasts 21 days in total and provides her with 8 different methods of immunotherapy. This is the treatment that she has been looking for, for so long. Giving her the opportunity to go to this facility would bring a great deal of happiness and health not only to her but to my brothers and I. But of course, nothing worth while in this world is free, the treatment comes with a price tag of $28,650 USD (approx. $38,000 CAD).
We are reaching out to all of our wonderful friends and family to try and help us raise the funds needed to help her. Please reach into your hearts and help us send Ilona away so that she can return healthy and happy again. Even if you can’t spare any money, please spare a second and share our story in the hopes that others might be able to help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and thank you for all the love and support.
While working at the flower shop, just days before Christmas, my mom took a tumble down the stairs. She ended up with a broken shoulder, a broken hip and a broken pelvis. She spent the entire Christmas in the hospital and my brothers and I did everything we could to keep the flower shop running. Her injury is too severe for her to continue working at the shop for the coming weeks and months. Illness and injury never come at a good time, and both seem to be happening all at once now. The physical stress is hard and it is causing even more emotional stress, my mom's private life has thrown challenge after challenge at her and the mountain just keeps getting bigger. My mom is a very loving, outgoing and social person but everything that's been happening is making it hard for her to be herself.
Before she fell she was already planning on going back to CHIPSA to receive further treatment and she wants to go even more than before after the recent events. We are looking to send her back to Mexico in the coming months.
From the bottom of our hearts we are all more than grateful for everything that everyone has done for us this far! We appreciate all the love and support from everyone. A dollar, a share, just a prayer, that's all it would take to help. Thank you all so much again from everyone in our family, I hope that enough people see this to get my mom the treatment she deserves. She is the strongest woman I know. Her bones might have broken but her spirit is certainly not!
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. My mom is currently battling breast cancer. She is doing many natural methods as well that I highly recommend. Check out Phoenix Tears - Rick Simpson. As well as Young Living essential oils (frankincense) I actually know someone who took this oil everyday in their orange juice and it really does have unbelievable benefits for someone with cancer. As well as all organic juicing. I can't send you money but hoping some friendly advice is worth something. Good luck!
I have always admired your tenacity. Stay Strong!! xo my friend!