Kelsie's Cancer Expense Fund

$11,965 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 127 people in 3 months
Created June 3, 2018
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." Coretta Scott King

Most young couples in the days leading up to the slow procession down the aisle are filled with last minute worries, the rush of nerves, butterflies of excitement; the thrill of anticipation about the future and all that it will hold for them.

For Kelsie (Sinnock) and Justin Johnson those few days were a little different.


It was only a couple days before her wedding that Kelsie learned that the ongoing stomach pains and the bizarre lump she’d found in her midsection were most likely due to cancer. A biopsy suggested colon cancer which had metastasized to her liver. She couldn’t know anything for sure until she met with the oncologist the week following but the suggestion was there was very little “maybe” left in what she’d been told.

Of course, if you know Kelsie, you can imagine this didn’t seem to put a cloud over the special day that she’d been hoping, waiting, and planning for since the birth of her and her now husband, Justin’s, first daughter, Anna. In fact, so radiant was our bride friend, that the rain which had persisted for days, cleared away, offering her the bluest of skies and the friendliest of yellow suns beneath which to say her vows.

Just a few short days after their wedding, Kelsie and Justin made their way to Burlington to meet with the oncologist. The cancer was confirmed - stage 4 colon cancer - and a plan was made. She would have a port put into her chest and begin chemotherapy as soon as possible; treatments would take place once every two weeks for a period of three months. 

These treatments have continued, through some difficulties here and there but mostly - and gratefully - with little complication for the last months. Months in which Kelsie has been amazingly and surprisingly strong and resilient, months in which she seemed to need little and asked for less. 

Despite and throughout periods of fatigue and nausea, she has continued to care for her two children - Anna, who is now 3, and Olivia, now 1. 


In the immediate future, however, Kelsie and Justin's story is about to take a turn that is both exciting and slightly more difficult. The good news is that Kelsie's cancer has slowly improved, one half centimeter at a time, to the point that she is able to now have surgery on her colon and hopefully later (after further improvement), on her liver. The more difficult news is that this means Kelsie and Justin are looking at spending up to a week at a time away from home in NYC while Kelsie undergoes surgery at Memorial Sloan Kittering and then several weeks of round the clock care when she returns. At this point it is likely she will have this surgery two or more times. 

Those of us who are standing with the Johnson family have come together to build this fundraising page in hopes of easing some of the financial burden on the Johnson family as they move forward. 

These funds will be used to help with costs not covered by insurance: the cost of hotels for family members who will be staying with Kelsie in New York, the cost of childcare, any and all costs associated with her care and with childcare when Kelsie returns from surgery in New York, the cost of groceries and gas, of housekeeping, etc., etc. 

Y'all, cancer is an expensive beast. 

We all, and espeically the Johnson family, appreciate your support.

**If you feel unable to donate monetarily but are interested in supporting the Johnson family as they work to successfully come through this challenging period in their lives, please leave a comment with an email address and someone will contact you. Other great ways to offer support are to purchase a prepared grocery shopping list, donate quality used kids’ clothes, gift certificates, etc.**
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Ladies and Gentlemen! My apologies for the long delay in getting this update to you! I assure you, it's been worth the wait!

As you know, Kelsie has her first surgery this past Wednesday, June 13. The surgery went well! They were able to remove all of the cancer from her colon and affected lymph nodes. There were no signs of additional tumors and the placement of the chemo pump went according to plan.

Since then she has been recovering well and without incident. Each day she is stronger, progressing from bed to short walks, from short walks to enjoying the craft room at the hospital with her mother. She's easing her way back on to solid food successfully and the epidural comes out next.

Through out it all, she has remained the beacon of positivity and strength that we have seen since the beginning. She truly is amazing!

As you can see, we have more than met our goal here with this fundraiser! You are to be commended for your good work in relieving this family of some of the immediate burden facing them. What an awesome community surrounds the Johnson family. Which is a phenomenal gift because, while Kelsie is doing well, there is still a long road ahead of her. She will be in need of much care in the weeks ahead, as will her family. And this is only the first of these surgeries. Feel free to continue to share this page.

Thank you all! I'll be in touch as things progress.
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Such an amazing response of community and love! Kelsie tells us that some of the donors on this list are people she and her family don’t even know personally. What a beautiful reminder that our world is a kind and compassionate one in which to live.

So far this fundraiser has raised $7335 in 6 days thanks to the generous support of 86 people and 392 shares across Facebook! Thank you!

Kelsie is scheduled for her first surgery on Wednesday, the 13th at Memorial Sloan Kittering. We’re believing for the best. Check here for updates.

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In less than 48-hours, with 110 shares on Facebook, a total of 40 donors have come together so far to raise $3215! That’s roughly 1/3 of the goal we have set!

While we share this page with our friends and they pass it on to theirs, Kelsie and her mom are in New York City for her pre-op visit before the first surgery on the 13th. Your generosity and outpouring of love has moved her to tears more than once.

Thank you! Please continue to share this page - even if you have already made a gift yourself. The more people who get involved, the less stress and pressure the Johnson family will be under, allowing them all to focus on the good work of healing! ❤️
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Raised by 127 people in 3 months
Created June 3, 2018
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