Laurel Battles Cancer

$25,487 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 192 people in 61 months
Laurel Hillerson-Spear was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer at age 32 in June 2014. Her cancer has spread to her liver and stomach.

She is a loving wife to husband Steve and devoted mother to 3-year old Fiona Hillerson-Spear. In May 2014, she graduated with honors and received a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from University of San Francisco while working full-time as a Program Supervisor at Community Connection of the Volunteer Center Santa Cruz.

She is a warrior who will fight this cancer so that she can be here for her daughter. But Laurel now needs us - her friends, colleagues and community - to help make sure that she can focus on what is most important: health, healing and family.

Both Laurel and Steve will miss work to juggle caring for Fiona and making medical appointments. They will quickly exhaust paid leave adding a financial toll to an already difficult struggle.

Together, we can help Laurel and her family meet the cost of uninsured medical expenses, groceries, basic living expenses and alternative therapies while she is in treatment.

Laurel is a fierce advocate for others. And now, together, we are determined to support her battle. We ask you to join us to help her during this intensive and expensive fight. She is courageous and she will persevere. Please join us by making a meaningful gift in her honor.

While Go Fund Me requires this page be sponsored by one individual, these fundraising efforts are proudly hosted on behalf of Laurel by her University of San Francisco Master of Nonprofit Administration cohort.
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Dear Donors,

In just 72 hours, your astounding generosity has inspired a total of 86 individuals to support Laurel with over $13,000 in her battle against cancer. The power of community is moving beyond words. We are deeply grateful for your efforts and encourage you to invite any and all to join Laurel in her fight.

In community,
Laurel's USF Family
Fiona thanks her Mommy's supporters!
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Hello Donors!

Thanks to your generosity, we are building incredible momentum on Laurel's campaign, reaching nearly 50% of our goal in less than 48 hours!

If you haven't already, check out Fiona's message to her Mommy's supporters!

Please share the campaign link and video far and wide.

GO TEAM LAUREL!
Fiona shows her gratitude for our gifts!
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Sharon Walker
25 months ago

Dear Laurel, I understand that you are looking for a nanny. Have you contacted the Hospice of Santa Cruz county? You are going to need a very special person to help your daughter as she is grieving, and they might be able to help. Just a suggestion--no need to reply. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

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$25,487 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 192 people in 61 months
Created July 3, 2014
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LB
$50
Luke Buffone
24 months ago
$35
Anonymous
25 months ago
JM
$25
Jeannie Moore
39 months ago

thank you for all you do for newly diagnosed patients :) xo

EF
$42
Elise Ferrarese
43 months ago
BG
$100
Barry & Debbie Goldman-Hall
43 months ago
KP
$25
kristin peterson
46 months ago

Wishing you the best, prayers for you and your family.

CP
$50
Charles Perry
54 months ago

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am thinking of you and your family often. Words escape me, but my heart goes out to you.

JG
$100
Jon Goldman
58 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
58 months ago
KS
$105
Kim and josh Stern
58 months ago

Laurel, I have been following your journey for months and am sorry it took me so long write. I feel sad that distance has made it difficult to get to know each other better, but feel a sense of connection nonetheless, and wish I could do more to support your family-- a family that has been so supportive to mine. I hope this helps a little-- it gets you to your goal. Best of luck tomorrow and in the coming weeks as you overcome the next hurdle. You are a true inspiration. Sending strength from NY, Kim

Sharon Walker
25 months ago

Dear Laurel, I understand that you are looking for a nanny. Have you contacted the Hospice of Santa Cruz county? You are going to need a very special person to help your daughter as she is grieving, and they might be able to help. Just a suggestion--no need to reply. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

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