Love the Barkers

$43,350 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 285 people in 8 months
Created February 12, 2018
Many of you reading this know Annette Barker or the Barker family (Randy, Alyssa, Mike, Rachel & Nolan). If you don’t know them as well, they are a very giving, loving family who believes in supporting the communities in which they live and work in, and they are always positive and optimistic, regardless of what may come their way. They’ll tell you, we are the “Barkers” and that simple statement symbolizes their love, care and commitment to one another.

In April 2016, life took a turn, and Annette was diagnosed with colon cancer.  She endured a very aggressive treatment plan over many months, which included surgery, chemotherapy and much focus on wellness care. With her supportive children and husband by her side throughout her difficult journey, she was on her road to remission.  Feeling blessed and grateful for her life, Annette continued to enrich those around her with her kindness, positive spirit and expansive knowledge of wellness.

Unfortunately, during a follow-up visit in June of 2017, cancer returned and was found on her liver.  She continued to remain positive and endured yet another difficult surgery and treatments to eradicate the cancer.  Again, Annette was on her road to remission and living her life true to this…health conscious, heart forward, and appreciative of each day.

Last month brought discouraging news to the Barker family. At her next follow-up visit, doctors found two large tumors on her liver. They have identified these tumors are very difficult to treat. She has started chemotherapy treatments and is traveling to Mayo in Rochester for an undefined period of time followed by more treatment options. This brings much hope! She is determined to continue living her life and is once again working towards wellness and her road to remission. She’s a believer and determined to beat this awful disease, and WE NEED YOUR HELP IN SUPPORTING ANNETTE AND HER FAMILY.

Given the demands of treatment and Annette’s desire to focus exclusively on her health, Annette is not working. Her husband Randy, although supported by a great university that is allowing him time to be by her side during this intense treatment, will also need time off work.  The costs of travel, treatments, and maintaining a family through this will be expensive. Many of you in our community have already asked what can be done to help? The best thing we can do for the Barker family is provide them with financial support. Let’s do something amazing for the Barkers and bless them with financial peace of mind. Thank you for your generosity! Thank you for your prayers!  Let’s all support the Barkers on Annette’s road to remission.
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A quick note of gratitude to everyone for making this such a huge success. We are grateful for the overwhelming spirit of generosity and love for Annette and family that was evident here. Please join us in continuing to support them all with our love, prayers and focus on Annette’s health. Blessings and thanks to all!
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The following is an update from Annette and Randy:

In the past 24 hours, Randy and I have been humbled by the overwhelming love and support from family and friends. Over the past 2 years, we have received countless cards, flowers, gift cards, texts of support, home made meals, hugs, weeks of meal delivery service, and PTO (vacation donations) from my co workers. I remember all those gifts, they are tattooed on my heart, never to be forgotten. The support from the
Essentia Health Neurosurgery staff and hospital employees helped me get through my treatments.

Our hockey and baseball family community has been our rock and safety net. The kids and their families that Nolan has played with and Randy has coached have embraced our pain, dried our tears, and have given us a "good laugh" when we need it. It provided a much needed distraction with true enjoyment.

To be diagnosed with a disease that has affected so many of our family and friends was devastating, to say the the least. So the news, that my body didn't respond to 6 months of chemotherapy and liver surgery gave our family a "punch in the gut". For those of you who know me, my greatest weakness is weakness and it is hard for me to ask for help. Being ill doesn't fit in my wheel house, but I couldn't believe there was nothing more that could be done to help me get to remission. It really didn't make sense to me. So I decided to approach this as an athlete and proceed with seeking additional help with treatment with my "cabbage juice in hand" Your financial support will help me continue our much needed medical insurance coverage during the time I am unable to work, medical treatment at Mayo clinic, including travel to and from Rochester, hidden medical costs and co pays, and some exciting new treatment plans that are not covered by insurance but will change the way medicine treats this disease in the future. Your generosity inspires me and fills my soul with hope.

In Kathleen Turner's book "Radical Remission" she outlines 9 characteristics of cancer survivors (in no particular order) #7 - To Embrace Social Support. Thank you for being our #7. I believe we are all capable of healing with good medical care and faith. I have always believed in the power of people (the past 24 hours have proved that). Randy and I believe in the power of love. I believe I was put on this earth with a purpose and my mission is not complete yet so I will pray for Re - mission. And to be honest, I really like living. May your generosity come back to you 10 fold. Thank you for helping us take care of our family.

"The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace" Psalm 29:11

Peace - Love - Gratitude
Annette and Randy
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