Paigey Pesko Fights Breast Cancer

$8,755 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 24 months
Newlywed Paige Pesko received a breast cancer diagnosis, had a baby boy and turned 29 within 2 weeks' time.  She's one of the sweetest gals you'd ever hope to meet. 

I met Paige when she was in the 5th grade and I was student-teaching at Prairie View Elementary.  Later, she worked with me at Z-102.9, where she became part of the family.  She's always been bubbly and positive and funny and gorgeous. 

Help me support this sweet girl with her cancer fight. 

If you can spare even a small amount, it will mean a great deal to Paige, her husband Andrew and baby Benny.  If you can't spare a donation, your Facebook share is appreciated.  





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Sweet Paige Pesko ends her chemotherapy treatments this week. That tumor? They took a peek at it not long ago and couldn’t see it. That’s how responsive her cancer is to treatment.

The regularity of chemo treatments has been something Paige can count on and that they’re ending, is making her uneasy. Of course, she’s ready for her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows to grow back. But she has 3 surgeries ahead, the first one on Valentine’s Day. They’re going to remove some lymph nodes and determine if she needs radiation. Paige has a genetic predisposition for the return of cancer, which she writes about in her blog (linked below.) Because of this, she’ll also need a full hysterectomy this year. It’s more hardship than the young couple deserves.

A big, gracious thank you goes out to all who donated to our fundraiser for Paige. Your money has not been wasted. Paige hasn’t been working for 4 months and isn’t sure when she will be able to again. Also - the insurance company says that Paige will only need screenings every three months, where her doctors will want to screen more often. This money will help the young couple make ends meet and it will pay a portion of those cancer screenings in the year ahead.

Remember, your Facebook shares of Paige’s story are helpful, too!

Paige's blog is here. newmommybigc.blogspot.com
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Paige's first treatment was easy, she was hopeful that the weeks ahead would be a breeze. The second treatment happened yesterday and was followed by an afternoon of nausea. She woke up this morning and saw a pale, sick person in the mirror. That nausea has passed, but she found that her hair is already falling out. Paige boldly shaved that head two weeks ago, but it's still hard facing that reality of chemotherapy treatment.

We hope the chemo is working as quickly on that tumor. She has an appointment this week to see if it's being affected. Please keep Paige in your prayers.

The money we've raised through this campaign is helping Paige focus on the new baby and on staying strong through cancer treatment. The Peskos had dreams for the future that were put on hold after her diagnosis. Paige will keep driving the old car with its expensive new alternator. Andrew will carefully use his remaining couple vacation days until next spring, when he'll get more. Every penny raised here is building an important safety net for Paige, Andrew and Baby Ben. The bills for treatment have only started to arrive. Yes, we've met our goal and exceeded our expectations through this campaign. But I'm secretly hoping we can push this total to $10,000.

Thank you for following and sharing Paige's story.
Relaxing after her second round of chemo
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Paige isn't going to let chemotherapy take her hair, she and her husband both shaved their heads on her very first day of treatment.

She tells me that she feels pretty good and isn't sure if the fatigue is due to chemo or the newborn in the house. She had a port placed in her right arm and that's giving her more trouble than any chemo side-effects, but it's still healing.

Baby Benjamin is a dream baby, he's quiet and easy-going. Andrew, her husband, keeps Paige positive and has been tremendous support.

She said that she had planned to breastfeed the baby, but those plans were canceled when she got the cancer diagnosis. The young couple will be buying formula that wasn't in the plan.

Paige tells me she's humbled by your love and support. This has been the most terrifying time in her life. The outpouring of love and donations from near and far make her feel less alone.

If you can't spare the cash to donate, your Facebook share is also very valuable.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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Paige tells me that she starts 16 - 20 weeks of chemo tomorrow (Friday.) During chemotherapy, she'll have to keep a distance from Benny as he's given some of his vaccinations, because they could make her sick.

The funds we've raised here are a blessing for Paige, because she likely have to stay away from work for longer than expected. Paige and Andrew were expecting to pay for a baby delivery, but the cost of cancer treatments are a big surprise. For this reason, I'm going to "up" the goal for this campaign.

The great news is that her doctor gives her a very promising prognosis. Paige is young and strong and she hopes to keep running during treatment. It keeps her body strong and her mind busy.

I want to give a warm THANK YOU to each and every person who has donated to this campaign. Large donations and small ones alike, fill our hearts with love.
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Jessica Gustafson
24 months ago
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Donation sent. Prayers to you! You will beat this! God bless!

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$8,755 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 24 months
Created October 12, 2016
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Susan/Roy Ladendorf/Jenkins
20 months ago
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As part of a Secret Santa gift exchange, my friend, Heidi Blum, asked me to contribute to your medical expenses in lieu of a gift for her. Well wishes and many prayers being sent your way, Paige. Os

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Deb Landergott
21 months ago

Keep kicking it, Cuz!! Love & prayers to you all!!

CL
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Carolyn Landergott
21 months ago

Prayers for you until you are 100% healthy !!!

EB
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Elaine Bueschen
21 months ago

Love and Prayers to you Paige. Stay close to God and His Peace will come to you and your Beautiful Family.

RJ
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Roy/Susan Jenkins/Ladendorf
21 months ago

Sending prayers, light and strength your way. Pearl sends her wet puppy kisses to all! In the words of one of our favorite folk singers, Carrie Newcomer, "You can do this hard thing." We love you. Os

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Chelsea Fergen
22 months ago

Keep on kicking ass girl!!! xoxo

Jessica Gustafson
24 months ago
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Donation sent. Prayers to you! You will beat this! God bless!

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