Rhonda Peterson Memorial Fund

$4,005 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 20 months
Rhonda Peterson is, was, and always will be the brightest light in any room. She was selfless, funny, kind-hearted, loving, and absolutely beautiful - inside and out. Rhonda was your friend, your cousin, your soul sister, your patient, or your confidant. Her infectious love of life was contagious. For all of us who had the privilege and honor of knowing Rhonda, we were the lucky ones.
So many of Rhonda's TRIBE members have asked- What can I do? Can you think of anything I can contribute? What does Brenda need? Tell me if there is anything I can do to help.
The opportunity has arrived.

Anyone who knew Rhonda, knows that she had a huge heart and would help anyone who needed it. The time has come for us to give back in a big way. Please consider helping Rhonda's mom, Brenda.

As you can imagine, she is grieving right now and the last thing we want her to worry about is finances. Rhonda left a legacy of worldly love without worldly possessions.
Her 5 year battle robbed her not only of her life but also decimated her financially and ultimately her mom who was by her side supporting her through her fight. However, that never stopped Rhonda from generously giving of herself and sacrificing to help others whenever and however she was able. She was a real example of giving without expectation of return.

Our hope is to return the favor and raise funds for end of life costs + to leave monies for Brenda to plot her course in life without having to struggle. Rhonda frequently worried about her mother's care and finances once she was no longer here to help her. Now we; as those that knew Rhonda {Her TRIBE}, were somehow touched by her, and loved her for who she was and everything she represents, have the opportunity to give back in a way that would be paramount. We can do this for her by removing some of the financial burden that is facing her mother Brenda Peterson in the wake of Rhonda's passing.

Your contribution, however big or small, is greatly appreciated.
Most of you have followed Rhonda's journey on Facebook.
If not, here is her story--
Rhonda was taken from us far too soon, but she left quite an incredible mark on this world leaving it more beautiful than she found it. To know her was to love her. On November 24th, 2016, Thanksgiving morning, Rhonda lost her 5+ year battle with cancer. We are heartbroken and struggling to accept that she's gone, but we know her spirit will never truly leave us. Rhonda courageously fought liver cancer for a little over five years. She was fearless, strong, and brave beyond words. When she was diagnosed she never, never, ever complained but rather took the challenge with unparalleled courage and grace. She taught us how to live and she taught us how to meet life's most difficult challenges.
The last two weeks of Rhonda's battle was an emotional ride for this tribe.  Rhonda was cancer free for several months and was able to take a much needed break from chemotherapy. On October 11, 2016 the results from Rhonda's scan confirmed a tumor in the liver. Doctors presented options for the next step. Ablation was voted the best choice. This was treatment that uses imaging guidance to place a needle electrode through the skin into a liver tumor. High-frequency electrical currents were passed through the electrode, that destroys the cancer cells. The ablation procedure was scheduled for the morning of November 7, 2016. Procedure went beautifully. The doctors felt good about the surgery. She was sent home. Rhonda's liver went into shock late Wednesday night (11/9) which caused liver failure. Rhonda was admitted back to Duke University at this time. Rhonda spent 8 days in Durham. Her liver recovered from failure and moved to liver dysfunction. She was monitored closely as we watched her liver numbers drop. Having good days and bad days, peaks and valleys she fought with all she had. On November 17th, Rhonda was able to be moved from Duke to The Laurels of Hendersonville.

If sending money electronically is not your cup of tea, feel free to  contact us for an alternative. 
TRIBE I am asking you to open your hearts and help us with this mission. As Rhonda's dear friend, I have vowed to help this campaign to be a success. Please GIVE, SHARE, and SPREAD THE WORD on how to help. This would mean the world to Brenda {and Rhonda}. Any amount given toward this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need to reach out to me in anyway please feel free to do so.  My sincere hope is for the love that Rhonda expressed freely to others will return to her, thus helping Brenda to manage life’s unexpected moments.

I want to thank you in advance for being a contributor, whether it's giving to or sharing the cause. We love you and will miss you to the moon and back, Rhonda- This is our way of giving back to all of us that you have given to over the years.
-Heather Burleson

Rhonda Peterson's Obituary

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44 Donations. 313 Shares.
$3,240 Total Raised So Far.

YOUR Generosity makes ALL of this possible. Each day that passes I'm still learning of the depth of Rhonda's TRIBE. Many of you have given. Many have shared. We appreciate every single dollar. Saying thank you cannot begin to be enough.

What a beautiful memorial service for our angel, Rhonda Peterson yesterday. So much LOVE found in one room for this special person who left our world too soon. Yesterday was a reminder of all that Rhonda was to SO very many of us. Just how special she really was and how many people her journey impacted.

Throughout the service it was said many times that Rhonda's wish was for her mother, Brenda to be taken care of. Even though the service has come and gone---We are still dedicated to give every last effort to help Brenda get back on her feet. Wanted to send another reminder as we begin this week to share and/or give to this special fund we have sent up for Brenda. This is your opportunity to give back to Rhonda!

Remember: It's not how much we give it's the LOVE we put into giving! Every dollar, every cent...counts.

Find the JOY in the JOURNEY this week!
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M A N Y . T H A N K S!

God is good. We prayed for God to bless this account before it went "live". We have reached a great milestone in our campaign and we wanted to tribe to know about it! Without the help of YOU- giving, supporting, and sharing we would not have made such progress in helping our sweet Rhonda's mother Brenda.

We hit the $2,500 mark this afternoon + our page has been shared 227 times. Thank you for what you have done and will continue to do as we get closer to our end goal.

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together!" -VVG ~~Every dollar counts!
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$4,005 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 20 months
Created November 29, 2016
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8 months ago
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Bette Dale
18 months ago

Donation in the name of Heather Burleson and Hannah Pierce.

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19 months ago
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20 months ago
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20 months ago
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Kathy Hoyle
20 months ago

What a beautiful lady taken from us way to soon. God must have needed another Angel in heaven. RIP lovely.

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