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Stay Strong Stay Sassy

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Raised by 214 people in 7 months
Created August 23, 2018
32163364_1535077050479389_r.jpegStay Strong Stay Sassy!
 
Our dear friend, Sarah Sharkey, is one of the funniest and most charismatic people we know.  Bringing love and laughter to everything she does, Sarah is the kind of person whose time, energy, and spirit are always available to those she loves and supports.  Having a person like Sarah in your life is something to treasure.

In August 2018, out of the blue, Sarah received a brutal diagnosis of stage four cancer.  With no previous signs or symptoms, this cancer came as a huge and devastating shock. Unfortunately, the cancer was not the only distressing diagnosis Sarah would receive from the doctors.  Due to a broken vertebrae in her neck, Sarah must also undergo immediate spinal surgery to repair the damage and stabilise her neck and spine. Obviously, either one of these diagnoses would be traumatic to receive on it's own, however, receiving two such intense and life changing pieces of news in one week, is truly unbelievable - but here it is, and it is happening to Sarah!

That being said, to know Sarah, is to know that she is an extremely strong woman, and, is more than ready to fight this battle!  Of course, besides herself, Sarah has a lot to fight for being the mom of a young family. There's Delilah (5 almost 6!) and Franklin (3.5) her two beautiful children, and Tim, her caring husband and best friend.

Sarah and her family are facing an incredibly long road. Recovery from her spinal surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and all the resulting follow-up, will be an intense journey to say the least. This is an extremely scary and totally unexpected situation that Sarah and Tim now find themselves in. So, that is why we have started this fund. Our beautiful and amazing friends need our help!

How can you help?

Please consider donating to this fund!  All proceeds go directly to Sarah and her family. The money you so generously give, will make a huge impact in helping Sarah and Tim's family get through the long and rigorous battle ahead.  Mortgage payments, property taxes, and heating bills don’t care about cancer, or Sarah, but you do! Here is one way you can help. Each and every donation, no matter how big or small, will make an immediate difference in the lives of Sarah and her family.

Your support matters!

While it's hard to imagine what Sarah and her family are feeling right now, what we know for sure is - they absolutely appreciate and gain strength from all the love and care you are sending to them!  Through our donations, I know we will be able help support them through this journey in a multitude of truly meaningful ways.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to you all, from not only the Sharkey/Farley families - but from all of Sarah's dear friends and supporters who love her dearly. 

Also, Sarah and Tim would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and care at both Grand River Hospital and the London Health Sciences Centre.
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Looking for way to showcase your love for Sarah? Look no further!
Our friend Jon Kutt has shared his awesome STAY STRONG STAY SASSY logo he created for Sarah - and we are turning it into tshirts!
$20 each with all proceeds going towards the GoFundMe campaign.
Follow this link for more details!
https://goo.gl/forms/PBdU9ZiKx2GWvSCe2
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It has been about two months since Sarah’s diagnosis, and what a crazy two months it has been - from shock and disbelief to anger and then directly into fight mode. Sarah and her family have been through it all.

One incredible result of this shitstorm is the not entirely surprising discovery that Sarah and Tim have incredible friends- the people, care and effort that have rallied around them is truly inspiring. Thank you for being, and continuing to be - so awesome.

It has become clear that many people don’t know exactly what Sarah’s diagnosis is, and what is happening. With Tim and Sarah’s permission - we thought we would share some details.

Sarah has non small cell carcinoma - its primary source being in her lung, it metastasized to a tumour on her vertebrae, three small lesions in her brain, some spots on her liver and on one of her ribs. This gives the diagnosis of stage four cancer. Her vertebrae deteriorated from the cancer on it, allowing it to break so easily - the surgery she received in August removed the majority of it, and stabilized her neck with hardware etc.- it also made her bionic, like the super hero she is.

This cancer is notorious for being ‘silent’ particularly in young, otherwise healthy people.

Sarah has received radiation on her brain and neck and will begin treatment on her lung starting in the next few weeks. The silver lining in all of this is that Sarah qualified for a fantastic new type of treatment that is taken orally - and in addition to killing the cancer that is present, kills the DNA that reproduces cancer. Sarah has been receiving excellent care and has a team of medical professionals around her giving her great advice and support.

Naturally this news and journey has ups and downs - updates and changes are on the daily. But for now, Sarah is at home and receives treatments for the most part in town. Her radiation has left her a bit sore, and her meds make her a bit sleepy. The next steps in this are created day by day - and Sarah and Tim will share significant updates as they can.
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A giant thank you to everyone for all the love and support you have sent to our girl Sarah Sharkey. This community is full of the most incredible people.

DYK - there is another way to send your love to the universe - and this one includes BEER!

The fab Red Circle Brewing Co. inside the Graffitti restaurant on Glasgow have a new beer on tap - and are donating part of the proceeds to the Grand River Hospital's Cancer Centre - they do this in honour of Sarah, and at her request, the proceeds will go to help others.

Go on in and fill up your Growlers with the SARAH - Citra Saison, or grab a pint and send a cheers to the folks you love.
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The love, care and generosity over the past few days has been truly incredible. As one friend called it - dazzling.
We are grateful beyond measure, but not entirely surprised - to know Tim and Sarah is to know how awesome they are!
Sarah continues to do extremely well all things considered and will be back in KW shortly ready to face the next steps.
Your messages of support and love are what is keeping those spirits up! Thank you!
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Raised by 214 people in 7 months
Created August 23, 2018
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