Support Sonia’s Fight with Cancer

$15,785 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 100 people in 1 month
Created June 14, 2018
The Diagnosis

Back in 2008, Sonia Miller was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. To say that it was a shock would be an understatement—Sonia was just getting ready to graduate from York College with honors, and she was engaged to be married. A person doesn't usually expect to graduate from college and go straight to a cancer treatment, but unfortunately that's how it was for Sonia.

The next two years were very difficult. Sonia did get married to her college sweetheart, Andrew, but they had to plan the whole thing around her cancer treatments. Cancer continued into their first year of marriage, until finally on September 23rd, 2010, she was given the good news. She got a clear scan. She was cancer-free!

The Next Decade

With some of the most miserable days of their lives (seemingly) behind them, Sonia and her new husband were ready to get on with their new lives together. They worked hard for the next decade. Andrew worked as a graphic designer, a waiter, a barista, and a game designer, and really whatever he could do to pay the bills and pay off old college and medical bills. They also worked as house parents, giving all of their love and devotion to at-risk kids in Akron, Ohio.

In those ten years, they also brought two wonderful little girls into the world, Anya (on the left) and Eleanor (on the right):

With the growth of their family, Sonia took a job as a medical scheduler back home in Lincoln, Nebraska, while Andrew dedicated himself to raising their daughters and pursued his creative work at night. Despite the hardship of the years past, they tackled the future with optimism and did everything they could to make our world a better place to live in.

Sonia and Andrew are truly some of the best people you'll ever meet. They are always doing good for others, even when it's not easy or convenient for them. They gladly and generously give of themselves every day. They never have a bad word to say about anyone, but always seek the good.

All this is why it hit like a ton of bricks when the cancer came back.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

In June of 2018, the cancer came back. Sonia was again diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stage 4. The cancer has spread throughout most of the lymph nodes on her neck and chest, and is going to require very aggressive chemotherapy to fight it back. Sonia will have heavy chemo for the next 3-4 months, followed by a stem cell transplant, which will require 4-8 weeks in the hospital, plus recovery time. Among all the other challenges this presents, Sonia will miss significant amounts of work without adequate short-term disability coverage. Since she is currently the primary wage earner for this young family, the necessary treatment schedule could put them in a serious bind.

The Goal

Our goal with this fundraiser is to surround this family with as much support as possible. Going through cancer once is hard enough—going through it twice is devastating. With Sonia potentially missing as much as 12 weeks of work, Sonia and Andrew need support to make sure they can continue to focus on treatment without stressing over how they will pay their bills. Also, the treatment will bring a variety of other expenses, especially because it will involve regular travel to Omaha, over an hour from their home. We want Sonia and Andrew to be able to devote the next six months to healing and recovery without anxiety about how they will pay their bills. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the Millers to assist with medical and living expenses.

The Organizers

This fundraiser has been organized by Andrew's siblings—Matthew, Bethany, and Timothy. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
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We have met our goal! We are so grateful to all who have given or shared to get us to the $15,000 level that we set as an initial target. You are a blessing to Sonia and Andrew and all of us who put this campaign together can't thank you enough for joining with us to bear their burdens.

Please continue to keep them in prayer as Sonia goes in for her second round of chemo this week. Pray that treatments will continue to be successful and that they will be borne up during a chaotic and stressful time. To keep up with her news or get other information about how you can help, you can find the public group "Sonia's Cancer Updates" on Facebook (no account necessary to follow).

We will be consulting with the Millers in the coming days to see where their needs stand at present, so there is no plan to conclude this campaign entirely for now. If you planned to give but had not yet, please don't feel that it won't be of value! Still, getting to this point is huge. Thank you all.
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Hello again everybody! We are about to hit $12,000, and on behalf of our entire family, I want to thank you again for your generous support. It has been tremendously helpful, and we are forever grateful.

A couple of quick updates for you:

• Unfortunately we found out that the Miller's won't be getting any support from Sonia's disability insurance. It hadn't entirely gone into effect when they found out about the cancer, so that won't be an option for them. This makes it even more important that we raise as much money for them as possible.

• Andrew has indicated that the goal of this fundraiser, $15,000, should be enough to support them through the 8–12 weeks of anticipated treatments. This doesn't cover any of the actual treatments or any time for recovery afterwards, so additional funds wouldn't go amiss, but for now we're focusing on the $15,000 goal.

So that said, any additional sharing of this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated. We'd really like to at least get across the $15,000 line, and "getting the word out" by continuing to share with your friends and family will help us get there. Thank you again!
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Hey everybody! Thanks so much for your support so far. The contributions and sharing of this fundraiser has been overwhelming, and words cannot describe how much we all appreciate it.

We just wanted to share a few updates with all of you:

• Sonia had her first round of chemo a couple of days ago. It was rough, and she spent a few days in the hospital. But now she is home with her family, and the doctors were happy with the progress so far.
• We consulted with an accountant, and discovered that Sonia and Andrew are able to receive these donations tax-free. So every penny you gave is going to them directly.

Again, thank you guys so much for all your help so far. Please continue to share if you are able—we want to make these coming months as easy as possible for this dear family. Many thanks :)
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