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Three Daughters Fighting Cancer

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Raised by 411 people in 6 months
Created September 27, 2018
Team Goheen!
on behalf of Beth Goheen
The Goheen girls (Tessie, Katie, and Becky) were eight, six, and five years old when they lost their dad (Paul Goheen) from an excruciating battle against cancer. A few years later, another devastating challenge came when Katie (the second child) was diagnosed with bone cancer of the lower jaw at the young age of 12.  Soon afterwards, Becky (the youngest) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 13. Then a few years after that, Tessie (the eldest child) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 20. One year after Tessie's treatment, Katie (then 19) was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2016 was diagnosed with colon cancer that had metastasized to her ovary. This year, both Tessie and Becky were also diagnosed with new cancers – Tessie was diagnosed with bone cancer in her upper jaw, while Becky was diagnosed with bone cancer in her ribs.
            When their dad Paul was alive, he was an editor, writer, owner, and distributor of the Wednesday Magazine in Kitsap County, Washington for many years until his final days.  Beth, mother and wife, helped Paul run their business which she continued to manage after Paul’s passing. However, when the children were diagnosed with cancer, Beth could no longer keep the business running full-time by herself so she had to close it and pursue part-time employment. Over the years, Beth worked tirelessly juggling her schedule between jobs to sustain their family’s financial needs while tending to her three children who, at times, were undergoing surgeries and treatments at separate hospitals distantly located from their home. As a single mom, caring for one child suffering from cancer is very challenging physically, emotionally, and financially – now imagine having all three children with cancer.  
            Despite the limitations and challenges cancer has put them through, all three Goheen girls have been successfully living normal lives personally and professionally until their recent diagnoses and treatment plans made it impossible for them to work. Becky had surgery on September 13, 2018 at the University of Washington Medical Center. Tessie underwent surgery on September 24, 2018. Katie is no longer responding well to chemotherapy and the family is looking for other available treatments that could possibly help.
            We are raising funds to support the Goheen family for lost income, ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses to and from the hospital, and any of the family's needs. If cancer has impacted you or someone you know and love in any way, you understand the devastating impact it can cause on your life physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially – most especially when cancer has hit not only one, but four members of the family.
            Every little bit helps.  When a close relative asked Beth: “Would you like me to be there with you?" She said shyly, “I would love you to come, but honestly can you just continue working at your job and send me gas money instead?” We know Beth very well. Despite her dire financial situation, she is always shy to ask anyone for financial help. For her to ask for gas money means they are now in a desperate situation.  That is why we feel led to create a GoFundMe account for the Goheen family.
            You may easily spend five dollars on a coffee break – but for this family it could mean gas money from one hospital to another. If you are unable to give for whatever reason, could you at least forward or share this story with anyone you know who may be able to help.  Contributing is a simple, but very meaningful way to support the Goheen Team in this difficult time.
            As an old Proverb says:  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  
            Your prayers and help are highly appreciated. Thank you very much!
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It's been a little over five weeks since our dearest Katie moved on and though we miss her deeply, we are thankful she is out of pain and in a much better place. Her memorial service and celebration of life is planned for Sunday, March 17 where she will be laid to rest next to her Dad.
Both Becky and Tessie have completed treatments and will now move on to quarterly follow-ups with their local physicians and continue their annual visits at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. Due to the type of cancer one of the sister's had this time around, some follow up surgeries will be scheduled to take place over the following months.
The Goheen's are eternally grateful for family, friends, and community who continue to support them throughout this journey. You help light our path through the darkness. We humbly thank you.
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Katie Corazon Goheen, daughter, sister, friend, and Funcle to Andrew, on December 13, 2018 at 2:45am. She is now with her dad, Paul Goheen, in heaven. The two are probably looking down in laughter realizing that her stubbornness was a trait inherited not only from her dad. We celebrate the life and the beautiful woman we were privileged to know, the laughter and love we shared, and the memories we will treasure forever.
Katie was wickedly quick-witted with family and friends and knew what they needed before her loved ones did. She was a loving soul who put others before herself and had a unique sense of humor that most didn't have the privilege of experiencing. She was a talented doodler, had a passion for music, and a love of knitting that was featured on multiple knitting blogs.
The bonds shared between the three sisters was unique in that no words needed to pass between the three for them to know what the other was thinking. A quick, shared look to each other at the dinner table, across a room, or out in public and the three would erupt in laughter or knowing nods without anyone else having a clue as to what the communication was all about. We who share that same bond with someone we love are so blessed to have that heavenly connection.
She is survived by her adorable, protective pooch Buko, the dog she rescued from her older sister, Tessie, her mother, Beth Goheen, two sisters, Becky Goheen and Tessie Mattivi, her step-father, Larry Shelton, and all of us friends who were lucky and blessed enough to be a part of her life.
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The Goheen family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, support, and kind and loving thoughts during this season and throughout the year. Your friendship, love, and support mean everything.
It's been a tough year filled with both blessings and challenges that most cannot fathom. While many of us have been touched by cancer personally or through supporting a friend or loved one, this family has had their year and lives rocked by three cancer diagnosis'. An unimaginable position to be put in as a family, parent, sibling or patient.
There are no words to describe the pain and anguish of having to watch your children fight for their lives. To want to change it, to take it away, to make it yours instead of theirs. But to no avail, this is their path, their burden. The pain is yours, individually and together, personal and familial, but the decision is theirs. As a parent, it is our responsibility to support that which we may disagree with, a decision that is gut-wrenchingly life altering and painful. The soul tears, the heart shatters and as a parent we are helpless. But we support because we love that much.
So is the case with Beth, Katie, Becky and Tessie. Katie was told by her oncologist a while ago that there is nothing more they could do. They could continue giving her chemotherapy to slow the growth, but her body and cancer are not responding as they once did. Katie has chosen to stop treatment and accept the outcome. The cancer is now spreading quickly and she is transitioning from palliative care to hospice.
As this family surrounds themselves with each other, loved ones and friends through this difficult time, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

We, as forever friends and family linked through love, not blood, wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with love, laughter, peace, and health.
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Thank you for the overwhelming response. The family is truly grateful for all the prayers and support. A brief update: Katie had a tumor the size of a cantaloupe removed on Thursday and is now home recovering. Tessie also went through surgery to remove the cancer and rebuild the upper jaw about a week ago. Next steps for both will be determined at a later date. Becky's pathology report came back from her recent surgery: 99% of the cancer was removed. The family will discuss next steps with the oncologist within the next three weeks. Beth is truly an awesome mom as she continues to commute from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA to support Katie and Tessie. I do feel the need to mention Tessie's awesome husband, Casey, in here somewhere. It's difficult as a parent to go through something like this, but he is truly a foundation of unconditional love and support to his beautiful bride. Tessie: You got the catch of a lifetime!
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Raised by 411 people in 6 months
Created September 27, 2018
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