Vaughn's breast cancer fund
$15,411 of $6,000 goal
On January 20th, 2017 Shelly was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive poorly differentiated ductal carcinoma, which means the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. Her treatment plan includes five months of chemotherapy, then surgery (unknown yet if it will be a lumpectomy or mastectomy), followed by radiation. She began chemotherapy on February 10th.
I cannot tell you how much Shelly’s personality has shown during this tragic time. Her optimism, bravery, determination, and selflessness are just a few of her amazing traits. I have never seen anyone find so much positivity, even during every procedure and test that she has endured thus far. She is setting a wonderful example for her daughters and everyone else in her life.
Shelly grew up in Greensburg, PA with her parents, brother, and twin sister. She attended Duquesne University where she graduated with a master’s degree in Speech-language Pathology. She married her high school sweetheart, Rob Vaughn and relocated to northeast Ohio. There they started their family, which includes their daughters Olivia and Liana. She currently is employed at a children’s hospital in Akron, OH.
Shelly isn’t lacking emotional support. She has God watching over her, a devoted husband, two wonderful daughters, her twin sister, brother, father, her mother (who is also battling breast cancer), her Church in the Falls family, her friends, and exceptional coworkers.
This is a time when we can copy Shelly’s example. We can all be positive and show her the support she has shown us over the years.
We are asking for contributions from you in an effort to maintain a positive quality of life for Shelly, Rob and their daughters. Your generous offerings will go toward medical bills, compensation for time off work, child care and giving their family a sense of normalcy during this challenging time in all their lives.
We can’t thank Shelly enough for how she has touched so many lives with her wonderful positive spirit, but we can start by GoFundShelly.
Thank you in advance for all of your generosity,
January 23 at 10:49pm
"Holding space for another person is incredibly profound. When you hold space for someone, you bring your entire presence to them. You walk along with them without judgment , sharing their journey to an unknown destination. Yet you're completely willing to end up wherever they need to go. You give your heart, let go of control, and offer unconditional support. And when you do both of you heal, grow, and transform."
As hard as these last few months have been, everyone's financial help has been such a blessing to us. As planned, we've used some for bills and medical expenses. But there are additional things that have meant even more to me- Olivia was able to finish out her dance classes and go to her competitions as planned. Liana was able to have a fun birthday party at a structured place where Rob and I didn't have to plan anything. It was so great to just show up and let other adults do the work while the kids had a blast (because I definitely did not have the energy to plan and prepare for that at our house.) We're planning something similar for Olivia in a few weeks. Rob and I are also able to take a few days away while I'm feeling ok and the girls go to PA to spend time with family. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping our lives feel a little normal in this chaos.
Medically, things are moving along as planned. Two weeks ago I finished chemo! It was very difficult, but it worked and my last MRI looks great. I have phase 1 of surgery scheduled for the end of July. When I recover from that, I'll do 6 weeks of radiation. Then I'll have phase 2 of surgery sometime next year. It's still a long road, but every step is made a little brighter by loved ones like all of you. :)
I do feel a need to share what an amazing relief your generosity is for our family. Specifically- the funds are used to cover deductibles and out-of-pocket $ for insurance. It helps right now, and again when our insurance terms in July and we'll need round #2 of those. Also, we've been able to easily keep the girls in their dance and cheer activities so that their routines have not changed, as well as a few fun activities with friends and as a family. And, what feels most important at this time, is that you're supplementing lost wages. I am an hourly employee at my work. I've used up my PTO and am thankful that coworkers have donated some of theirs to me. (Amazing, right!). That, combined with your donations, have allowed me the chance to stay home and rest when I've needed it. And I've needed it a lot with the last 2 rounds of chemo. When I'm at work and don't feel well, I don't hesitate to come home and rest. If I just need to be home and sleep through some of these medications, I can do so without worrying about how that affects the next week's budget. You are helping me heal.... you are helping me fight this cancer in my body. YOU ARE HELPING ME LIVE. :) There are no words to adequately express gratitude for that. I thank God for each and every dollar that has been given to our family. And I thank God for each and every one of you in our lives. Feeling amazingly loved. :)