Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

Meet My mom, Crystal - aka Superwoman.

After surviving breast cancer for several years, my mom was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. As you can imagine, this news was immediately devastating! Since her diagnosis on November 3, 2009 my mom has undergone extensive chemotherapy treatments, spent literally weeks in the hospital, put her teaching career on hold, and missed the birth of her most recent grand-daughter just to fight this horrible disease. During this time, my step-dad has been by her side - literally caring for her every minute on the worst days. As if that weren't enough... he has graciously volunteered to shave his head in a public ceremony that will benefit the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Kansas City.

100% of the donations he collects will fund the operation of the Hope Lodge - a place were people undergoing cancer treatments can stay FOR FREE during the course of their treatments. My mom and step-dad will spend 100 days at the Hope Lodge so that my mom can be within a few miles of her doctor's care while her destroyed immune system recovers from her recent bone-marrow transplant. If they would have had to pay for a place to stay during her treatment, it would have cost about $16,000!

I recently spent a few days at the Hope Lodge with my mom, so that my step-dad Tim could have a few days off. The most devastating discovery I made during these few days is that Cancer affects everyone... cancer knows no prejudice. It affects the poor, the rich, the young, the old...

So. I am asking you to consider donating to the Hope Lodge - a place that functions entirely on the donations and volunteers. A place that far too many people have had and will have to call home during cancer treatments. Even if you can only give a dollar, every cent of that dollar will make a difference in my mom's life, my life, the life of a friend... and even your own life.

Thank you so much for reading this note. If you can donate or want more information, please read my mom's story here:

Support the Hope Lodge!

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