When her mother was diagnosed in the fall of 2011 with ovarian cancer. It was one of the worst cases her surgeon had ever seen. The tumor he removed was eight pounds. Think about that a bit. That’s bigger than your average baby.
Yet, she insisted her daughter stay in school. Even though her daughter did take care of her a great deal, she would hear none of this talk of the girl quitting school to take care of her full time. Even as sick as she was, she was still looking out for her daughter’s future.
It took her three years to complete her associates degree due to countless hours spent caring for her mom and traveling back and forth to Boston
On top of looking out for her daughter, she is also looking out for the health of other women. Even while sick, she has been walking with a team called Cupcakes and Cowboys to raise funds for girlygirl P.A.R.T.S (Pre-Screening Awareness Required To Silence …Ovarian Cancer). Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. A big part of the problem is that it is hard to diagnose. The symptoms often do not clearly point to a specific problem. This leads to late diagnoses. Late diagnoses lead to higher death rates. So the solution to that problem is to promote awareness and pre-screening.
This work is important to her. In spite of her suffering, she smiles while doing 5K walks for girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. fundraising events. She smiles even though she has to rest for several days beforehand in order to have the energy for it. She smiles even though it takes so much out of her. But she doesn’t want any other women being told they are carrying a tumor in their belly that is already the size of a full term baby. Early screening can make the difference between life and death. It also makes a difference in how much the person will suffer. Finding the tumor when it is smaller makes a big difference.
So, when a total stranger gifted her a thousand dollars as a random act of kindness, she cried big tears of joy. The money was delivered to her daughter in an unmarked envelope. The man disappeared before anyone knew what this was about. After the daughter opened the envelope and read the anonymous letter, she called her mom to share the astonishing news.
The letter told the story of a recently deceased family member who loved to give random acts of kindness
She very much needed the money to help pay for big medical bills. Cancer is very expensive to treat, especially when it is found so late. If the disease doesn’t kill you, the bills will. The world would be so much better if we had more random acts of kindness like this for people already suffering from serious medical problems and overwhelmed by the huge costs involved in battling their disease.
Yet, if that kind of money was also gifted to go towards preventative screenings, its value would be magnified. As they say: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Finding a problem in the early stages makes it so much more manageable than finding it later.
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