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The family and friends of Pam Strouse are uniting to raise money to help pay for medical/daily living expenses durning a time of need.

Pam & Wayne are the perfect example of true, honest love. We all heard and fell in love with them, and their story..Then the fairytale wedding after 24 years of being apart. Well unfortunately this fairytale has turned into a real life battle.
In 2009 Pam Was diagnosed with a Rare Brain tumor called a Chordoma. So Rare in Fact: The annual incidence of chordoma is approximately one new case per million people per year. A Chordoma is a primary malignant bone cancer that develops from remnants of embryonic notochord in the skull-base. Survival for chordoma patients in the United States is approximately 7 years, but with Surgery and removing as much as the tumor they can this changes the game.
On April 4th she will be going in for a behind the ear craniotomy in hopes that this time they can remove at least 95%-98% of the tumor. This will be her 2nd surgery. She has had Gamma Knife Radiation at UPMC, and minimally invasive surgery@ AGH this only removed about 20%, and it grew back. Lets Pray this her last.. Although this disease cannot be cured it will slow it down significantly. It will be a long day because the Surgery will take about 10 long hours. She will be in the hospital recovering about 6 days.
So In addition to the normal stresses of life they have this so we felt we had to get something started to alleviate some of the stress on Pam & Wayne while they will be living on basically one income through this.
The money donated will be used to pay for medical expenses not covered, and to help with daily living expenses while Pam is off work.. Wayne will also be taking off work to care for Pam for awhile. She is so very blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband and family.
Even though they have insurance we all know this is not ever enough. Insurance does not cover the whole cost. The bills pile up very fast.... and having a brain tumor is not cheap I'm sure! So Let's Give Forward , and do something good for 2 Great people.
Please keep Pam and Wayne in your prayers at this time! They need all your support and prayers to help them stay strong through this trial Thank you
Pam's Words...
This will not keep me down, it is a bump in my now smooth road " Mountain, Get Outta My Way"!! (for Pam) I have grown to appreciate life differently and try to enjoy each day as if it's my last. Love my Family hard, and always do the best I know how. Thank you all so much
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