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This fundraiser ended on 11/30/12

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Help in raising funds for our dear friend Tamala Ragland, who is battleling breast cancer. Please show your support with a small donation

Let me tell you about my friend, my boost and new hero...
Meeting Tamala Ragland for the first time in 2009, I was immediately drawn to her by her friendliness and easy conversation. Her ability to make me and my children laugh outrageously was just so fun. She is a beautiful person, but someone so simple that she doesn’t know it. Tamala has two teenage girls of her own and at the time; she had just moved to AZ leaving the girls back in Michigan with family, with the promise of a short 6 months, to reunite again in a better place for them all. She did make good on that promise. This alone shows me she is a strong woman right? We became good supportive friends. She is a boost to all who know her. Our friendship took off.
Tamala is a caring person working as a care giver at a senior assisted living center and also as care giver for a center for adults with autism. I thought, I never met anyone so caring for other people’s family members and I always said, she is definitely in the right field. And I admire her for those qualities about her. Tamala is like the whip cream on ice cream, the final touch. Ice cream without it is just missing something right? I think is the best way to describe her. She is that little extra in anyone’s day.
Sadly in July of 2012 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Suddenly she is now the one that needs caring for. She is strong and young and that is fortunate. We thank God for the medical advancement that exists now to help women who are fighting this battle. But cancer is a disease that not only takes over a part of your body, it can also break your spirit, it can scare even the toughest of them all, it can make you question your faith if you are not strong in it. It can affect not just the ill, but it is painful to all that love the person suffering the illness. Tamala is remarkable in the fact that even while she is in physical pain, she is still concern about me, about her girls who are healthy and strong, about all of her friends and family. Although she is still able to make light of things this disease is working to break her all the way, and we need help to keep her whole.
Since here Diagnoses in July she has already been through 3 major surgeries because of this disease and possibility of another surgery is not out of the question yet. Chemo is coming closer and closer on the calendar the inevitable which is also the most difficult part of the recovery is putting a strain on all that this disease is trying to take. Because of this condition Tamala is unable to work, which has made it extremely difficult on her finances, causing the loss of her vehicle, and adding co pays for treatment medications and day to day living expenses. The financial stress is overwhelming for her.
This is why I felt as creating this fundraiser for her to assist her with the financial aspect of this situation may help a friend who is normally caring for other get a bit of caring too. I think this would help get Tamala to completely focus on the task at hand, and that is to beat this disease. I feel that my friend will not be a victim, but a victory with a bit of your help. I am asking that you please make a small donation contribution towards Tamala goal.
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