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The family and friends of Jo Ellen Washington are uniting to raise money to help in her fight against Multiple Myeloma. Thank you!

In January 2012, Jo Ellen Washington, 64 years old at the time, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma Cancer. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that doctors say is not curable, but highly treatable. Although this news was devastating to Jo Ellen, her husband and children, she began her fight to survive immediately and has endured 9 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy thus far.

She has responded very well to the chemotherapy and has become an excellent candidate for a stem-cell transplant. Doctors will remove her stem cells, give her high-dose chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells (which will also destroy her ability to make blood for awhile), and then her stored stem cells will be given back to her intravenously and will produce healthy new blood cells.

After a series of medical tests to ensure her body is strong enough to endure the whole transplant process, Jo Ellen, who currently resides in Southern Maryland, will be traveling to Atlanta, GA this August for her transplant and will be there for at least 6-8 weeks post-surgery. She may even need a second transplant depending on how well her body responds to the first one.

As you can imagine, this unexpected life obstacle will take quite a toll on Jo Ellen and her family physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. She needs a caregiver with her at all times while she is in Atlanta and when she returns home. She will also need to maintain her home in Maryland as well as her temporary home in Georgia, all while living on a fixed income (Jo Ellen and her husband are both retired). Finances are a worry we would like to take away from her, so that she can focus solely on living and surviving.

Jo Ellen is an inspiration to all who know her. She never complains about her struggle and has a smile on her face even on her toughest days. Thank you all for your donations, support, and mostly prayers. We believe in miracles and are expecting them everyday. She just celebrated her 65th birthday and we look forward to celebrating many, many more!

God bless you!

The family of Jo Ellen Washington,
Willie Sr., Willie Jr., Theresa, Laverne and Alita
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