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The Family and Friends of Dawn Stelma are raising money to help with her battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Please show your support!

In August 2011, my life-partner Dawn Stelma, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 2b. She had just been hired with a great company and was half way through training when the lump was discovered in her neck at the company clinic. She was told she needed to have multiple surgeries and start aggressive chemo and radiation therapy immediately, this caused her to get extremely sick and she was no longer be able to work. Fortunately her company put her on an unpaid leave of absence and she still has health insurance. However, in the meantime, I lost my job due to the economy and have been her primary caregiver.
We have reached out for support through the American Cancer Society, but unfortunately there is no financial assistance for her type of cancer in the State of Florida. We then reached out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and have been given multiple denials based on many senseless reasons, although we keep trying.
We were denied both cash assistance and food stamp assistance through the state and now sit penniless with no way to pay for the current or future medical bills and living expenses. We also sold any assests we had, like our second vehicle, to help pay for living expenses. As if things weren't dismal enough, Dawn's Doctor's offices are now threatening to stop treatment if we cannot start making payments.
We have been trying to have a live fund raiser/silent auction but were unable to fund the event or arrange donations due to the daily trips to the Doctor for Radiation and Chemo treatments, check-ups with the Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Surgical Oncologist, Pulmonologist, PET/CT Scans, Echocardiograms, and not to mention multiple trips to the pharmacy for whatever new medication they put her on.
I know that times are tight for everyone, but we are in a desperate situation and need to try and raise money to pay for the mounting medical bills and daily living expenses. We would greatly appreciate any help, well wish, prayers, happy thoughts or information on social services that may be available to us! For any questions, concerns or social service referral sources please contact me: Erika Hooper 904-866-7797 or ehooper@ufl.edu.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this,
The Family and Friends that love Dawn Stelma
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