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This fundraiser is to help Gayle McDaniel beat Inflammatory Breast Cancer. All funds will be used for medical expenses. Thank you!

My sister-in-law, Gayle, needs help to continue the chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiation treatments she needs to beat inflammatory breast cancer, which is a rare and very aggressive type of cancer.

Gayle and my brother, Michael, have exhausted their personal financial resources, insurance, and attempts to finance her cancer treatments. The stress of their dire financial situation is the last thing Gayle needs to deal with... it's taking its toll on her and my brother. The hospital where Gayle is receiving her treatments won't work out a payment plan with them, but instead is requiring that they pay the entire bill, which is impossible for them. They don't know where to turn or what to do.

The battle with this aggressive cancer is draining Gayle and my brother both mentally and financially. Gayle has given more love and support to our family than we could have ever imagined. She has been a pillar of strength for my brother, who is legally blind, and their family. Michael and Gayle married when my nephews were still very young and she jumped into parenthood with both feet. She has been my brother's best friend and a vital part of the boys' lives, providing love and support as they grew into young men. She's brightened all our lives.

Gayle learned that she had inflammatory breast cancer after the pain and swelling in her right arm began to interfere with her sleep and work and the red rash that had appeared on her breast didn't subside. Her doctor told her that things weren't going to get better any time soon. Gayle had worked for her employer, a local small business, for nearly 25 years. Although the owner was struggling to keep the business afloat, he allowed Gayle to work part time and told her he would do what he could to allow her to work at times when she felt able. Just weeks later, the owner's attempts to renegotiate his business loans failed, driving him and his business into bankruptcy. The business closed, and Gayle has not worked since. Michael and Gayle now must live off of one income and the insurance coverage through my brother's employer only covers a relatively small portion of Gayle's medical expenses.

Any amount we can raise will help alleviate the stress on Michael and Gayle so that they can focus their energy and strength on Gayle's healing. All money donated will be used to pay medical expenses. Please also keep Michael and Gayle in your prayers that they'll be strong in mind, body and spirit. We appreciate every type of support you can give at this time!
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