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Please help Helgah in her fight against metastatic pancreatic cancer!

Family, friends and friends of friends,

As many of you all know, Helgah has recently been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her symptoms originally started back in Saipan and despite many visits to the local hospital, her symptoms went undiagnosed for many months. Regardless of her pain and inability to eat, she decided to board a plane in Saipan to travel here to the United States to watch her oldest son Chris get married to Christine. She arrived to the United States on May 11, 2012. This was the first time that Chris had seen his mother in six years, but immediately he knew she did not look well. They decided to take her to Fairfax Hospital where imaging reports revealed a small bowel obstruction and she was taken into surgery. The pathology report came back as a metastatic adenocarcinoma of the small bowel with the pancreas being the primary cancer. Unfortunately, because she was still in the hospital, Helgah ended up missing the wedding, but was able to watch it on the computer thanks to Skype. She is currently receiving chemotherapy every couple weeks and is doing okay. Helgah continues to rely on her faith and God to get her through this tough time.

Why we need your help...

Given that Helgah is not from the United States, she has no health insurance. She has accumulated several medical bills including hospital stays, surgery, chemotherapy, medications, doctors visits, etc. Helgah also has two younger children, Godiva (16) and Nathaniel (8), who both live in Saipan and are currently here visiting their mother. Eventually, both children are planning on returning to Saipan. Also, Helgah would love to go home and visit family and friends sometime between chemotherapy rounds. Airfare between the United States and Saipan runs about $2000.00 per ticket. The costs to maintain daily living expenses while she fights this cancer are continually mounting. It is important that Helgah and her family focus all of their energy and strength on fighting this battle, and not on how they are going to pay for it. We are raising money to help offset and assist with these expenses. Our hope is that we alleviate that financial burden so Helgah can concentrate on getting better. We can't change this disease, but we can change how she fights it! Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and God Bless,

Helgah, Chris, Christine, Gabe, Godiva and Nathaniel

Please note:

Many people have asked if they may send a donation by mail. Certainly! Please send checks to the attention of Christopher Idip (Helgah's son), 11105 Timmerman Street, Quantico, VA, 22134.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or just need to contact a representative for the family please feel free to call Christine Idip at 619-623-1200 or email her at msfrece@aim.com.
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