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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/12

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The purpose of this fundraiser is to help the Howard's severe financial need due to multiplying medical costs of treatment.

On June 13, 2012, life was going along as Jane and Frank had known it to be....working and doing the best they could as anyone else had. Jane was working full time in a Hospice House providing end of life care and comfort. Frank was doing his maintenance/janitorial job at a machine shop, planning retirement possibly this year. They talked about what they could do to make ends meet, always knowing they wouldn't travel or do the big, exciting things that some people can plan after retirement, but knowing they would have fun and continue to work hard toward some goals. They had aptly named their modest home, "Paradise." This came out of a love for life and featured lit palm trees year round, a tiki bar hand built by Frank and a running outdoor train set. Their home was filled with light and love. Jane had been feeling unwell with unexplained symptoms of fever and chills. The next day, June 14, 2012, Jane received a phone call from the oncologist she had seen 10 years to the exact month earlier and was told she has Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. This is a recurrent cancer from 10 years earlier. It has now been relocated in her bone marrow/bones & lungs. She also has a tumor on her sternum and spine. On October 1, 2012 her husband was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and A-fib, after a life full of good health. He was told for 3 weeks that he had bronchitis until he filled with fluid the prior two days before being admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit. Due to quick, aggressive treatment, their bills have mounted over a fast rate leaving them financially drained. Life has fully changed as they knew it. Walk with her in her journey, gather around and be her Circle of Strength as we help with the many financial needs of she and her husband at this time.
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