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Friends of Wendy Phelps are uniting to raise money for “Whipple’s Race Against Melanoma”. Funds will be used to help pay medical expenses.

In December of 2011, Wendy was diagnosed with Stage 3 Metastatic Melanoma. This is the most aggressive and fastest spreading type of Melanoma. Her case is rare because the doctor's have not been able to find out where it started, but know it has traveled to her lymph nodes. She has had two surgeries to remove infected lymph nodes and part of her left hip muscle. Chemo and radiation are not strong enough to touch her type of Melanoma so she has just finished completing a yearlong treatment of Interferon. She now has Lymphedema in her lower extremities that she is constantly battling. It is difficult and expensive to manage the swelling and discomfort caused by this disease. Wendy will be required to have a brain and full body scan every three months for the rest of her life. We have spent the last 16 months rejoicing each new day we have been given with her and are thankful for each clear scan!

Wendy is not able to work due to the frequency of recurrences and treatment needed to fight this. Wendy is single and at the time of her diagnosis was working but was not offered insurance through her employer. Wendy has been accepted by Medicaid but the coverage is the lowest offered. The plan covers very little, especially the high tech scans and tests needed to keep on top of this disease. This battle has drained her both mentally and financially. Wendy is in the battle of her life right now and the mounting medical bills are a worry we would like to take away from her.

As many of you might know, there is no cure for Melanoma and prognosis for Stage 3 is not good; however, we remain hopeful that she will beat the odds. Wendy’s spirit and aspiration to educate young girls on the dangers of the sun and tanning bed use is inspiring. Each new day brings her closer to fulfilling this selfless journey.

We cannot change this disease, but we can change how they fight it! Please keep Wendy in your prayers, as she needs support and strength from her friends and God to help her stay strong through this trial. We know Wendy loves her friends and family immensely and would love to hear from you. Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.
If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention:
Whipple’s Race Against Melanoma
5735 Elaine Street
Speedway, IN 46224

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Marie at

All your generous contributions, thoughts, and prayers are deeply appreciated. Thank you all so much!

Marie & Tina
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