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The family and friends of Nicole Marley are uniting to raise money to help defray costs from her battle with liver cancer.

Nicole Marley is one of those people that everyone knows and loves. She is a friend to all who cross her path. Her naturally open and friendly demeanor charms everyone and you can't help but smile at her non-stop chatter (a trait she has possessed since she was a toddler!).

Last month, June 2012, Nicole drove herself to the hospital with intense abdominal pain. She has had various medical ailments over the years, but most recently was being treated for sarcoidosis. Despite being under regular medical care for quite some time, what she learned on this trip to the hospital was that she had liver cancer. And that it was stage 4, the last stage. Her entire liver is infected.

Nicole is only 39-years-old, a mother to two beautiful children, Samantha and Jacob, who are now starting to understand the seriousness of their mom's illness. She has wonderful support in her husband, Lenny, who remains positive and strong in these difficult times. And with both of Nicole's parents, Pauline and Louie, each fighting their own medical issues right now...the emotional toll on them is overwhelming.

For me, Nicky is like a sister. Hardly any of my childhood memories are without her - from stacking chopped wood after school swimming in the lake every summer rejoicing for snow days. Every season, Nicky and her brother Brian were in our lives.

We are seeking donations to help Nicole with the costs that aren't being covered by insurance. Of course she can no longer work, so finances are going to be tight as she fights this long battle. A recent article finds: "...even with health insurance, out-of-pocket expenses for a disease like cancer for example average $8,500 per year for co-pays, prescription medicines, lost wages, travel to appointments, and other expenses."

Our entire family appreciates your kindness at this difficult time.

Karen Goodwin
on behalf of all the Marleys, Attardos, Goodwins and the many other families that have been touched by our Nicole

Please note that although this is a donation, it's not to a non-profit organization so it is not tax deductible.
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