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This fundraiser ended on 05/03/10

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Anita Williams is one of the strongest women I know. She's also one of the bravest. A single mom, working in child care, and now diagnosed with breast cancer. She would never ask, but Anita needs our help.

Thank you so much for your generous support of Anita and her family. We have surpassed our goal and raised the funds she needs to cover her expenses while on her unpaid leave of absence!

Due to a change in Anita's treatment and recovery, she has exhausted her leave balances and as a result we are closing this fundraising campaign as of Monday, May 3, to provide her with earlier access to the funds she needs. So, if you've been considering making a donation, but haven't already done so, or you want to give more to help Anita, please be sure to make your donation no later than Monday, May 3.

Your generosity is inspiring and has given Anita great hope and courage and for that we are all very grateful.  Please know that while you have had Anita in your prayers, you have been in hers as well.  Thank you.

ANITA'S STORY:

Anita Williams is a strong and proud woman.  She faces struggles and challenges every day, as a single mom and as a committed early childhood educator.  Anita  faithfully and unselfishly gives of herself every day, to her own children and to the babies and toddlers in her care at the Friendship Children's Center.   Ask anything of her, and she'll do it, but don't expect her to ask anything of you.  That's just not Anita's way.

Recently, Anita noticed a small abnormality in her breast.  After undergoing a series of tests and a biopsy, the diagnosis was confirmed -- she had with breast cancer.  While Anita is just beginning her fight, there is no doubt that she could use our help.  Anita has limited leave available for her to take off for doctor's appointments and treatments.  Once she has used up her available leave, she will be on leave without pay. While she may not be in jeopardy of losing her job, she will certainly face huge challenges as expenses mount and bill continue to roll in.  Anita is already on a very limited budget and the smallest variance in her income could be devastating to her and her children.

Through this campaign, we are trying to raise enough funds to provide Anita with sufficient time off to treat and recover from her breast cancer and not worry about paying her rent and utilities.  We also hope to provide Anita and her family with much needed food items so that they will not go hungry during the fight.

We hope you will be able to find a way to help us keep Anita smiling that lovely smile that she so generously shares with us every day and help her to stay strong to fight her illness.

Thank you, in advance, for all of your support!

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