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We all waste $5 on things we don't need, why not use it to help a cancer patient!? Please join us in supporting Maureen "Micki" Morgan!

Our GiveForward fundraiser has ended. Thank you so much for your support!

Your morning coffee drink, a car wash, going to the tanning salon, a pack of cigarettes, carryout pizza, a footlong sub, late fees, a tall rum & cola, a value meal from your favorite fast food restaurant, the up-charge for unlimited texting, a movie rental. All these things cost about $5 and they are all things we wouldn't think twice about spending money on. Now, what if we each spent our $5 to help a cancer patient in need?

After having a tumor removed in April of 2011, Maureen (some of you know her as Micki) was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma in her colon. For those of you not familiar with cancer terminology, small cell cancer is highly malignant and, generally speaking, results in less hopeful prognoses than other cancers. Following her diagnosis, Maureen underwent chemo treatments three days a week for forty-two weeks, with the addition of radiation for six of those weeks, putting the cancer into remission. However, the area in her rectum where the tumor was removed remains extremely sensitive.

Despite the challenges, Maureen began volunteering part time at Metro Health Community Clinic in October of 2011 and a paid position as a contracted patient advocate was created for her in March. She worked 10-15 hours a week using her masters degree in Medical Management to help poor patients get their medications for free directly from the pharmaceutical companies.

Unfortunately, that same month, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and metastasized to her kidneys, liver, throughout her abdomen, and more recently to her lungs. In June, Maureen began chemo treatments once every other week. Due to the extreme nausea the chemo caused, each treatment was followed by 2 days of IV anti-nausea medications.

In October 2012, Maureen met with her doctors and decided to end chemo treatments and move to a hospice facility to manage her care. She is now staying at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. If you have any questions, feel free to contact her daughter, Meaghan, at 616.498.1133.

Thank you all for your donations, support, and, most importantly, your prayers! We strongly believe that the power of prayer will help us through this trying time.  The donated money is being used to cover any remaining medical expenses while Maureen focuses on staying positive.

With love and thanks,

Maureen, Meaghan, and all of the Morgan family

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