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This fundraiser ended on 06/30/12

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This is Loretta Belcher's medical expenses fund. Loretta and her family would like to thank you for your support!

Hey everyone,
I'm trying to help my Mom and Stepfather pay for her medical expenses. Mom is a very young 61 year old wonderful person who was diagnosed January 2012 with a rare form of cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma, or Bile Duct Cancer. This is a very aggressive cancer that is generally not detected until its in its later stages. Only 2,500 cases are diagnosed in the US every year and only 30% of those diagnosed in the early stages live 5 years after diagnosis. Generally, only 20% of all cases are diagnosed in the early stages.
Mom is stage 4 and initial doctor's reports only gave her 6 months. Mom's a fighter, she beat Myasthenia Gravis when very few patients did, she's been in remission for 30 years now. So when the doctors started giving up, it only made us fight that much harder.
Mom is still fighting, 4 months after diagnosis, but complications with draining bile have slowed treatment down.
You can read weekly posts to a blog I created to keep family and friends informed as to what's going on here:
lobelcher.blogspot.com
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