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Please Help in this Fundraising Effort to Defray the Cost of Treatment and Care for Nancy Povall

Join the Circle of Love, Compassion, and Support for Nancy Povall In Her Continuing Battle Against Cancer

Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors,
My name is Brian Kearney and I am Nancy’s cousin. As many of you know, Nancy has been battling lung cancer,for the last twelve months and now has been diagnosed with brain cancer. It is my hope that all of us can join together to help Nancy and her family offset some of the significant expenses they have incurred over the past year in battling this insidious disease and enable them to continue to ensure that Nancy gets the best care possible.

Although her extended family was a bit uncomfortable about me launching a fundraiser, I know the funds are needed and will be very much appreciated. It is also a great way to show Nancy and her loved ones that there is a whole community of friends and family wanting to express their support for her.

Nancy is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer fifteen years ago at the age of 38. Nancy did not give up hope. She fought the disease physically, mentally, and spiritually... and she won. She was cancer-free for 15 years until last September.

On her 53rd birthday, September 22, 2011, Nancy was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a grueling month-long inpatient stay at Beth Israel hospital in Boston, which included chemotherapy and daily radiation, Nancy’s large tumor had all but disappeared by Christmas. We thought it was a second miracle. However, that was not to be the case. In March of this year, her tumor reappeared and started to regrow. She again started chemo and in the summer, her sisters – Julie, Louise, and Kathleen – along with her daughter Ashley and niece Caitlin, made a journey to Switzerland for a month to seek treatment at a natural healing clinic there that had proven successful for other friends who had serious cancer prognoses. Unfortunately, when Nancy returned home, we discovered that her cancer had spread to her brain.

Again fighting the good fight, Nancy began brain radiation, Nancy is lucky to have the support of her family and friends. Those close to Nancy will argue that they are the lucky ones. Nancy is a brave, warm, caring, fun-loving person who is quick to laugh, and generous to her friends and family. Nancy has kept her upbeat outlook on life despite her health challenges.

About five years ago Nancy moved to Boston from Charlottesville VA to be closer to her sisters and to explore new work opportunities. This marked the first time in 25 years that the four Povall sisters were living close by to each other – something to be celebrated.

Nancy found a job with an innovative medical supply company which she enjoyed, but she has, for the most part, been unable to work since September 2011. Thankfully, she did have health insurance coverage through her job until recently. However, the month-long treatment in Switzerland was not covered by insurance, and her sisters and their families have together managed to pool their resources to pay for the treatment and trip. Nancy has been hospitalized again recently for ten days and has been in a rehab facility for three weeks. Although the family's hope is to have Nancy eventually go home to either Julie or Louise's house, it was recently agreed that Nancy is currently too frail to go home and her insurance will not be sufficient to cover the 24/7 care she would need there . Nancy and her family are looking instead into a hospice house in Wayland, Massachusetts, as a next step, where she can live with clinical oversight in a more comfortable, restful environment which may enable her to regain some of her strength.

The cost of uncovered medical treatments and care is expected to reach $50,000 or more. So far these costs have been covered by her sisters and their families, who have long continued the legacy of their mother Julia, who would move heaven and earth to help a person in need. Now it is time for us who have witnessed their kindness and good will to return the favor back their way.

Please remember Nancy in your thoughts and prayers, and if possible, contribute generously to help achieve the goal of $25,000 to reduce their financial expenses by half. This may be a lofty goal, but I believe it’s a good thing to aim high with this effort as with most things in life! Contributions in any amount will be most appreciated.

"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion." -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thank you for your love and support, The Family and Friends of Nancy Povall: Brian R. Kearney & Cathy Conrade
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