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Our family is joining together to gather support for my aunt, Mary Cannon, as she battles non-small cell carcinoma.

Our family's Easter dinner almost had an empty seat. My aunt Mary had been sick earlier in the week with what doctors said was a sinus infection. It was so severe that it caused her face to swell so that she could not open her eyes. But, by Sunday, she was well enough to join us.

Unfortunately, the swelling and discomfort continued and was further hampered by difficulty breathing. Her doctors suggested a CAT scan. By an utter stroke of luck, the technician's scan strayed a little further onto her chest than was ordered, and he saw something that didn't look quite right.

A few days later, she was diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma in her lungs, of which I understand there are three kinds. We're still waiting on the results from that test. Because of the breathing difficulties and the pain, she's no longer able to work, which has put her in danger of losing her health insurance. My uncle has the house's only income, which is 250$ weekly of unemployment, as he was laid off two months ago. Their daughter is still in college.

With my aunt just having her first chemotherapy and radiation treatments a few days ago, the medical bills have already started to amass. While the family is doing all we can to help, we would welcome any kind thoughts, prayers, or donations that you might be able to spare.

It's frighteningly amazing how quickly cancer can turn your world upside down. It struck my mother when I was 15, and my grandmother just after I graduated college. I sat with her most days while she was still able to stay at home, and others when she was hospital-bound. However, it was my aunt Mary who was there when cancer took my grandmother. I have always been grateful to her for being there during that moment. And now that she's in a crisis of her own, I want to return the favor as best I can. Any assistance you can give will be more appreciated than you will ever know.

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." ~Mother Teresa

If you wish to contact me for updates or anything else, you can reach me at I will gladly pass on any and all well wishes. If you wish to reach Mary Cannon, you can send emails to the following email address that has been set up for her:

All donations generated by this fundraiser will go directly to funding her medical bills and treatment, the cost of maintaining her insurance, and daily living expenses.

Thank you again,

The Boyd and Cannon Families

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