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This fundraiser ended on 12/01/11

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Penny's family is uniting to raise money to help with her battle against Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow). W

More than two and a half years ago Penny was diagnosed with a rare form of multiple myeloma. Since then she has undergone extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. This past summer a stem cell transplant. Through all this, Penny has never lost her faith and spirit. Her strength and resiliency have been nothing short of amazing!

From the onset, Penny and her husband Ken pledged they would do whatever it took to fight this awful disease and prayed doctors might be able to lengthen her time while working towards a cure. Earlier this year the cancer became more aggressive and Ken retired from his job in order to devote all his time and energy toward the battle for Penny's life.

She just received word from her doctor that the cancer is back and more aggressive than before. She will be traveling to the Multiple Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas to participate in a clinical trial and hopes she can have a bone marrow transplant. While insurance has covered a good portion of the costs thus far, they will need to cover miscellaneous expenses such as travel, lodging and of course their insurance deductibles. Not so simple when you have no income.

We know that many of you have been asking how you can help and Penny is very grateful. Her family and friends have established this site as a way for anyone who would like to help Penny with her battle.

UPDATE 10/15: Penny was admitted to the hospital last week and is undergoing intense chemotherapy. The cancer has really come back with a vengeance. They are doing everything they can to try and get her numbers down and the cancer under control. Penny and Ken appreciate all the donations and words of encouragement that have been shared. Keep them coming!!!

UPDATE 10/28: Penny finished her chemo treatment and her numbers seems to indicate that the cancer is responding to the treatment. Unfortunately she has picked up an infection which they are treating. She continues to have trouble keeping her platelets at a high level and donors that match her type are not in abundance. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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