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This fundraiser ended on 01/24/13

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Please show your generous support for the Kathleen Burgett medical expenses fund. She greatly appreciates all of your help!!

 

UPDATED 1.21.12 : This past Spring, just after her 63rd birthday, Kathleen Burgett was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare cancer 'Mucineous Appendiceal Adeno Carcinoma'. This of course came as a great shock to us all. The surgeon removed a 15cm stage 4 tumor from her abdomen, as well as her appendix and she also underwent a full hysterectomy, as the cancer had spread to her reproductive organs. She has since (and with a stellar attitude!!) been treated with multiple chemotherapy cycles and is now over with the first wave of treatment. However, after her latest CT scan, Kathy has experienced a recurrence. There is a new 2.5 cm tumor, as well as a few additional nodules. Following a consultation with her exceptional new surgeon Gary Mann from UW, an Oncology Surgeon at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she will be returning to the operating table on February 27 where the tumor and growths will be removed, and during the operation she will undergo a HIPEC treatment. This is basically a chemo bath that has been raised to a higher than body temperature and is used to wash the entire stomach area for approximately 90 minutes however the entire process and surgery will be anywhere from 3-7 hours. We are all still hoping and praying that at the end of this new procedure and treatment that there will be no additional treatments, but it is too soon to say for sure. So until then, the most important thing for Kathy to do is to get strong, and rest up! And for everyone else to PLEASE DONATE NOW!! Kathleen is a part time high school art teacher, with a very limited salary. She is still working, and fortunately her current school health coverage is excellent, with a ceiling limit met and co-pay expenses that will continue, but only while she has insurance.  Since she will be retiring in June, health insurance will be needed for 6 months, until her 65th birthday, possibly including a supplemental plan.  Your contributions will make this a possibility!! Anything that you can give will go directly towards her medical needs and her future insurance policy. Of course so many of you have given so much already, with all of your love and time and energy and compassion, and thank you!!! But this is the fund drive! So PLEASE GIVE, and also please forward on to all those who love Kathy as well! Bless you and your families. With love and true appreciation. ~To Your Health!!!

 

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