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This fundraiser ended on 01/01/13

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The family and friends of Bobbie-Jo are uniting together to raise money to help with medical, travel and when needed, funeral costs.

Bobbie-Jo Lawrence started work as a Firefighter/EMT when she was just 19 years old. As a young single mother, she started life with a big heart and an excitement to care for others. After 5 years in her profession, she became a federal medic with the Oregon Disaster Medical Team. This team works in conjunction with the government to provide medical care to the victims of disasters declared by the President. During her work with this team, she responded to multiple disaster sites, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, to name a few. She was Firefighter of the Year and received many commendations during her time as a firefighter/EMT. All while raising an increasingly large family. Today, she has 7 children. Ages 19, 17, 14, 13, 13, 12, and 7. In 2007, she was diagnosed with an aggressive, advanced breast cancer. She has gone through chemotherapy, radiation, gamma-knife (when it spread to her brain) and another round of chemotherapy when it spread again to her adrenal gland. It has now spread to the fluid in her brain and spinal column. There is no cure and very few treatments available to her at this time. The only treatment available is 4 hours away, and can not guarantee an extension of life. This treatment would require being away from her family every week and make her extremely sick. Bobbie-Jo has fought a brave fight. She may not be in the military, but she has been a hero to our country when called upon countless times. When asked what she wants, she simply states "For my children to know they were loved. I would do anything to take the pain of loosing their mother so young." There is no history at all of cancer in her family and all her genetic testing was negative. It is known that she was exposed to toxins during 9/11, and that her cancer most likely developed from this. I have know Bobbie-Jo for 13 years and have never seen her be anything short of heroic. She has fought such a long, brave fight. Her family is drained of resources as she has not been able to work since her diagnosis. Anyone that meets this stoic woman, leaves with a smile and sees the passion she has for life and family. Through her ordeal, she has continued to volunteer in her community in any way she can. If there is anyone that deserves help, it is this woman and her family. Please, take time to consider the children loosing a mother, the parents loosing a daughter, the family loosing an aunt, sister, friend and loving, loving wife. Most of all, please remember her as the hero she is and will continue to be in anyone she has ever met.

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