My Mom's best childhood friend has been diagnosed a second-time (this time terminal) with breast cancer. I have heard stories all my life about their adventures. After talking to my mom on the phone, my mom can see that Lyn's true worry is for her husband and autistic son after she has passed - particularly with money for insurance. My mom's idea was to try to raise some money to surprise Lyn so she can continue to fight her battle. My mom's hope is for (in her words) "even a couple of hundred dollars to help," which is sweet. But with the generosity of people, I am hoping to help my mom, Lyn and her family with hopefully more than that.
Here is Lyn's story as told by my mom...
Thank you in advance for trying to help me out with my friend Lyn.
Lyn has fought breast cancer twice in the past 8 years but has recently found out it is back but it is too widespread that it would not pay to do surgery. It has spread to her liver and the cancer specialist said the outlook is very unfavorable and that there is no hope for her survival. She was encouraged to get her business in order particularly for her autistic son, Trevor who is 20 years old.
Lyn has worked full-time 30 years at the same place in order to maintain health insurance for her family. She has basically all her time the past 20 years being an advocate for her son which involved countless hours of persistence fighting for her son's needs. Throughout the years she did whatever it took which included mounds of paperwork, meetings with leaders of school administrations, doctors, hours researching to try to due her best to meet his needs. She admits often times she neglected to care for herself which was probably a big mistake because now she is not going to be able to care for her son and this is her biggest fear right now. She does have a husband but he just doesn't have that same capability/drive that a mother would.
Lyn still takes her son to the zoo every Sunday which she has done since he's been 4 years old as this is very calming for him and he is insistent on this. Her health insurance from her work will be running out shortly and in order to keep the insurance for her family, the Cobra premium is going to be $1500/month. She only receives $260/week from her short-term disability. The financial burden is also taking a big toll on her energy level--many days it is a struggle to even get herself to move because she feels so defeated. This also takes time away from focusing on trying to prepare a plan that she will be comfortable with before she passes away, not to mention the time and energy this is robbing from her being able to try to fight this. She says she is going to fight this but the reality is the outlook from the medical staff is that she likely only has months at most.
My goal is to try to raise some funds to help offset a part of the financial burden so Lyn can spend focus her time/energy left on the real things that matter--the son she will be leaving behind and give her time to spend the time she has left also preparing for her death (to put it bluntly). She did speak of God in our last conversation and she needs time to come to terms with that too. Helping her out financially would relief some stress in that area to make this more a possibility.
What We Need
I just ask that you have taken the time to read Lyn's story and help in any way that you can.
500 followers donate $1= $500 -- WAY more than my mom had hoped for Lyn.
250 followers donate $1= $250 -- STILL more than what my mom had hoped for Lyn.
I am aiming for a goal of $1000 in hopes that maybe 1,000 people who happen to see this will donate $1. Of course, if the goal reaches higher.. the more the better for Lyn and her family.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate money (whether it be $.50 or $50) , please share this link and story with whoever you can and wherever you can.. ask those to share as well. We all know the power of social media and anyway you can help is most appreciated.
Think if you each posted this to your twitter and facebook, and we got a few more $1 donations.