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Beth's Battle

Organized by: Marcy Szeliga

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A little over a year ago, Beth Henderson's world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that primarily affects children. Beth has fought this rare illness like a champ, enduring sixteen grueling rounds of chemotherapy thus far (one more to go on November 10!) The chemos leave her weak and debilitated for two to three weeks after the treatments. Because of the aggressive three-week cycles of chemo and the sickness and exhaustion they create, Beth has been unable to work, and in May, after not being able to work all year, was officially terminated from the Assistant Nursing Manager job she loved so much, leaving her without income for the past year.

Beth's husband Kevin, who has no choice but to work out of state in Illinois, spent much of this past year home helping Beth on FMLA leave from work. It kept his job intact, but he received no pay for the months he was home caring for his family. In addition to the challenge of meeting basic household expenses, the costs of medications and basic co-payments every month is the equivalent of an average mortgage payment.

To add insult to injury, Beth and Kevin have been very proactive in applying for aid and assistance to families in similar situations to theirs. Despite their best efforts, Beth's disability ended in June. Applications and appeals for long-term disability have been denied because, as a family, the Hendersons made too much 2013, before this whole nightmare started. They have not qualified for home health assistance and other services and financial support, based on their 2013 tax returns, when they both earned full-time incomes.

Those of you who know Beth know that she is truly the kind of person who puts everyone before herself. She would do anything within her power for anyone, and has. She doesn't deserve the horrific year she and her family has had (no one does!), but is facing these challenges with a grace and strength I don't think I could muster in the same situation.

Today, we are seeking donations to help the Hendersons get caught up on their mortgage and household bills, and to help offset the almost unmanageable medical expenses they face each month. Beth will finish up chemotherapy soon, and her next challenge will be five weeks of five-day-a-week radiation. After a couple of months of recovery time, she will start her life over with a brand new job search.

Please consider helping if you can. No amount is too small. Thanks for reading.


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Marcy Szeliga

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