Janet Rawson's Funeral Expenses
Organized by: Casandra Magner
On October 23rd, 2016, shortly before 2AM, as I sat by my mother's side her battle with Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer came to an end, with my mother finally at peace. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1990s, while she worked as a bus monitor and an assistant teacher for Head Start. She continued to work until she was physically unable to. For over 25 years she battled many medical conditions due to having multiple sclerosis including the loss of feeling in her arms and legs and chronic pain throughout her body. As if that wasn't bad enough, 5 years ago my mother was also diagnosed with melanoma cancer. After a few rounds of chemotherapy the cancer had gone into remission. Unfortunately, early this year she had developed a mass between her shoulders, the melanoma had come back. The course of action this time was surgery. So in June my mom had surgery,having the cancer removed, we were told she was once again cancer free. At an emergency room visit at the end of September we were informed that there were new lesions on her liver and rib bones. Through biopsy we learned once again that the cancer had come back, only much worse this time. There was nothing that doctors could do for my mom. My mother was lucky enough to qualify for disability to supplement her income but most of that went towards her living expenses. The thought of saving for anything let alone for after death expenses was not an option. When we met with the funeral home today money was a factor in many of our decisions but ultimately we wanted to make sure we could do what would be best for my mom, our family, and our friends. We did decide on minimal services but even so they are still rather pricey for someone with no savings or no life insurance policy. With no idea of how we are going to pay for these expenses we've decided to try reaching out to you in the hopes you can find it in your hearts to help us out. Any contribution will help!