Organized by: Charles Howell
My name is Charles Howell. I'm the 29 year old son of the most wonderful woman on Earth, and cancer is taking her away from me.
In January of this year my mom, Helen, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer at age 51. It has metastasized to her lymph nodes and adrenal gland, and because of that her treatment options are very limited. The oncologist said chemotherapy is the only thing they can provide and the mortality rate for her type of cancer is 2% at 5 years. So far the chemo results have offered a little hope, but her outlook remains terminal.
I'm here because I love my mother. She is a strong, loving woman who's given much more than she's ever gotten.
For nearly 30 years she has single handedly raised a son, worked like a dog every single day to continually wake up in poverty.
She's given time, money, food and clothing to better the lives of others, even if that meant she would do without. She's taken in stray animals and cared for them thereafter, regardless of the financial burden of vet bills, surgery's and medications.
Her home is literally falling apart at the seams. She has no carpet, a broken dryer, no central air conditioning and crumbling walls. At least she has a new water heater and well foot valve as those just had to be replaced. She lives day to day, and without a miracle, she'll never see my 40th birthday & get to call me old.
The doctors have removed her from work and I'm trying my best to support her, myself, and the animals.
Despite everything she's tried to remain positive and courageous. But with the cancer now also playing a major role in her life, she's starting to give up.
This beautiful woman taught me how to care, how to respect, how to value, how to be strong. She firmly instilled respectable morals and taught me to be a leader. I've never cheated nor stolen but to be completely honest with you, seeing her like this makes me want to forget all that and do whatever is needed to see her happy. However, I would never dishonor my mother.
I accept the fact that I'm going to lose my mom, but I can't lose her this way. I refuse to let her die miserable. For once in her life, I want her to have something nice all to herself. For once I want HER to be content. But I need your help to do it. What I ask is no small favor, which is why I'm here because I honestly don't know where else to turn.
There is a double-wide mobile home being sold in the area for $30,000. It's in good condition but there is room for improvement. My goal is to raise $40,000 with your generous and very much appreciated help.
Should we reach that goal, the remaining $10,000 will be spent on improvements such as a deck being built, back fence being built, window replacements, etc. And with any remaining money I'd love to take her on a nice vacation to her dream spot, the mountains of North Carolina.
However, I'm unable to get a loan and the owners won't accept any type of payment plan. There's no local nor regional assistance I've tried that is able to help. I have no single or group of items that I can sell to acquire even 1/4 of that amount. There is no avenue, short of a loan shark, that I can borrow this money.
I beg you, please help me make this happen for her.
We are fully open to communication for any questions you may have, including pertinent medical and financial records to authenticate my statements (which is what I guess she was trying to visually do by showing her chemo port in the photo.) Or if you just want to say hi, she loves meeting people.
I know this has been a lengthy read, and I apologize. I didn't intend to be this long-winded, but I had to get this out. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I very greatly appreciate anything you can contribute. I can't tell you how much your help, and my mother, mean to me and the those around her. I would give my life this very moment if no one else on this planet EVER had to go through this.
God bless each one of you.