Nora Boyle Fund
Organized by: Sarah Hastings
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." Charles Dickens
On August 20, 2015 Nora will be undergoing surgery to determine definitively if the massive uterine tumor she has is Uterine Leiomyosarcomas (http://sarcomahelp.org/leiomyosarcoma.html) as the doctors suspect. Despite maintaining private health insurance, the hospital system is insistent that she pay approximately $80,000 in advance of her surgery.
Nora was first made aware of this medical situation 5 years ago and was presented with the reality that the suspected type of cancer is non-responsive to chemotherapy and radiation and, unfortunately, the requisite surgery often increases the rate of tumor angiogenesis/metastasizing due to the compromised position the body is put in during and after surgery as well as the nature of the surgery itself. As a result, after examining her personal situation - most notably her daughter Gabriella's young age, she opted to wait to pursue surgical treatment to ensure her presence throughout Gariella's high school years.
Fast forward to the present where prolonging treatment is no longer an option, as the tumor is making her physically ill, causing dramatic weight loss, is the source of acute pain, and is compromising the function of other organs.
The financial burden that she and her family are now faced with, despite having private medical insurance for the entirety of this ordeal, has proven a fiscally and emotionally crippling turn of events and will greatly impede Nora's ability to sustain herself and her family while recovering and runs a high risk of precluding her from accessing imperative follow up procedures and treatments that will be necessary to her survival and overall health and comfort.
Please consider donating liberally to help the Boyle-Simon family recoup some of the surgical expenses, to defray the imminent medical costs that are hovering on the horizon, and to help sustain their family while Nora recovers.
Does $100,000 seem like too high of a goal to raise? Like too much to ask from family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who all have pressing need and expenses? Perhaps. But imagine what it would feel like if you were asked to do it alone, while ill, and facing your own mortality.
Sometimes the most important part of being human isn't fixing people's problems or taking away the pain, but sharing the burden.