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Organized by: Rachel Brooks

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This is the story of our best friend's journey to a hopeful future. Our names are Amanda and Rachel. We first met Patty and her husband David in 2004. Patty and David began their life together as husband and wife in 2003.The friendship was a godsend. We enjoyed spending many nights together with food and fun. Patty and David have 5 wonderful kids ranging from 16 years of age to 23.
As the years have gone by the the friendships have gotten stronger, which leads us to the purpose of this fundraiser. Unfortunately, in the last 2-3 years this family has come across their fair share of obstacles. In 2012 David became very ill out of nowhere. It was determined that he had fungal pneumonia. This left his immune system depleted and extremely weak for 6 months or more. During this time he was not able to work and bills began to pile up. Just as David was finally getting back into the swing of things and the family was beginning to recover from the financial drought, Patty then became ill.
In September 2013 Patty was diagnosed with stage II lung cancer. This news was devastating to the family, as she is the backbone of the family. The doctors removed the upper right lobe of her lung in September. In October 2013 she began chemotherapy, 4 rounds once every 3 weeks. This totally depleted her of any remaining energy. The last round chemo was completed just in time for Christmas with the family. In January 2014 things began to look up, the CT scan showed no signs of cancer. During this time Patty never lost her great spirit dealing with all of the stress that comes with becoming a cancer patient. Patty was so elated by the news of the CT scan and gaining her strength back that she returned to work.
Unfortunately, this new found euphoria came to a sudden standstill. In April 2014 Patty began having extreme headaches that would not go away which then turned to a dangerous, scary situation. One day while she was at work she became disoriented and did not know where she was or what she was doing. This was the scariest experience they had since she was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors associated this with the amount of stress and anxiety of dealing with the cancer. After a few different episodes Patty and David went back to the doctors in May 2014 looking for answers. They were sent to get an MRI. Within 20 minutes of the scan the doctors approached them stating that they all need to have a conference immediately. Then doctor them proceeded to state that the cancer had metastasized to the brain. As if this news was not tragic enough, it was now stage IV. Within a matter of a week Patty was scheduled for brain surgery to remover the large tumor. The doctors warned that Patty may not be the same after the surgery, but David and Patty decided that it was the only way to attempt to battle the tumor. Patty did end up suffering from some slight personality changes due to the surgery. Less than a month later she underwent a cyber knife procedure on the bed of the removed tumor and also the smaller tumor that was discovered. This was the last attempt surgically to remotely offer a cure. As if this was not enough to deal with, the doctors then found cancer in a lymph node in the middle of her chest in July 2014.
The plan for Patty then became to try radiation in conjunction with a more aggressive chemo than before. After hearing very positive reviews of a newer facility catered to helping cancer patients they decided to attempt this approach. This approach involved flying out to another location and going through several hours- even days of testing. This endeavor only ended in false hope and hurt feelings. This experience broke the spirits and hearts of Patty and David to the point that all they could do was cry for 3 days straight. They then decided to stay with the local doctors that they had seen during the first round of chemo. Patty is currently in radiation therapy with an aggressive form of chemo. She had her first round in mid July, followed by next round mid August.
We would like for it to be known how special David and Patty are not only to each other but to whoever is around. During this draining life event we have seen the unconditional love that they have for each other. At times we have caught a glimpse of David glaring at his beautiful bride, his eyes declaring his unconditional love. Patty has remained positive during this whole experience. We continuously see how devoted David is to caring for his wife. Patty is no longer able to work and David appears to be doing the work of 100 men. He is currently still working his full time job, taking Patty to numerous appointments at any given time, and still doing everything he can to help her and the family. The kids and David have unselfishly devoted themselves for not only caring for Patty, but also ensuring that she stays in the best mindset to battle this horrible disease. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.


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Rachel Brooks

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