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Peace for Colleen

Organized by: Kim Hartline

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THE STORY:

Many of you know our UHS onsite travel agent, Colleen Jensen with World Travel, who sits upstairs in the Executive Suite and patiently, professionally, knowledgeably and cheerfully helps us with our travel needs (which, in a company as large as UHS with several hundred people who travel constantly, is a never-ending task requiring a lot of organizational skill and patience).

Colleen underwent major surgery and chemotherapy in 2013 during her second battle with a rare form of breast cancer. The recovery was grueling and lengthy, and she missed many months of work, but she eventually enthusiastically re-joined us a few months ago when she came back to work, relieved to be back at her desk. At that time, the prognosis looked good and the doctors said she was cancer free.

Colleen recently began feeling poorly and thought she had a cold or other respiratory illness … she went to the doctor, who hospitalized her immediately. After some tests, the doctors told her that the cancer had returned with a vengeance and spread to her lungs and bones. Unfortunately, the cancer is Stage IV and is a type that is extremely resistant to chemotherapy, and there is little that can be done for her medically.

Colleen has a husband and two adolescent children, ages 11 and 13. Her last bout with cancer treatment and subsequent recovery wiped out the family’s savings. Colleen’s husband has been working two jobs since she got sick the first time, but they have always relied on both of their salaries to keep their household afloat.

Given everything that Colleen has done for UHS, we, her friends and coworkers want to do something special for her to help relieve some of her worries. There is an urgent need to get funds to help support her and her family as they spend their last months together. We are asking everyone to consider donating generously to this fund.

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