Support Michele & Dave: funds for medical expenses
Organized by: Beth Larson
When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, you want to do everything in your power to help. That’s why I’m asking for support for our dear friends Michele and Dave Kessler. In 2014, Michele was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In May, 2015 after her job ended, Michele’s COBRA ran out, which meant she had to pay cash for her medical treatments; over $8K per session.
No one expects to get stage 4 cancer, especially as a healthy non-smoker in her 50s. Remarkably, Michele qualified for treatments with a trial drug used for melanoma, proven to be effective in lung cancer patients with a specific gene. Within three months, her left lung became clear and she was in pre-remission. But months later, the cancer has re-emerged in her left lung and has now spread to the right.
The Kesslers are precious friends to my family and valued members of our community. My hope and prayer is that helping them also becomes important to a wider community because Michele has dedicated her life to caring for others. It seems more than right to care for her now.
Michele has been a registered nurse for over 37 years. She’s worked at Bloomsburg Hospital, Berwick Retirement Village, and Danville State Hospital, but spent most of her career in Home Health and Hospice as a practicing nurse, and regional administrator. In her spare time, as she was raising her three kids, she cared for her community; as a Boy Scout leader; as a Girl Scout leader (from Daisies to one year of Senior Scouts!); an 8-year term as board member for Pennswoods Girl Scout Council Board; Michele and Dave created and co-chaired The Taming of the Brew fundraiser for Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble for ten years.
Now they need help - your help. Please know that a donation in any amount will do more than help to pay for necessary medical treatments. It will let them know that they are not fighting alone. Their friends and their community are fighting with them.
I humbly ask for your gift, and your prayers.