Help Lift the Burden of Cancer: Support the Sullivan Family!

Update posted by Brenda Becker On Dec 30, 2016

A thoughtful friend of mine posted today on Facebook:"If what sucked about your 2016 was politics and/or celebrity deaths, you actually had a pretty good year." Truer words were never said. If you are battling your way, day by day, through your second round of aggressive chemo...or isolated in a hospital bed for three months with faceless bureaucrats telling you that your insurance won't pay for care you desperately need...or wondering how your family will make ends meet while you are sick...even the worst headlines seem like distant thunder. And if you make it to Christmas, and gather around your tree with your family once more, even the darkest prognostications about world events seem very far away. With your help, the Sullivans managed to get Mary Anne home after a terrible summer...to get a ramp built on their dear house, a special chair, and just everyday bills paid. You helped keep their heads above water, and for that, they--and I--are so deeply grateful.
As the year draws to its close, know that we keep all of you in our prayers, and thank you for your generosity--and, oh, if you haven't contributed yet, or would like to do so again, and help bring us over the finish line to our fundraiser goal, that would be better than the ball dropping in Times Square!

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Update posted by Brenda Becker On Oct 13, 2016

After a long, harrowing summer in the hospital, my best friend is BACK HOME. Her family had a wheelchair ramp built onto their beloved little house on Long Island, and got her a special chair to help her sleep comfortably. She is still receiving chemo and has been experiencing less fluid build-up, and I'm so proud of how hard she is working at PT to offset the deconditioning effects of months in hospital. The tough part, of course, is money; her husband Pat is caregiver-in-chief, because their "health insurance" only pays for an aide for a few hours twice a week, and being alone in the house is out of the question. This shocking willingness to send a patient home and let their family try to cobble together even the most basic care is a WAKE-UP CALL to all of us: When it comes to serious illness, we are seen by insurers as burdens. We are ON OUR OWN. But thank God my friends have not been on their own--your support has been absolutely crucial to their being able to get through this ordeal. To all who have contributed so generously, THANK YOU--with a special gratitude to those who don't even know these dear people. And now, could I ask again for anyone who hasn't donated to help put us over the top of our goal? Mary Anne told me that seeing the bills arrive--from countless doctors, labs, hospital providers, etc., not to mention all the "extras" that come with illness--makes her want to weep. I want her to smile instead--it's what we've been doing together for, what, 40 years? Please keep the Sullivans in your prayers, okay? Thanks!

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Update posted by Brenda Becker On Sep 08, 2016

...the kind of September...before cancer entered your life. Once it's happened, it isn't easy. Mary Anne is still in hospital, each week a struggle against fluid retention, many discomforts, difficulty walking, and most of all acutely missing the everyday comforts of home, family, and dog. We're hopeful, and prayerful, that she will get a reprieve from chemo and be able to get back home and enjoy some autumn pleasures--like sitting on the boardwalk at Jones Beach in a crisp wind. Pat is at her side every day and evening to keep sadness and anxiety at bay, and his presence, which is so vital to both of them now, is directly enabled by your generosity to this fundraiser. They haven't even begun to get the bills for all the co-pays for this summer-long hospital ordeal, but those will come as surely as leaves will fall. THANK YOU for giving; we need you!

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Update posted by Brenda Becker On Aug 03, 2016

My thanks to every one of you who have generously kicked off this vital fundraiser for the Sullivan family. Mary Anne has been in acute distress and is traveling via ambulance to her oncologist today, and the news of your generosity was a much-needed lift to her and Pat's spirits. By sharing this page via social networks and e-mail, you continue to cast the net to bring in some blessings for my dear family/friends. Have a beautiful day.

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August rolls on, and Mary Anne is still hospitalized as they wait, hope,and work towards getting her strong enough to transition to a rehab facility and then home. Her fluctuating medical status has meant needing Patrick by her side most days, making your support more vital than ever. These have been long, tough weeks during which your collective support through prayers and generosity have been one of the brightest spots in a turbulent and stressful time, and they are so very grateful. Please continue to share this fundraiser so we can get to our goal and give them the massive lift they need right now! Thank you so much!

Brenda Becker

Update posted by Aug 18

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It’s been a rough week, but not one without hope. After her third hospitalization of the summer, Mary Anne will spend time in a rehab facility as a step towards getting back home again to Olive the Chihuahua (oh and, of course, her two-legged family as well!). The news of your generosity coming in from far and wide--including some of you folks who don’t even know them personally--has been a beacon of joy and relief for her and Pat. As we continue to share this effort, know that we all are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Becker

Update posted by Aug 05

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