Our wonderful Kelly was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and had whipple surgery right before her 48th birthday in April of 2015, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Recovery was followed by a wonderful, miracle-filled, healthy year that included adventures and travel with her beautiful family, engagement to her love Tony, running 5ks with her daughter Zaida, and seeing her son Wyatt graduate from elementary school and perform some epic theatrical performances. She was able to return to the job she loves and went back to her favorite gym classes with Tony.
After this perfect year of blessings and gifts from God, the cancer came back, inoperable this time. Kelly is currently receiving chemotherapy in Wilmington, being overseen by an oncologist at Duke. Treatment has been extremely difficult and she has been on leave from work since the cancer's recurrence. Unfortunately, the cancer continues to spread. It is time to start planning her next move, which will involve one of the clinical trials that Kelly, Tony, and her medical team have investigated. The top three choices for Kelly are at Johns Hopkins and National Cancer Institute. In addition to substantial medical costs, we are anticipating the large expense of travel and lodging. Kelly and Tony are reluctant to ask for help, but it is time to call in the troops again. Please know that any and every donation, prayer, positive thought, and encouragement are gratefully received.