Cancer Can Bite The Big One!!
If you are reading this, then you have been a part of mine or my family’s life in some way or another, and I’m reaching out for a very important reason:
Cancer....it sucks, and we want to help kick it to the curb!
According to the National Cancer Institute, 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone this year, and is expected to rise to over 23 million by 2030.
Many people have no idea about that fact until it hits home. For our family, it hit home in October of 2017. My mother, Trish Mackey, had back pain. Normal treatments such as medications and physical therapy were not working, so she went in for an MRI. With one phone call, our world changed, and all our priorities changed with it. The “C” word had never crossed our minds before, but we learned she had been diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma (in her lung) with metastasis to her bones.
Once the shock of her diagnosis wore off, we began to learn what it means to live with cancer. It means having questions that no one has answers to. It means putting your life in the hands of those around you. It means not being able to hold your one-year old grandson because it may cause a bone fracture. It means scans, blood tests, doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, medications, and side effects. After our mom’s diagnosis, we began researching all possible therapies and treatments. We have been lucky because she has had an amazing treatment team at Duke’s Cancer Institute. They are doing a tremendous amount of work in cancer research. They are doing work that, if we are lucky, will help prolong my mom’s life. Even if we are not lucky, it is work that may help save the lives of many others like my mom. No one wants someone they love to know what it means to live with cancer.
Our parents are so thankful for the help and support they are receiving from Duke’s Cancer Institute that on May 19th, they are holding a fundraiser. They hope the money raised at this event will help continue the research being done in the effort to eradicate cancer. We would like to surprise our parents with a big faux “check” at this event. Our goal is to raise $2,500, which will all be donated directly to Duke’s Cancer Institute. We know that with your help, our goal is attainable.
Any little bit will help. You can donate directly to DCI by using the link below or the QR Code. If you prefer to donate by check or money order, please make it payable to Duke Cancer Institute. We are so excited to see the big smile on Trish’s face when she feels the power of people coming together for a cause that has hit so close to home for so many.
Thank you in advance,
The Mackey Clan