Jan 9, 2011

Melanie Watson Medical Benefit Fund

Melanie Watson

Hey guys!  I have a huge favor to ask of you.

My mom's close friend Melanie is going through a rough time right now.  You wouldn't know it -- she wouldn't openly say anything, but the cross she's bearing right now is a pretty big one, and it's affecting not only her health but her family.

Melanie has been diagnosed with Retroperitoneal Sarcoma, which is cancer of the soft tissue.  She has a tumor about the size of an egg that is located in her pelvic area on the left side, among many of my internal organs. 

Melanie has thought carefully and has decided to go to M.D. Anderson for treatment. She has a history of cancer, having eye cancer as a child; not to mention the rarity of her cancer that she has now, she feels confident in her decision to move forward with treatment.  They will start with Chemo and Radiation for a period of time to shrink the tumor, and then will remove it with surgery.

Melanie and her husband Gene have a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old, Tyler and Macey.  I cannot imagine how strong they must be to endure something like this, especially with a parent.  The kids are staying with Gene's mother while he and Melanie are in Houston for her medical care.  

Melanie is a rarity herself, keeping positive and staying thankful for her health and the blessings God gives her every day.  She truly is a gem and while my time with Melanie has been limited, my Mom talks to me about her almost daily.  She is a light in my mother's life and that means so much to me.

If you would do me the favor of praying for Melanie and her family every night, maybe even submitting her to prayer group at your local church, that would be so wonderful!  Also, I have placed a Paypal donation button on the right sidebar-- this is for Melanie's Medical Benefit Fund.  They are having a big fundraiser at Georgetown High School on Saturday, January 22nd to help cover the costs of Melanie's Medical Care.  Please visit her Medical Fund Site, read her story, read about the benefit and donate!  Even $5.00 would help.  Please put yourself in her children's shoes.  You would want any and everyone to help to keep your Mom in her best health.

Thank you all in advance for helping out a friend in need, be one of Melanie's Angels!

Love,
Kirbie

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