I want to start out by saying, nothing I write will ever be enough to truly express my gratitude toward my family, friends and this community.
The amount of support that came through my benefit via attendance, volunteers, donations, love and encouragement is beyond words. It would be silly to say I wasn’t overwhelmed. I honestly couldn’t hug and thank enough people. Please know how much you all are so appreciated (even if I didn’t get a chance to hug you that day).
This community means so much to me. We are a town that cares for one another, and I have witnessed it my entire life.
In 2016, when I was fighting cervical cancer, I didn’t know what to do. My family didn’t know what to do. But we figured it out and they helped me get through each surgery and the long recoveries that came with them.
When my cancer reoccurred this year, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was scared, helpless and thought “How am I going to do this? Again.” But family and friends rallied to get me through treatments. Going back and forth every day to Pittsburgh, volunteers to drive me, and well wishes and encouragement from everyone I passed. I made it through and then fell into a serious complication that was a final breaking point of medical bills and time out of work.
When my family and friends suggested the benefit, I was thinking, not for me. There are so many other people that need this. But the truth is, I needed this. I needed help. It was very humbling to accept it.
I am so thankful for every act of kindness toward me. Truly from the bottom of my heart, I can’t express to you the difference you all have made in my recovery. I have always worked my hardest to help others in need, but now I see a new purpose in life and it’s to help even more.
Life is precious. Life is short. Life is hard. But let this be your reminder, that kindness can heal all. I feel that much stronger and healthier. Because of you. Thank you.