Our CMC Friend Is Fighting Cancer, Please Help

Many of us working at FuzeUs attend Claremont Mckenna College. Last night I received an e-mail from my CMS athletics, college track coach stating that one of our alumni and fellow athlete is fighting lung cancer and has never smoked in her life. I am asking that you and I take a moment to do everything we can to help her and her family out, every little bit helps and getting the word out is incredibly important when finding those who can help the Taylor family the most. Please help, it only take a minute of your time. Please visit this http://embenkickscancer.wordpress.com/ and see how you can help out right this second.

Here is the message sent to me from her friend:

Dear family and friends,

Just over three weeks ago my best friend Emily [Bennett] Taylor found out that she has a tumor in her right lung.  Yes, this is the same Emily that I played volleyball with in college, the one who just turned 28, the one who has never smoked.  It turns out that Emily has lung cancer (adenocarcinoma) that has spread from the tumor to the lymph nodes and lining of her lung.

Family, friends, and colleagues have come together to support Emily, her husband Miles, and each other during this difficult time.  While the news is devastating, not a single moment has been wasted in formulating a plan for how she is going to beat this.  Emily is competitive, athletic, and knows how to push her body.  Her doctors at the City of Hope recognize that she is not the ‘traditional’ lung cancer patient and have put an aggressive treatment plan in place.

While Emily has health insurance through her job, it does not cover everything.  In particular, Emily and Miles have always wanted to have a family but her doctors have indicated that treatment will likely wipe out her reproductive capabilities.  To preserve their dream of having a family Emily just underwent fertility treatments to harvest her eggs, and down the road they will have to rely on a surrogate to carry the little embryos to term.  Neither of these things are covered by insurance and initial costs are projected to be $35K – $50K+.

As you all know, Emily is a kind, funny, fun-loving, beautiful, warm, generous person.  My life is better and brighter because she is such a big part of it.  I’m asking for your support as Emily fights to beat the cancer in the coming weeks/months.  Please keep her in your thoughts and send healthy, healing vibes her way.

If you are in a position to help financially, a webpage has been set up to collect donations to help offset the cost of her care: http://embenkickscancer.wordpress.com/.  Every dollar will go towards getting Emily’s health back on track and later helping her and Miles start the family that they’ve always wanted.  I can’t emphasize enough how important this cause is to me.

I will do my best to keep everyone posted on her healing, or you can also visit http://embenkickscancer.wordpress.com/updates-on-emben/ for updates.  In the meantime, thank you for all of the love and support.

Hugs,

Annie

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