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Help for Lori Downing during lung cancer treatment
$3,500 raised
70% of $5k goal
35 contributors
4 Years running
On May 19th 2014 Lori downing was diagnosed with lung cancer. we are trying to raise money to offset the financial burden of her medical treatments so she can focus on treatment other than finances. Thank you for anything you may donate.

On June 23rd 2013, I was injured in an improvised explosive device detonation (IED) in Afghanistan during my deployment. I could not imagine my difficult recovery without the love and support from  my mother. She has been by my side spiritually, emotionally and physically. Since September, my Mother has taken me to doctor appointments, cared for me after several surgeries and been by my side during my time here at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) located in Bethesda, Maryland.
After my last surgery we went home because i was given leave for my recovery. While home, my Mom was having extensive chest and abdominal pain so my step father Tim brought her to the emergency room. They performed X-rays and had found a mass in my mothers lung. On May 9th, my Mother was diagnosed with small cell, limited stage lung cancer. Upon return to Walter Reed she had a biopsy of the mass, the doctors quickly prepared an aggressive cancer treatment after the biopsy was found to be cancerous. Ten days later on May 19 she began her first phase of a four phase chemotherapy treatment along with a 15 day radiation treatment. My mother can not work noramlly during these treatments as she need every ounce of energy, courage, and strength to fight this battle with cancer.

During this time my mother had to upgrade her health insurance to enable her to receive treatments at Walter Reed and when she returns home to Massachusetts late June. This cost, the many co-pays, and inability to work normally has put a tremendous financial strain on our family. This has been an extremely emotional year with many challenges that can only make us stronger. During these challenging times we look to our our loved ones, family and friends for strength and support.
Please consider making a donation of any type to help her offset health insurance payments and travel expenses along with any other unforeseen expenses that may arise during her treatment. My Mother means the world to me and my family. Every bit will help her and we hope to raise $5000 to offset expenses and have Lori Downing focus on her treatment and recovery instead of having to worry about medical bills and transportation costs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

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