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Bladder Cancer, Disability, & Unemployed 22 months
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Fundraiser for the Andersen Family: Penny Andersen was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer (stage 1) in February of 2012, had a 4 lb tumor removed, went on life support after suffering from sepsis & after recovering, 7 more tumors have been found & removed..... More ...

Fundraiser for the Andersen Family:

Penny Andersen was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer (stage 1) in February of 2012 when she had a 4 lb tumor removed. She went on life support after suffering from sepsis shock (her organs were shutting down until her being intubated & extensive medications being pumped into her body). After recovering over a 10 day period in the hospital, a second tumor was found / removed in August of 2012. She underwent BCG Treatment during October/November 2012, underwent a cat scan to see if the cancer has spread due to the pain she was going through, & had a 3rd tumor/lesion removed 11/29 (& she spent another week in the hospital after an adverse reaction to the procedure).

Penny had another scope on 03/13/2013 and 3 more small tumors were removed from around the opening to the ureter going into a kidney. She has had more than 7 tumors removed in the past 2 years. She has had BSG treatment late 2012, Mitomycin (Chemo) in 2013, and just finished Valstar (Chemo) on May 2nd, 2014. She has had a total of 10 Cystoscopies so far (with over $100,000 in medical bills over that 2 year period). Incredibly, Penny's last Cycstoscopy on June 13th came back "clear" (and no cancer cells were seen so no biopsy was necessary). We will know in September, 2014 (Penny's next Cystoscopy) if the Cancer is truly gone (we are considering this as a possible remission).

In addition, Steinar Andersen (her husband), was laid off on 09/30/2012 and is unemployed for the first time in 31 years (and is doing everything possible to help his wife while she goes through this painful process). He has been disabled and unemployed for 22 months (as of June 23rd, 2014). Also, their son Travis (who is 24 years old) also is disabled (he has been learning disabled with physical limitations since he was born). He lives at home and presently receives Social Security.

This account was created to raise funds for the Andersen family to deal with the continuing medical costs and the cost of making it day by day (while unemployed / disabled).. All donations given through this fundraiser will be going to The Andersen Family to use as needs arise to help Penny continue her cancer treatment and for the Andersen's not to lose their home. We thank you all so very much for your support!


The Andersen family has had a pretty rough 30 months medically and financially (and they can really use as much help as possible). They've gone through Penny becoming ill due to Bladder cancer and the costs associated with the treatment / hospitalization. They now have over $10,000.00 in medical debt as a result. They also have unresolved medical costs associated with their effort to help their developmentally disabled son (Travis) over the last 18 months while trying to establish in writing his disabilities (the costs are in excess of $1,500.00). They are a proud family who tries to work out their problems themselves and to not be a burden to others.

Penny will undergo follow up scopes every 3 to 6 months for the rest of her life... with follow-up BCG treatments or chemo treatments should there be any recurrence. She is facing having her bladder removed should the tumors get past her connective tissue.

Penny is presently disabled (she was a shooting victim amongst over 13 victims of the JB Pub shooting in Elgin, IL in 2001). She has permanent limitations to her left arm (with neurological damage cause by the bullet), in addition to a bad back due to a herniated disc plus 2 bad knees (injuries that have happened over time). In addition to this, she has the above mentioned recurring Stage 1 Bladder Cancer (for which she is receiving ongoing treatment). The family has been able to reduce their monthly spend substantially over the past 22 months (they have eliminated all debts including car payments plus credit card debt and are up to date on all major bills - and with Illinois Hardest Hit approved in January 2013 for the Andersen family, much of the mortgage will be taken care of until July of 2014... and those funds that help are considered a loan by the Federal Government and are tacked onto the end of their mortgage and are due at that time). As their house is "underwater" by at least $80,000.00, they cannot sell the house to "downsize" to a lower costing house as they have a VA loan. What they need are funds for the next few to help pay down their outstanding medical costs already incurred plus to pay their monthly costs that Penny's disability check falls short of paying.

They are doing everything they can by applying for help via the different governmental programs out there. Their son Travis has done the difficult by trying to help by buying his own private medical insurance (he works at Walmart part time) - he was approved for a Humana 70/30 PPO plan.... and their parents are very proud of him in doing so. No matter what happens regarding this fund raising effort, the Andersen's appreciate everyone who has helped (God, friends, family, church, and strangers).

Steinar, Travis, and Penny Andersen

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