Help Betty Belanger Get Her Final Wish!
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Betty, age 66, was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, which she learned had also spread to her liver, in November 2012. She quickly learned her diagnosis was terminal, and this type of cancer is aggressive. She was given two ...
Betty, age 66, was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, which she learned had also spread to her liver, in November 2012. She quickly learned her diagnosis was terminal, and this type of cancer is aggressive. She was given two options: Forego any treatment, with a life expectancy of 3-6 months, OR undergo aggressive chemotherapy, which could increase her life expectancy by 12 -18 months. She chose to receive chemotherapy. While chemo has given her more time to spend with family and friends, it's powerful nature has taken a toll on her body and spirit since November.

Betty has been talking about a dream she would love desperately during whatever remaining quality time she has left. So I, her daughter, reached out to the Dream Foundation (like Make-A-Wish, but for adults) at the prompting of her home health care team, and they have agreed to grant her wish! What is her wish? To go to San Diego and stay on the beach, with my father, myself (her only child), my husband, and her only two grandsons with whom she adores. She wanted to create a special vacation memory for her family to remember, especially her grandsons, as her family has not been able to take a true vacation together in over 4 years. And, due to her weakness, she wanted to stay right on the beach, so she can sit whenever she wants and watch the ocean tides roll in between some activities she would love to do with her family in tow.

Here is where Betty needs our help. While the Dream Foundation has arranged for accommodations in San Diego, and one additional family activity, in which they can make happen as early as NEXT MONDAY, April 21, 2013, they cannot facilitate everything unfortunately to help her dream come true.

My mother is an amazing woman, with a heart of gold, who has selflessly given to others her entire life. And now, she can use US to give to HER in the hope of granting her wish. ANYTHING you can donate will help! And if any extra funds are raised, they will be used directly for future costs related to her terminal illness. BUT PLEASE NOTE: Since the donations made here are not directly going through The Dream Foundation, chances are it may not be able to be used as a tax deduction.

Unfortunately, donations CANNOT be made directly to The Dream Foundation and applied to her dream, despite it appearing that way at www.dreamfoundation.org However, if you have have any questions as it relates to her dream, you may call Shersy Benson, Dream Coordinator, at 805-564-2131, ext 112, or email her at shersy@dreamfoundation.org

Please help make my mother's dream a reality by donating now. The dream clock is ticking for as early at 7 days away! Your generosity is so greatly appreciated.
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