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A Reason

Published January 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

I can’t imagine what it must be like to tell someone, ‘you have cancer’.  I know what it’s like to find out a family member has it.  I also know what it’s like to hear those words spoken directly to you.

Cancer seems to be dominating my family.  I’m the latest recipient its chosen to challenge.  I refuse to let it remove me from this Earth.  This is a battle I WILL win!  I have started a program for local cancer warriors; in my sister’s name.  With fighting my own battle, I admit, I haven’t done a lot with the program lately.

However, I believe my own battle with colon cancer has shown me a reason for my fight.  It is utterly amazing how horrible insurance co-payments are in regards to paying for medications, doctor visits and tests.  The apathy is overwhelming.  It’s not like medical professionals know what patients are dealing with.  Non-profit foundations, that advertise co-payment assistance are nothing short of laughable.  They either refuse to assist if you have commercial insurance or funding just isn’t available.  Many will only cover Medicare or the uninsured.  Other programs are drug-specific and if you have a unpopular cancer, then your chances for assistance decline even further.

I have decided, once I beat my cancer, I will be diligently working on making the Kathi Cares Program a nonprofit.  The focus will still be supporting local cancer warriors.  However, the primary focus will shift to aiding those who need monetary assistance with prescription (and care) co-payments.

I want the assistance to be available almost immediately versus putting the applicant through weeks’ worth of waiting and worry on how they are going to cover the necessary medication or office visits.

If this is the reason I was destined to go through my own cancer battle, then challenge accepted.  I struggle with the ability to afford my own treatment.  I do have a fundraiser to aid in that.  I am too young for my cancer (as I am repeatedly told), but I have yet to find funding to assist me.  This is my only option, until I can get another job to help me pay for my treatment.

I will beat this and then I will help those who are experiencing what I am dealing with.  Together, we can make a difference.  Together we are a community.

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Relay for Life: Tomorrow

Published July 10, 2015 by lynn k scott

The day is finally here; or will be tomorrow.  I’m making my Relay post now because tomorrow, there is just no way possible for that to happen.

We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. and get ready to pack up the cars and leave for the Relay around 6:00 a.m.  My daughter, who is nine, will be spending the next 24+ hours with me at the Relay.  She is very excited to be a participant and is looking forward to manning the booth and selling items to add to our team donation.

This will be my first year being a team captain and I can guarantee it won’t be my last.  This will be a way for me to honor my sister, Kathi, while we support those who have won or are still fighting their battle.

The theme of the Relay is “Movies”.  Being my co-captain and I are both military moms, we chose to go with a military-type movie.  We didn’t have a lot of time to choose and picked, “Max”.  I contacted a local movie theater to see if they had any promotional posters.  As luck would have it, they did. Phew…I didn’t know where I’d get a Malinois on such short-notice.

I’ve printed up words and laminated them:  Honor, Loyalty, Semper-Fi.  We are going to hang them around our booth.  We’ll hang our poster and decorate with red, white and blue streamers.

We received some donations to raffle off:  a tutu dress, an afghan, and a few other items.

tutu

We will donate some homemade brownies for the dessert part of the evening that will take place at midnight.  We are going to also sell homemade cookies, biscotti, muffins, popcorn balls (gluten-free) and brownies (gluten-free) lip balm, glitter crayons, earrings and rings.

crayons

We should have a lot of fun.  The lil miss is looking forward to staying up as late as she wants.  I don’t think she’ll make it much past midnight, but we’ll see.  I am pretty much taking the 12-6 shift to be walking.  For me, that is “my time” to remember my sister.

The luminaria dedication is at 9:00 p.m.  I am glad it’s then because I was in tears when my daughter started decorating the luminaria bags.  I shed a couple more when she completed them and almost lost it when I received an email about a caption for Kathi’s picture for the dedication.  At least the red circles that develop under my eyes will be somewhat masked by the darkness of the evening; even though the track is somewhat lit up.

1st bag

luminaries

I am excited for tomorrow and what it will bring.  Each year we will continue to grow our team and make more strides to wiping out cancer and making it a permanent memory!

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