Life for Melissa, her husband, and their daughter was pretty normal for a young family until she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in November 2018. A major issue for the family was that her treatment had been a 2.5 hour drive one way. Although she was coming to the end of her treatment, the family had run out of savings, while depending on only one income.
Upon receiving Melissa's application for financial assistance, Hands for Holly was able to help cover their rent, cell phone, and auto loan. The funds have lightening the load for an already over burdened family and has allowed them to focus on Melissa's care during her homestretch of fighting cancer.
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM MELISSA'S HUSBAND
“We have been doing well, health wise we can’t complain at all. I am considered an essential employee and so is Melissa, so we have been working up until this week. Unfortunately, someone in Melissa’s office tested positive so she has taken this week and possibly next week off unpaid in order to avoid any more exposure than is absolutely necessary. Normal day to day life has not changed all that much though, we are trying to keep our routines and habits consistent for our daughter. Thank you for reaching out and thinking of us and hope that you all stay safe and healthy.”
During April & May, Pay It Forward Hands for Holly Challenge is asking individuals, families, and businesses to join the challenge and support local families fighting cancer who are in critical need from COVID-19.
The fear we now face from COVID and the uncertainty ahead can be overwhelming; much like what our families live with every day from cancer. Coronavirus is scary for everyone, but even more so for cancer patients with compromised immune systems. In addition, cancer families already face serious financial barriers, but they are now compounded by COVID. Our families are in greater need now than ever before.
DONATE TO THE HANDS FOR HOLLY COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND