Barbara Ann's PTP Page
of $5,000 goal
since November 1st, 2019
Barbara, sending our support and well wishes.
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I am a survivor of breast & ovarian cancer, and I deal with recurring basal cell (skin) cancer. I have dealt with the fears, the treatment, the huge bills. I have witnessed friends, family and acquaintances in the battle – some beat it, some didn’t, all fought incredible battles. My heart breaks for each of them. My fundraising is to honor them and I walk to celebrate each of them – and their photograph goes with me.
When I lost my brother in 2016, I signed up for my first Avon 39 walk – I was in Memphis for his funeral and using a cane after just having back surgery! I don’t think my family expected me to do it, but I did that walk in June of 2017 with my sister Marcia. And I was so pumped, I signed up to do it again in 2018.
When Avon 39 then stopped sponsoring walks, I joined others from my Solo Strutters team and walked in my first PTP walk in 2018 with my sister Bonnie. She and her family had just survived the 2018 category 5 hurricane in Panama City, but she and her daughter were right there with me!
I signed up for the 2020 PTP walk on the same day a dear friend, Michelle O., called me to tell me she had colon cancer. She made it through treatment and tests are looking good! This year is partly in her honor!
I also walk for Rick M., who was diagnosed and passed after his surgery, way too young; my friend Tonya C., who continues her heroic battle against inoperable brain cancer, and as always, for my brother Bruce N.
On the bright side, I have seen articles about successes in new research and treatments, giving more hope to everyone in the fight!
Cancer has become all too common! We are all in the fight in some way, whether we know it or not. I have simply shifted from watching and occasionally donating, to advocating and openly fighting for resources. Resources that will sponsor research and programs that help individuals with rides, support, testing, and so many other things they need.
Our healthcare system is not supporting everyone in every way. Even if you have good insurance, you will likely have co-pays and other expenses that aren’t covered. Some medications/treatments are too costly and aren’t covered. People have to cut out things to pay the bills. Many earn too much to qualify for social programs, but too little to survive the massive debt.
That is why I am asking for your support. Please help me to raise the funds to help those that are struggling to get through their battles with dignity and take care of their families. And to support the research that is seeking cures for every type of cancer.