This "WePay" page has been set up by family friend, Frances Curry, at the request of Sara's sister, Beth (Jones) Mortell. We are currently asking for and accepting donations to help Sara get to an alternative therapy clinic of her choice (see details below).
Our beloved Sara has received some not good news from her most current PET scan. Her cancer has both grown in the places it was before and spread to other parts of her body where it wasn't before, including her chest and her liver. Sadly, this isn't her first battle with cancer. Keep reading...
Essentially, she is no longer a candidate for conventional therapies and, as a result, her best chances will be alternative therapies. The places that keep coming up based on suggestions/recommendations that offer the MOST hope are:
1. Emory Liver Center http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/liver/treatments-services/liver-resection.html in Atlanta
2. The Block Center http://www.blockmd.com/ in Chicago
3. Dr. Burzynski's clinic (http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/) in Houston
However the costs are not only astronomical, they are also out of pocket. Just to get her in the door is $25,000 - not including all the supplemental costs associated (i.e. medicines, etc).
Sara is a medically retired firefighter (City of Norfolk) and income is not in her favor - as she is on a fixed income. Obviously, she needs financial support to get to this clinic.
Sara does work on a volunteer basis for Old Dominion University - Women's Basketball as the Assistant to the Head Coach, Karen Barefoot, and has been an integral part of the team and is an inspiration to any and all who know her. Watch this video: http://www.wavy.com/dpp/sports/odu-hoops-for-a-cure
that the local news channel broadcast in February this year.
Please also enjoy this video tribute in honor of Sara put together by ODU's Head Coach, Karen Barefoot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAEE1_YId9A&feature=youtu.be
Here is a submission I received from a fellow sister firefighter:
"We wanted you to know a little more about (ret.) firefighter Sara Jones: The firefighter brotherhood/sisterhood is a special bond often hard to explain or express, it has no boundaries despite the country, city or town…it is not just about the job, but taking pride in your work, sharing experiences, and taking care of each other. It is because of this we “sound the alarm” and ask for your help.
Our dear friend and sister firefighter is asking for our help: Sara Jones was a firefighter w/ Norfolk FD for 9 years before being forced to medically retire.
Please enjoy this video we put together of our firefighting sister, "Jonesy".
Sara is an amazing woman - not only does she fight, but has taken up the battle against breast cancer for all women...giving women the opportunity to take control of their lives - mentally, physically, financially and emotionally." - P. L. (FL)
The following excerpt shared by Sara Jones herself:
"I will never forget September 2001: Not only was I mourning the loss of my firefighting brothers and sisters in the terrorist attacks on the twin towers; I was waiting to find out if I had a life threatening disease: breast cancer. I was dealing with all sorts of emotions. How would this impact my career as a firefighter? As my fellow firefighters and I awaited the call to ground zero, I received the dreaded news, and my reality became the fact that I had my own ground zero to fight right here, inside my own body. Little did I know that I was to embark on a journey of reinventing myself along the way, physically, mentally and spiritually...redefining myself as a whole.
Surrender to whatever it takes, even twice. Life is about survival. What does that mean? Here I am, 28 years old, with aggressive breast cancer and given less than 50% chance of survival. Best shape of my life; a firefighter; a gym owner. Breast cancer - not a death sentence! My second chance at life, OK lets fight. "WHATEVER IT TAKES" ... COURAGE! Bi-lateral mastectomy, 6 months of chemo, 9 reconstructive surgeries. 4 years cancer free. Almost to 5...the magic number. Recurrence, 33 years old! My worst fear becomes reality. Fight again. Surgery, more reconstruction. Move to Houston, TX, radiation, burnt, scarred. Death sentence...NO WAY. 3rd chance at life. And then more news- stage 4 breast cancer that had now metastasized to the bones. GIVE UP? Oh No - My purpose...fight the battle for everyone, pay it forward..."WHATEVER IT TAKES!" COURAGE!" - SLJ
Folks, its so easy to say "no" or "I can't" at first - but maybe, just maybe, you can validate $1, $5, or $10 dollars or even more to donate to help get our girl the treatments that she needs.
If you can find it within your budget and within your heart to donate, please do so here. Her family and I and her closest friends are collecting and fundraising on her behalf to help her get to this clinic ASAP.
ANY AMOUNT helps - no matter how big or how small. Please help. At the very least, please share this page with others via Facebook, Google +, Twitter (http://tinyurl.com/GetJonesyToHouston), email, text, word-of-mouth, carrier pigeons, whatever. :)
And, if you just simply cannot or won't - that's ok. We'll also accept words of encouragement and prayers. Don't forget to leave your comments! :)
"WHATEVER IT TAKES"
On behalf of Sara and her family, we all THANK YOU for your generosity.
"In life's garden, kindness is the sweetest flower." - Anonymous