Our family was fortunate to create memories of one final adventure, on Christmas Eve. With the support of an incredible team from Skyward Balloons and a host of generous souls, we took mom for a hot air balloon ride over Hanover. (Pictures will be added as soon as I figure out how to do that on my phone).

Mom’s final flight was made possible by the kindness of others, through a GoFundMe page. I have shared the following message there, and wanted to share it with you as well. Thank you for being with us through this experience.

To our friends, family and supporters:

On behalf of my family, I want to thank you all so much for the warm thoughts, generosity and kindness that you have shown to our family. You have reminded us that we are not alone in this journey, and that the love of others is real and present in our lives.

Mom had wanted to record a thank you video that we could upload here for you, but she has declined rapidly in recent days and there just wasn’t time. Please know how much you are loved and appreciated by all of us. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude to you.

The past four years – and the last two in particular – have been a challenge for all of us. A cancer diagnosis, while centered on just one person, has a devastating impact on the entire family as well as those close by. The ripples are felt far and wide as cancer takes its hold and begins to squeeze.

Our mother has battled fiercely and given her all to live, and her death is neither fair nor logical. She has been courageous in the face of multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation and a plethora of pharmaceuticals, supplements and side effects. She is far too young to go, and yet it’s only a matter of (very little) time. Her passing will leave a massive gap in our lives and a permanent scar on our hearts … but it will also bring peace and an end to her suffering. For that, we are grateful.

Thank you again for your love and support; you have helped us to create memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

With love,

Pam, Rick, Candice, Cassie and Chelsey  


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