Recipients

Recipients of the
2020
“Jeffrey G. Hoeh”
Memorial Golf Scramble

 

Division of funds with two or more recipients

Any hole, cart, pin flag, program ad or t-shirt sponsor monies donated in a recipient’s name will go entirely to that person (minus related expenses). All proceeds from the golf scramble, to include pre-sale raffle ticket money, will be split evenly among all our recipients. Our purpose is to give back the love and kindness that was shown to us during our time of need. All our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly for the good of all our recipients to be that “touch of an angel.”

 

Lesley B. – Lesley has been married for 9 years to her husband Eric. They have 4 boys – Tyler (7 years old), Sam (5 years old), and identical twin boys – Brady & Reid (2 years old). Lesley was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in June of 2019.  She started chemo in July and finished in October after 6 cycles of chemo, Herceptin and Perjeta every 21 days. She had a bilateral mastectomy and stage one reconstruction in November with additional revision surgery in December. Stage 2 reconstruction is scheduled for March 2020 with an additional 11 cycles of Herceptin and Perjeta every 3 weeks until completion in July of 2020!

Lesley and Eric both work full time. She is trying to keep their lives as normal as possible through her treatment, surgeries, recovery, and survivorship.  She received a clean pathology report after her mastectomy surgery and chemo completion. After a life changing diagnosis, she is proud to say she is a cancer survivor! She is working as much as possible and trying to take off a limited number of days for chemo, surgeries, and Herceptin/perjeta treatments.

She was on short term disability in 2019 for her mastectomy and will be on short term disability again for her stage 2 reconstruction March 2020. She has medical insurance, but they will need to meet deductibles and out of pocket costs again in 2020 just as they did in 2019. Anthem denied claims for her genetic testing and wig. Genetic testing was needed to determine her treatment plan. She has appealed the genetic testing claims multiple times with Anthem and is working with her surgeon to justify the necessity of the testing. Her husband has been the primary caregiver for their 4 boys during her chemo and soon to be 3 surgeries since she is not able to lift/pick up the twins or do any other activities. The chemo treatments, surgeries, and current treatment surgeries have been difficult, but they have an amazing support system and she will continue to fight to show her boys that she is a survivor!!

  

Franca E. – Franca, age 30, is married to Brad and has two small children, Grant (4 years old) and Audrey (1 year old).  She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December 2019.  She has since started 6 months of chemotherapy treatments which will occur every other week.  Below is a note from Franca when sharing the news with family and friends:

“A cancer diagnosis big or small rocks you to the core. The word cancer in the same sentence as my name sucks. Suddenly, life feels so fragile and short in a way you probably haven’t felt before. Or at least, I haven’t. I have had a crazy number of tests in a very short amount of time and will begin chemotherapy soon. I’m not afraid, I am strong. I’m fierce, I’m shocked and a little angry, but I come from a STRONG stock and I have an amazing tribe behind me. Words can’t express how blessed I am to have you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray for my babies. I want life to be as “normal” as possible for them. I’ll get through this with the help of my husband, family, and friends. I don’t have a choice. “The only way out is through” is the best explanation I’ve seen, and I desperately want out. So as a young wife and mama of two, I ask you join me in prayers and support for “Franca’s Fight”! Thank you again for supporting and loving me and my family. I will beat this. And I will come out stronger on the other side.”

Franca is a hairdresser and only makes money when she works.  Treatment is hard. She has only been able to work a couple days here and there before another treatment hits again.

She’s been giving back to the community and clients all her life and it’s time for the community to give back to her.

 

 

Jennifer R. – Jennifer, age 41 is married to Lewis and Mom to Hailey (14 years old) and Kaitlyn (10 years old).   In April 2015 she was diagnosed with RRMS (Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis) and immediately started treatment to further stop any future attacks.  Due to this condition, she has had other issues that have come up and affected her day to day life.

In May 2019 she partially tore her Achilles tendon, which caused her to have to wear a cast for 10 weeks.  She is employed by the Kroger company as an administrative assistant in a very busy shipping and receiving department. The MS has worn her down and, on some days, she can barely get through the day because she is so physically and mentally exhausted.  Then in October she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.  Within 3 weeks of her diagnosis she was able to start chemotherapy. Unfortunately, she must stop taking her MS medications, so those symptoms feel like they have returned stronger than before.

Due to her MS and chemotherapy, fatigue has been a huge obstacle for her to overcome.  So not only dealing with the nausea and fatigue that comes with the Chemo, she has additional increased fatigue due to the MS.  It takes her almost a week to recover after each chemo treatment she undergoes.  This causes her to miss work and places a financial hardship on her family and leaves co-workers having to cover for her.  She still has 12 weekly treatments of chemo to get through and then after a 4-6-week break to let her body recover from the chemotherapy, she will undergo a double mastectomy this summer with a recovery time of 2 months being off work.  Daily fatigue keeps her from being able to cook dinner most nights and she spends most of her time off resting and sleeping due to the fatigue. She relies on her family to do grocery shopping or any other tasks that require being around crowds of people so she can avoid picking up germs that would prevent her from taking chemo treatments.  This has been an adjustment for her whole family, not just her husband and 2 daughters.

Help us support Jennifer and her family as they continue down this road.

 

 

Nicara W. – Nicara is a 34-year-old mom to Brody (8 years old), girlfriend, daughter, sister, dear friend and a big inspiration in her small community of Ross, OH. In Nicara’s free time, she enjoys being the team mom for her son’s football and baseball team, organizing fundraisers, planning team parties and volunteering wherever she can. She loves being outdoors, spending all her free time with family and friends, and being active. In July of 2017, Nicara was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer. Her diagnosis rattled her friends and family. She underwent a double mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemotherapy, port placement surgery, reconstruction surgery, and multiple other procedures. She never lost faith that she would beat it and kept smiling through it all.

In February of 2018, her doctors declared her cancer-free, and eventually spaced out her checkups to every 6 months for blood work. In June of 2019, she started experiencing pain in her shoulder, and a couple months later in her hip. Thinking it was a strain from her physical activities, she went about her life as usual and eventually sought out physical therapy. After four months of physical therapy with no relief, she was sent for imaging which revealed her worst nightmare. The cancer had returned with a vengeance. It had spread throughout her bones, abdomen and into her lungs. After multiple tests, doctors’ visits and scans, she was told it was Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. It is incurable as of today, but treatable. Her ability to do physical activity of any sort is hindered. She no longer can enjoy her long runs or exercise as she has always loved doing. Walking alone causes pain that some would say is unbearable, but she continues to smile, laugh, and focus on everything positive in her life.

Determined to beat this disease again and with the love of her family, friends and community to fall back on, she decided she needed to find the best place for treatment if she wanted to win this battle. While researching treatment centers, she discovered Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. They are nationally recognized for leading cancer research in the U.S. and specialize in metastatic breast cancer. Her team of doctors and nurses at Dana Farber gave her the option of being in a clinical trial that had shown promising results in other types of cancers. Her treatment regimen includes 3 pills every day, 2 injections monthly and 1 immunotherapy infusion monthly. The first month of treatment requires her to travel to Boston once a week for blood work to monitor her liver function and white blood cell count, as these medications can alter liver function and increase white blood cell count. The second month she will travel there every other week, and every month thereafter she will travel once a month. A round trip airfare to Boston averages $500 per flight per person, she always has someone with her. Nicara must be on short term disability from her job at P&G due to the frequent travel, doctors’ appointments and procedures she has endured, meaning she is only receiving a portion of her salary.

Her positive attitude, faith in God and her determination are so inspiring to everyone who knows her.