Sharing impact stories of some of the Chemo Noir recipients. We are happy to have helped nearly 20 patients in our community since our inception in 2016. Be inspired and keep fighting the good fight!
Tom McManus and our friends at The Horse’s Mouth did an amazing job telling the Chemo Noir story and the impact that we are having in the Jacksonville community. You can hear more from our partners and sponsors here:
https://vimeo.com/340965456 (My Choice Housecalls, DOME and Casa Marina)
https://vimeo.com/340966319 (Allstate’s Angie King, The Sangria Truck and Southern Swells)
https://vimeo.com/340967624 (Kat Casey and Nicole Bickford, director of partners & sponsors)
To the amazing team at Chemo Noir:
When I was first diagnosed with lung cancer, I had no idea just how much this journey would impact my family and me. My cancer was Stage 2, and the doctors thought that the treatment would be short. We went into battle with high hopes. I say “we” because my cancer not only affects me and my health, but that of my family as well. My wife is a “glass half full” kind of gal, and that helped me keep my spirits up, but as it turned out, my treatment was not the walk in the park we had first expected. Rather, it lingered on and on with every “last treatment” resulting in another round and then another round, etc. Not only did the treatments result in the loss of my hair, the loss of my appetite, multiple bouts of thrush, frightening trips to the emergency room, but it also resulted in us beginning to doubt that we’d get through this financially. The doctors’ visits, endless prescriptions, and continuing chemo treatments became extremely expensive. To add to the emotional toll of dealing with cancer, we now had to deal with the reality of not being able to afford the treatments. My wife and I are on Social Security, and we struggle enough to get by without huge medical expenses. When we realized that we were unable to afford the treatments, we began to lose hope. We have always been a hard-working family. In fact, I worked up until my cancer prohibited me from continuing to work. My wife took on a temporary part-time job, but with each added expense, our life as we knew it disappeared. In its place was financial stress and the guilt and anguish that comes along with not being able to provide for our family’s needs.
Just when we were at our lowest, our angel, Pat, appeared. She referred us to Chemo Noir to see if they could possibly help with our situation. Your organization reached out to us and took the financial strain off our backs. It was like being led from the darkness into the light. We could breathe again. We could concentrate solely on my health without worrying about the financial burden. Our spirits were lifted, and we can continue our battle with strength and courage.
Your organization allowed us to fight the good fight, and we will continue to do so thanks to people like you. My latest scans have been good, and I truly believe that emotional health is as important to healing as physical health. You have given us back our hope. You have been the answer to our prayers, and we cannot thank you enough.
If someone were to ask me to sum up Chemo Noir in one word, it would be miracle. Your organization was the miracle my wife and I needed when we had reached our lowest point. Once again, our glass is half full.
God bless Chemo Noir. You are helping so many people fight—and WIN--the battle of their lives.
Dave and Kathy
I consider myself truly blessed despite my battle with cancer and grieving for my precious son to be referred to your organization. Your quick response and genuine compassion to a perfect stranger brought myself and my family to tears of joy.
Despite dealing with the diagnosis of breast cancer, my heart full of fear turned out to be nothing compared to the day the Detectives knocked on my door that Sunday morning to inform me my only son Alex was killed by a distracted driver on his way home from work.I wanted to die...it hurts to live every day without him. My mom would make me go to chemo while I sat there and cried, wanting to give up. I had lunch with my son that day March 3rd at Outback to celebrate my birthday not ever imagining that was the last time I would hug and kiss him goodbye for the last time. My son just turned 26, he was very responsible and driven. He worked at the Beaches Bike shop all thru school and finally last year got a break. He was hired by Ringpower...he loved it !! He continued to work his second job as concert security every weekend saving to buy his own home. His many friends spoke at his service and they all spoke of his loyalty, free spirit and his LOVE for life .I then discovered at 26 yrs old he brought more joy and accomplished so much in his short time here than most people can do in a lifetime. The morning of March 9th over 500 people showed up to celebrate my son.We were blown away.To say he is missed by many is an understatement.
I know he would want me to keep experiencing life, love and laughter for him till it It is my time to crossover and he'll be there to take my hand. I now have a guardian Angel looking over me from above and Chemo Noir Angels here..with your help I don't have the financial stress, anxiety every day and somehow feel that God sent you to me..with gratitude forever in my heart. Please feel free to use our names, If I can go on to give strength and encourage women to...my painful story will have a purpose and make my son proud !!! SO THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!