With much sadness, the Fighting Spirit Family announces that owner Lisa Simmons has recently been diagnosed with Brain Cancer. During a procedure to conduct a biopsy, the tumor began bleeding which resulted in an emergency extension of the procedure to stop the bleeding and resulted in the removal of approximately 85% of the tumor. The pathology reports came back last week with the news that the cancer is of an aggressive form and is already re-growing. Lisa is in good spirits and prepared to Fight!
A complication with insurance coverage, as a result of their move to Maine, will result in a lapse in coverage for the month of December. This is going to result in a significant financial burden on Rod & Lisa as she must begin radiation and chemotherapy in December to have a chance a beating back the cancer. The financial estimate while they are not covered is staggering ($125 to $150K).
The Fighting Spirit Family has created a web page to assist with fundraising for Rod & Lisa. Any contribution is appreciated, beyond words that I could possibly convey in this email. My hope is that you will encourage all folks connected with your programs to make a donation.
On behalf of Rod & Lisa, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and consideration. I wish each of you and your families a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Holiday Season!