On behalf of our dear brother and uncle, thank you for your most generous payment of $800 toward Michael's property taxes. This financial assistance has definitely relieved a heavy burden while Michael continues his treatment for glioblastoma. Michael needs a miracle and we are waiting for God to give him one. We deeply appreciate your generosity and will forever remember your kindness.
My name is Bob Wooden. I am a 32yo Service Manager at a Bar/Restaurant in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD. I have never had any serious medical problems or obtained medical insurance for more than 10 years. I just started my new job in April 2018 and was not eligible for medical insurance yet. I broke my hand in August 2017 and was not ready for all of the expenses but I made sure to get the health insurance once it was available in October 2017.
In December 2017, I began having headaches that were not able to be relieved by any medication and were nonstop. I went to my Primary Care Provider and Urgent Care to receive migraine medication that unfortunately did not help. I started vomiting one morning and there was no way I could work. I went to Johns Hopkins Bayview ER, and that’s when the CT and MRI showed the tumor in my cerebellum. I was transferred to the John Hopkins downtown location by ambulance two days later to have surgery. I was told I would need Craniospinal Radiation followed by 4 cycles of Chemotherapy (I just finished Cycle 4). I had been told about Proton Therapy at University of MD by my girlfriend and planned to do that instead of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. When University of Maryland saw my records, they said I needed another surgery to get rid of a residual tumor. So the neurosurgeon from John Hopkins called and said they needed to do a second surgery and would go into the same place of the brain. The second surgery left me with memory problems, speech problems, and word finding difficulties. This has been very challenging with my job and they are very supportive of me. I have had several responsibilities taken away from me due to issues from the second surgery. I completed a month of Proton Therapy at University of Maryland on 22March18 and started my first of 4 cycles of Cisplatin/Etoposide Chemotherapy on 08May18.
This journey has been a struggle for me because I have always been an independent person. It is very hard for me to talk/transform the thoughts in my head into the words. Bills from separate places and facilities have been overwhelming and exhausting. My friends, family, and job have been very supportive and are keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.
I know that my insurance company has been billed for over $250,000. I am thankful every day that I obtained medical insurance in October 2017. I can't imagine if I had not obtained insurance. I am facing out of pocket maximums for 2 calendar years, 2017 and 2018. My out of pocket maximum increased 2017 to 2018 from $6250 to $7300. I have been billed $10,273 just from Johns Hopkins Physicians for charges from January 2018. I am very confused the exact amounts but I know that I owe a lot of money. I have debt collectors contacting me daily and weekly. I am still paying off medical bills from my hand this summer at another facility. I have had to cut back my hours at work due to recovery, the after affects of surgeries, and going through radiation/chemotherapy. I can't wait to put all of this behind me and am writing to see if there was any financial help available. I would be happy to provide any further information or details. Thanks for your consideration.
I want to thank you for the grant to help with my lodging. I was diagnosed with a medullablastoma at age of 45. normally found in children but found in one of million adults. brain cancer. treatment recommended away from home. needed to stay in hotel for 30 days. out of pocket of course but the treatment was the best so no choice is there? went for treatment; hoping for the best. thank you again for helping me defer these costs!!!
I suffer with depression and my depression less me to the ER on Christmas eve. The doctor there ran an MRI and discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was removed followed by physical therapy and then radiation. My short term disability ran out after 90 days and Mission for Maureen stepped in and helped out with my household Bill's to keep me afloat. I cant thank them enough for being so quick to help out. It took so much stress off of me if only for a little while. Every little bit helps and I will definitely ne paying it forward when I am able.
Mission4Maureen helped me with my medical bills, they were prompt and very accommodative. I will always remember them on my recovery journey from Brain Tumor.
There is so much good to be said about Mission for Maureen! This foundation paid my rent two months in a row and then some! They have been a real blessing in my life and I am eternally grateful for their financial support and caring.
My father was recently diagnosed with a GBM brain tumor, and it's been hard on my family. Mission4Maureen is a great organization that helped us tremendously during this difficult time. They are very generous and understanding! I am very grateful to them.
I certainly am grateful for the monetary amount sent to Orlando Health Cancer center recently... I am certain that others who benefited from your generous contribution, are just as grateful as I am. Brain cancer research and current treatments, have continued through your organization and the generosity of those benefactors who help finding a cure for cancer. Thank you.
Thank you so very much Mission4Maureen you have been a true blessing for me and my family . Thanks for paying our bills real fast. Yall are easily a 5 star organization. Highly recommend yall did what yall said you would do and more. May God bless yall always. So veryThankful Steve and Carol Sykes
Mission4Maureen was a great resource for our family after our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They stepped up and help cover some of our bills that we were unable to pay due to missing work for his treatment. We are grateful for Mission4Maureen and blessed that they helped us in a time where we needed it most.
It was a year ago when devastation hit our family. Our only son and the oldest of our three children seemed to be in perfect health and was in college living the good life. He pitched for his college baseball team and worked for the Cleveland Indians . While working the fan fest he was found unresponsive and in a seizure.
He was rushed to Cleveland Clinic ER by emergency squad . They did a MRI which showed a large mass on the left side just behind his ear. The doctors said because of its size it had probably been growing for years and they were almost certain it wasn’t cancerous. Two weeks later an awake craniotomy was performed . The doctors met with us after surgery and explained that it went very well and they were able to get nearly 100 percent of the tumor. Once again because of the tumors appearance they were almost positive it was not cancer but explained it would be sent away for pathology.
Two weeks later the pathology report showed different . It was anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3.
Seven weeks of daily treatment soon began at the Cleveland Clinic . Since we lived nearly 3 hours away we decided we would make the drive everyday. Not even a week had passed and we realized we were going to have to stay in Cleveland the drive was just to much.
It was like our family was split into . My younger sisters were in school so between my dad and grandparents they managed to take care of them while my mom stayed in Cleveland with me. The living expense of one household is enough these days and now my family had our extra lodging and living expenses as well of the many other expenses involved with out of town medical treatment.
We reached out to Mission 4 Maureen to help catch up with utilities . These people are wonderful to say the least. I want to thank Mission 4 Maureen for their generosity and for all the hard work they do to help families in need. I only hope that someday I will be able to give back and help other families the way they have helped mine and so many more. Thanks again you are amazing.
Kaden Wortman and family
will never forget December 16, 2017. On that day, my 41 year old husband was admitted to our local ER after reporting several headaches. There, they did a CT scan and discovered hemorrhage and mild shifting on his brain. They transported him in an ambulance to Swedish Medical Center, where the medical staff confirmed he had a tumor the size of a small plum in his let temporal lobe.
The Neurosurgeon recommended an immediate surgery the next day. I was scared, confused, and after the surgeon explained what could go wrong during surgery, and was terrified.
He went under surgery for 5 hours and came out amazingly good. He was making jokes and demanding drinks! I knew he was back! However, the worse was to come. The surgeon was able to remove 99% of the tumor, it this was malignant tumor. We heard the most horrific words: You have brain cancer. Not only any cancer, but one of the most aggressive types: Glioblastoma stage 4.
Our world was turned upside down; I was devastated, upset, sad, and helpless. Life changes literally in a second, it is true. I was questioning how can this happen to a healthy, active, caring, good person? What have we done to deserve this? We had a very fun, active, and peaceful life, and now is worries and uncertainty.
14 months late, I am happy to report that my husband is doing extremely well. He is tolerating treatment and still enjoying sports and the outdoors.
Thank you Mission4Maureen for your generous donation. Your support has given us some monetary relief.
Thank you from the bottom of my hear for your compassion and all you do.
I am a mother of 5 working 2 jobs when the worst happened. I had a seizure and was taken to the ER to find out that I had a brain tumor. Part of it was removed and was found to be malignant. The journey started with radiation and then chemo. My family and friends have been so supportive and then I was introduced to Mission4Maureen. This organization decided to help me since I had been out of work for 5 months. I have never met anyone personally only communicating through emails. Yet they were there for me. I hope to get back on my feet and be able to give back to this organization that is so willing to help others just out of the kindness of their hearts. Thank you so much.
It was on 03/02/2016 I was in class when I got the call my wife had fallen and hit her head. I made her go to the ER as a precaution and that is when a mass was discovered. The 1st neurosurgeon we saw basically told us to go home because she would not survive the biopsy because the mass was in the Pons area of the Brain Stem.
We contacted her oncologist ( wife is a breast cancer survivor ) and he immediately referred her to Duke Med within a few weeks. There we met with several Dr's. They did comprehensive neurology work up to try to determine if it was a tumor or some type of infection because she did not exhibit any major symptoms with a mass that large. It was early April 2016 when we were notified that she would be referred to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center @ Duke. There we met with Dr. Allan Friedman, a Neurosurgeon @ Duke and decided to do the biopsy the next day 04/06/16. Our fears were confirmed the next week , it was cancer Anaplastic Astrocytoma WHO grade 3 in the brain stem. Our next step was to fight . She started Chemo and did 2 rounds with little to no effect. That is when they implemented Avastin into her treatment regimen and we began to see improvement.
Thankfully Mission 4 Maureen was there when we needed it the most. They were able to help us with mortgage assistance and some of our medical cost. It was a huge relief to know that there were people who cared enough to help those who were dealing with such a horrific disease. We are 18 months in and she's fighting everyday to beat this monster. Once again, the words "Thank You " as simple and strong as they are, cannot truly convey our deepest gratitude to Mission 4 Maureen for what they did for us.
Was diagnosed this summer with glio brain tumor. Medical bills very expensive even with insurance but Mission4Maureen step up with generous donation. Excellent and Thanks for your help! !!!
I was diagnosed with a brain tumor last May. Needless to say, it knocked me down with shock and grief. I am a 35 mother of 5 and work as a mental health professional. Treatment has been difficult, physically, mentally and financially. Thanks to Mission4Maureen, I was able to have assistance with my rent and a utility bill. Words cannot express how much stress it took off of me so that I could focus on my recovery. I will never be able to thank them enough for their love, generosity and understanding. Their presence in my life has definitely been the highlight of my journey that I will never forget! ❤️ Chelsea Edwards
Thank you for your help and support with my diagnosis. It is very much appreciate that you help working individuals who have had a medical bills from my time in the hospital. I am thankful for your organization.
My Husband Was Diagnosed with A High Grade of Gliosarcoma A Grade IV Tumor Witch Is Actualy More Aggressive Form Of Glioblastoma Multiforme 12/12/12 He Had Surgery To Remove This and Had Radiation and Chemo For Treatments He Traveled Out Of State for This , September 2015 He Had a Nodgle Develop and Had It Removed and Took Chemo & Radiation Again He Has Been On Chemo for a Full Year Now .. Due To Nathans Condition He Was Never To Return To Work and That Left Myself To Support Our Very Large Family we Have 7 Children all Under The age of 15 yrs I Was Able to Work and Struggle With all of our Daily Bills until July 2016 I Finally Had To Stop Working To Take Total Care Of Nathan as His Condition Has Progressed He Was No longer able To Stay By Him Self or Watch our Children Nathan Did Get His Social Security Started and Medicare but it Still Was Not To Keep all of our Bills Current I was Told About Mission 4 Maureen That Helped Brain Tumor Patiance So Applied For Help Not Knowing We Would Be Approved Quickly They Have Lifted A Big Burden off our Shoulders They Was Able To Pay our Loan Payments on The Van and Got Them Caught up , This is our only Transportaion To Get Nathan To and From all of His Medical Appointments and Taking Care of the Family Needs .. Our Heart is Filled With Great Appreciation for What Mission 4 Maureen Has Been Able to Help Us .. Today I Cried With Joy not Sadness ! Thank You Again from The Bottom Of our Heart We are Able To Keep our Van .
God Bless Mission4Maureen!
Scott was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform Grade IV on November 19, 2014 and has done great up until three weeks ago. Scott had a stroke and now has lost strength on his left side.
I lost my job June 2016 due to the FMLA and they denied my unemployment so things are starting to get really tough for us. I reached out to Mission4Maureen and they helped us out. We are so grateful and will always keep this foundation in our thoughts and prayers.
When we found out that they were going to help us, it brought tears to both of our eyes. We can not express enough on how grateful we are.
Scott and Angela Symington
My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 13,2016. He has a craniotomy to remove approx. 75% of the tumor. Then he spent 6 weeks doing radiation. We were driving five hours a day to ensure he was receiving the best care possible. This meant during this time he was unable to work. I was unable to work, as we have 3 small children and my husband is unable to drive. He is currently on his 4th round of chemo. We really appreciate the help of Mission4Maureen. They paid our mortgage, so we could focus on receiving treatments needed. We are so grateful. Mission4Maureen is a blessing to our family.