Fighting Cancer Today (FCT) was founded in 2020 by Cierra Johnson (Daughter & Founder) and Anita Johnson (Mother & Co-Founder). The two saw the need for essential non-medical assistance for cancer patients once they returned home from hospital stays and treatments after Cierra, a 2x breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed in 2019. Anita has been a frontline caregiver for Cierra and many other loved ones who have battled cancer. Thoughts and ideas were shared between the two, and FCT was born. Together, we vowed we would walk on the frontlines alongside cancer patients, families, and support teams as they, too, fight cancer. We know we are better when we fight together, and we are committed to fighting alongside families in Southern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and surrounding areas.
On behalf of Fighting Cancer Today, we would like to thank you for considering joining us to support the Joines family. Eric, Alana, and William's lives changed overnight after Eric was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma in September of 2021. This cancer has eaten through the nose, tissue bone, and part of Eric's eye socket. After more than four surgeries, 33 rounds of radiation, numerous trips to St. Louis for treatment, and a loss of income, they need our support. Eric most recently found out he has lung cancer and is having difficulty breathing. Our goal in helping this family is to raise a minimum of $4,500 to cover their two-month living expenses, hotel stays, food, and gas for Eric's upcoming procedure that will take place before the end of the year. We humbly ask for your support in helping us raise funds so they can continue in this fight for their lives.
The Joines Family is very active in the Southern Illinois Community. Eric has supported River Radio, local churches, and schools for the last 20 years. Alana was employed for over ten years by SIU Credit Union and now works three jobs as a Paraprofessional at Carbondale Middle School, school bus driver, and teaches trombone lessons. Alana has not given up hope and is still working towards her Special Ed Teaching Degree. On top of this, William, who is only ten years old, has developed terrible separation anxiety and worries about his dad dying since this all started.
This family has not given up hope, and neither have we. Please join us in fighting alongside the Joines Family. They need our help now more than ever, and together, we can help them stay in this fight.
Join us on November 19th, 2022 for a Chili Dinner & Cake Walk at 4:00pm at Robinson Transport which is located at 300 W. Willow St. Carbondale, IL 62901. Dinner is $15 per adult or $10 per child. Entertainment includes cake walk, auction, and 50/50 raffle.
Proceeds will go directly to the Joines Family.
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$1,200 or $100/month will provide one month of living expenses. Your support will allow them to maintain stable housing & working utilities while in treatment.
$300 or $25/month will provide one month of electricity, gas, or phone service for a family, allowing them to stay warm and connected to their family, friends, and doctors.
$300 or $25/month will provide healthy meals for one month for a family of 2, removing the stressors associated with the increased cost of food and meal prepping.
$300 or $25/month will provide one month of transportation assistance allowing families to receive the care and treatment they need by not missing a doctor's appointment.
$60 or $5/month will provide four comfort kits for one family. Each personalized comfort kit helps restore hope and comfort to a cancer patient or caregiver.
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