2021 Gift of Life Recipients
Our friends Kyle and Abby recently shared some exciting news with us on January 1st, 2021. While in the process of getting ready to move into their newly built home, they found out they would be giving their two-year-old daughter, Monroe, not only one sibling but two. Twins! Very exciting news. A few weeks after they shared the news of the pregnancy, Abby was diagnosed with breast cancer. On January 11th, 2021 she was told that she had ductal carcinoma 1B cancer. She began receiving treatment on Febuary 1, 2021 when she was just 12 weeks pregnant. She is currently getting chemo every other week for 6 weeks and then receiving chemo every week for the following 12 weeks. She will need additional procedures and treatment after the children are born. The twins due date is in August. Life has been a roller coaster of emotion for Abby and Kyle. The Gift of Life has always been an organization that holds a special place in our hearts as we love the community we live in and support. We continue pray for the Begers and feel a strong need to share their story with you and truly believe they need our help and support as a community united together
On July 9 started out as a typical day, by bedtime Chad started experiencing symptoms of involuntary movements, confusion, and seizure like systems which earned him an ambulance ride to Sheboygan Memorial hospital. CT scans showed a spot on the brain that looked concerning and sent him back in the ambulance to St. Lukes Hospital.
Heather, was diagnosed with Melanoma in May 2020 after having a mole removed. The melanoma quickly spread to her lymph nodes, liver, spine and pelvis. She is now at stage 4 Melanoma. Due to the fractures in her back she was unable to return to work for nearly a year. Heather has had allergic reactions to many of her treatments, causing her to give up her management position. She has been battling colitis, caused by one of her treatments, for about 4 weeks. She is unable to start her next cancer medication until the colitis is completely gone. Heather is also seeing a cardiologist for possible heart issues caused by the treatments. Despite her not being able to finish any treatment plans due to reactions, her scans always show improvement.