Peace for the Plourdes

For: Aaron Plourde
Durham, NC
Organizer: Sophie Williams
of $100,000 goal
34% Complete
Raised by 440 donors

The Story

Aaron Plourde was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2017, which was a stunning blow for a man so young. Since then, he has been fighting, undergoing months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Recently, after months of treatment, Aaron and his family learned that despite this, his cancer is growing quickly and he is no longer a candidate for potentially life-saving surgery. Aaron is now receiving palliative treatment so he can enjoy the limited time that he has left with his wife, his young children, and all the friends and family who know and love him.

As you can imagine, the financial burden from the cost of Aaron’s medical care is significant. In addition to this, Aaron is now too sick to work, and his wife cares for him and their children almost full-time. Once Aaron is gone, she will bear the cost of end-of-life expenses, home repairs, and all of the monthly expenses to keep their family afloat for years to come. The burden is immense, and as members of their circle of friends, we so want to give this hard-working family the financial freedom to live together now and to take time to grieve together, without worrying about how they will keep their home and provide for their children. 

The goal of this fundraiser is two-fold: 1) to decrease the stress this family is feeling so that they can focus on making memories during the time they have left together, and 2) to give Aaron some peace of mind that his family’s financial burden will be lightened. 

Please join us in making a donation in support of the Plourde family, and help provide #PeaceforthePlourdes. No amount is too small! Donations will go directly to the Plourde family, to give them peace of mind and alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with a devastating diagnosis like this one.

Donate using the button on this page, or you can mail a check to: Julia Monley Plourde, 5014 Green Oak Drive, Durham, NC 27712.

Here's how you can help: 

  1. Make a gift if you can. Any amount helps! 
  2. Spread the word! Share this link on your social media channels, email to your family and friends, or ask just one other person if they can make a small (or large!) gift. 
  3. Take to your community! Are you a member of a church family or other community group? Ask if they would consider directing a portion of weekly donations to the Plourde family, or donating as an organization. Do you have a neighborhood message board, or are you in a particularly active Facebook group? Post there! We need your help in connecting with the broader community to help us relieve some of the financial burden for this sweet family who is already facing so much. 

THANK YOU for helping provide #PeaceforthePlourdes! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 27, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018

We know this crowdfunding site will be shared beyond the circle of Julia and Aaron's friends and family. For those of you who don't personally know this amazing family...


MADDOX, 18 months old, recently joined the ranks of walkers, and now spends his time toddling about, exploring, and trying to keep up with his big sister. Like most kids his age, he loves trying new foods, a good nap, and learning new words. But unlike most kids, he was diagnosed with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma at 9 weeks of age, underwent multiple rounds of anesthesia for imaging studies, biopsies, blood work, and finally surgery. Thankfully, Maddox is on the road to a full recovery.

NORA, 10, is a 5th grader, a singer in the selective All County Chorus and a dedicated member of her Odyssey of the Mind team. She is an early riser and a kind-hearted, nurturing big sister. She loves playing outside, reading great books, and standing up for what’s right.

JULIA, is Aaron’s wife and Nora and Maddox’s mother. She is nurturing, creative, and inquisitive. She is a planner, a gardener, a teacher by training, a nanny through life experience, and a fighter by nature. Before Aaron’s diagnosis, she planned to start a home cooking business to support working families.

AARON, who worked in global public health until recently, is also a builder in many ways, spending much of his free time renovating the family home. To support the family’s mission of living organically and using local resources, he built and maintained their garden and chicken coop, and started renovating their kitchen for Julia’s business plan in the two weeks just before his diagnosis. He has made some progress over the course of his illness, with the help of friends, but there are many projects left undone, and the family will have to hire help to get them completed.  

Aaron and Julia enjoy being with friends, the occasional beer, and hosting get-togethers. They strive to keep their children and their chickens as free-range as possible. They have built a life together for over 15 years, and like any loving couple, had hoped to grow old together.

Since the change in Aaron’s prognosis in January, life has gotten increasingly harder. With most of their family in the Northeast, Julia has taken care of Aaron as well as their children. The family has relied on their friends and Aaron’s parents to help with driving to appointments, preparing meals, maintaining the yard, garden and chickens, keeping up with family finances, and meeting the children’s needs, with visits from out-of-state family filling in some of the gaps.

Being given a terminal prognosis is overwhelming. The family is trying to balance maintaining normalcy for their kids with grieving the loss of a future together. Aaron’s most important goal in the coming weeks and months is to spend time being a husband and dad. And our goal is to help him do that without financial stress and worry.  

We are all behind Aaron, Julia, Nora and Maddox. Please share their story, and join us by helping them all we can. 

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