Team Colette: This single mom of 5 needs your help!

For: Colette Gruber
Beachwood, NJ
Organizer: Kristie Marino
$34,407
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 370 donors
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The Story

Smart, beautiful, energetic, passionate & loving. This is my cousin Colette Gruber. On March 7th 2016, just after her 40th birthday, Colette was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in her right breast. She had just separated from a difficult marriage. Most people who deal with divorce or cancer can easily say that these things can paralyze them both mentally & physically. But Colette is not most people. She was in school to become a certified surgical technician while rebuilding her life to support her 5 beautiful children, Kole, age 2, Brody, age 4, Khloé, age 6, Michael, age 11 and Alyssia, 21. Colette’s always strived to live a healthy, active lifestyle. She’s an advocate for eating healthy & exercising by motivating others to do so as well. Her positive attitude when faced with such difficult circumstances has been an inspiration to so many around her.
As soon as she was diagnosed, she & her doctor made a plan to take an aggressive treatment. On May 23rd 2016, she underwent a partial mastectomy with reconstruction and had 12 lymph nodes removed. Colette took it many steps further by striving to adopt a holistic lifestyle and continuing to eat healthy, exercise, and create awareness about Breast Cancer to those in her community. We were excited to hear the news that she was cancer free. She went on to graduate Surgical Tech school as one of the top students in her class and became employed immediately!

Her Challenge
During the past year after her surgery she's striven to do the best she could but the challenges and stresses of her fast-paced life working a full-time job, taking care of her children and maintaining a home were very difficult to manage. Staying on a 100% holistic diet and maintaining it are both expensive and time consuming.
A few weeks ago, Colette started to experience some very excruciating pains in several areas of her body. She immediately contacted her doctor and reported her symptoms and then had to wait for insurance to approve her PET scan. This week she received the terrible news that she now has Stage 4 Metastatic cancer that has spread to her spine, pelvis, ribs and liver and resulted in a new mass under her armpit.

Your Chance to Help
Have you ever witnessed someone who’s battled with a real tragedy and said, “If I had only known, I would have helped?” Kindness and generosity are so powerful. Now’s your chance to make a miracle! Not only for Colette, but for her beautiful children. For the love of life. The fight to be cured. Together we can make a difference!

Her Victory
Colette has the chance to overcome this dreadful diagnosis and turn this tragedy into her victory. Even in the face of the biggest challenge of her life, she remains positive and has faith that she can and will beat this! She immediately sprung to action continuing to research the best course of treatment with her medical team. She has found a unique cancer treatment center outside the US that will provide her with a very aggressive plan of treatment that has resulted in curing this very same type of cancer. The cost is high and she will not be able to work. She needs enough money to cover the cost of treatment & her travel / living expenses for her and her children. There's very little time and I'm asking on our family’s behalf for you to share, shout, and spread the word to help her. Her goal is to have the treatment within the next 3 weeks. Anything you donate will go directly to her treatment, living expenses for her & her children, as well as the travel expenses for her to go back and forth to her treatment. Please give as if someone’s life depends on it, because it truly does! Thank you for your love, prayers and generous donations. We’ll be posting updates often! For PayPal please send an email to [email protected] for more info. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 26, 2017

Posted on May 26, 2017

Hello #TeamColette, 
This update comes directly from Colette's facebook page (below). It's an urgent request for you all to RESHARE her YouCaring site to help her raise the additional money she needs to be able to take her medicine home with her. She's depleted her funds and is doing the best she can to remain positive. Please help if you can! Every dollar and every share makes a huge impact! Thank you so much. 

"Just got news about a fellow stage 4 Breast cancer warrior, who has been at Chipsa Hospital for 6 weeks and the cancer was in 4 different places, well guess what!!!!!! She had a scan done and it showed 90% of the cancer is GONE!!!!!!!!!! GO JANE!!!! This is why it is so important that I raise the money to take my TREATMENTS HOME, right now I do not have the funds. I am in NEED OF SUPPORT PLEASE!!! To at least take home a month supply I need $2,000 more, I am short as of now, the doctor's recommend me take home 3 months supply but I have faith after I am home we can Fundraise more but I ask please share share share and if you can donate MY LIFE IS AT STAKE if I get to take home this month supply, and continue to raise more and get the other two months you guys I will be CANCER FREE and you would be the ones who helped me beat this!!! Doctor's expect great results from me because I NEVER did any conventional treatments, the results I am seeing from people here are motivating, moving, inspiring and I know I am winning this fight!!! I will see my babies grow up and I will grow old with my Love Anthony Merrill and get to share many memories with my family and friends!! Please help me raise at least the $2,000 so I can continue my treatments​ at home and beat this!!!! I can not work, and the work begins when I arrive home. I will still need support to help with my bills, ect....but for now my goal for the next 4 days is to raise the money so I can take my medication home and continue treatments please help in any way!! I depleted my funds and am shy of the $2,000 for a month supply!!! Please share this!!!"

Posted on May 15, 2017

Posted on May 15, 2017

Good Afternoon #TeamColette,
I know most of you know that Colette made it to Mexico to start her treatment against Stage IV breast cancer. We are extremely grateful for all you've done so far to get her there. The good news is that treatments are going well and she is responding beautifully. We are so proud of her amazing fighting spirit!
What you might not realize is that she still has a huge battle ahead of her. Not only physically, but financially. She may need to stay longer than expected, which will cost more. She is completely drained financially already having her funds raised gone to her current treatment. On top of that, her insurance company completely cut her off because she pursued alternative treatment than what her one US doctor recommended (even though she is currently receiving treatment from other US doctors- Insurance companies make me sick! I don't even know how that is LEGAL) Please take a minute to listen to her update at https://www.facebook.com/100000184255113/videos/1782965965052861/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED as she explains what's going on way better than I can, and then share her fundraising page https://www.youcaring.com/colettegruber-797861 and give if you can. Every donation makes a difference and gets her closer to seeing her treatment through so she can go on living for her and her 5 children. Thank you for making a difference!
#TeamColette #StageIVtoNoMore#Notgonnagiveupthisfight #sheISworthIT

Posted on May 3, 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017

Thank you to the Beachwood Police, Beachwood Fire, Beachwood PBA, First Aid / EMS and friends for their generous donations. 

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