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

For: Colette Gruber
Beachwood, NJ
Organizer: Kristie Marino
$23,528
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 252 donors
47% Complete
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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 April 24, 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017

Hey #TeamColette!
Thanks to Kevin Williams, from Townsquare Media who's update on WOBM spurred many people in our community to action to help raise awareness about Colette's fundraiser! Kevin posted on Facebook today a fantastic update about the auction his friend is doing to raise funds for Colette's treatment:
"Last week I shared the story of Colette Gruber, a 41-year old Beachwood woman and mother of five (ages 2-21) who is battling cancer. Through the generosity of my friend Peter
Grandich (Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Company) he offered a variety of sports memorabilia to be sold with 100% going to Colette's fundraising efforts. In just a short time John Feal responded by saying he would purchase $1200 worth of "stuff" but would make a donation of $2500. Today Colette received the check from John who is Founder/President/Chairman of the Feel Good Foundation. Thanks so much to John and Peter for truly understanding it is better to give than received....they both give with joy!!!!
Keep fighting Colette!!!!!!"

Posted on April 17, 2017

Posted on April 17, 2017

Hi Team Colette, 
There will be a Zumbathon, Sunday April 30th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm to benefit Colette. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zumbathon-to-benefit-colette-gruber-tickets-33722117762 
Thanks again for all you're doing to spread the word to help Colette Fight! 

Posted on April 11, 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017

For anyone wishing to donate via PayPal: Colette doesn't have a PayPal account, but I do (her cousin who is running the fundraiser). Please send any PayPal donations to [email protected]
Thank you! 

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