Melinda is a nurse, wife, and mother of two beautiful little girls, Nadina 8 yrs and Meleah 5 yrs. On December 26, 2016. she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Adrenocortical Carcinoma. This cancer affects one in one million, per year. The trouble first began back on October 5th, 2016 which presented as mild abdominal pain that quickly progressed into severe abdominal and chest pain. A CT scan showed a spontaneous bleed and Melinda was air cared to Reno for further care. She was hospitalized for five days until the bleed was controlled. At discharge, it was still unknown what exactly caused the bleed and a follow-up CT was needed in eight weeks. Before the scan could be done, Melinda began to have abdominal pain again. Worried about another bleed, she went to the ER and another CT scan showed an 8cm mass on her left adrenal gland. A CT guided biopsy had to be done prior to surgery to test the mass. Surgery was then scheduled on December 26th to completely remove it, but what the surgeon found was that it had encased the kidney and it also needed to be removed. The pathology then confirmed the mass to be positive for adrenocortical carcinoma. On day three, Melinda started experiencing severe chest pain and it was then found she had blood clots in both lungs. Further testing showed that her diaphragm had opened up and her stomach was in her chest. This required another surgery on January 1, 2017. Melinda is now home resting and spending time with her family, but her ordeal is not over. A rare cancer like this is unfamiliar to the Reno cancer doctors and she will need to travel to Stanford for further consultation and treatment. It's expected that Melinda will start chemotherapy after her PET scan that is scheduled for January 20th. Despite having health insurance, there are still multiple things that money is needed for: unpaid time off, insurance deductibles, travel expenses, food, and normal life expenses (house payment and bills). Her husband, Jason, tries to work when he can, but Melinda needs 24 hour care to help her get around, to her appointments, as well as managing her multiple medications. Among the many important things to Melinda, her family being the most, she is also a devoted nurse. She worked for five years at the University of Iowa as a specialty nurse caring for burn patients. When she came to Fallon, Nevada to be closer to her husband's family, she took a job in the emergency room at Banner Churchill where she was recognized by many patients, and awarded the international Daisy award for her excellent patient care. Most recently she accepted, and started a new job in the small infusion center at Banner. Anyone who personally knows Melinda, or has had the opportunity to meet her, knows that her positive energy and caring demeanor is very much present with every interaction. She's genuine and honest, with a smile that that has never met an enemy. Melinda plans to work as much as she can through her treatments, but at this time is unable to do so. This whole thing is overwhelming to not only her, but also her family. Anything helps and all donations are greatly appreciated.