Please help my sister, Julie Elizabeth Behar, fight cancer!

For: Julie Elizabeth Behar
Eugene, OR
Organizer: Celia Behar
Please help my sister, Julie Elizabeth Behar, fight cancer! (Julie Elizabeth Behar)
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The Story

My beloved sister, Julie Elizabeth Behar (aka Elizabeth Brooks), age 40, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, metastasized, on November 8th, 2016. Some people go their entire lives looking for their soulmate but I met mine before I turned 3. I loved my baby sister from the moment I saw her. She is my best friend, my other half, my family; I cannot imagine my life without her.

Julie is the mother of four beautiful children - Isabelle, Ariana, Eli, and Adam - ages 15 - 4 months and we plan to use every available avenue of treatment and support to help her fight to get well for them. The cancer has already spread to several organs and her lymph nodes and she needs to start aggressive treatment ASAP.

Julie moved with her boyfriend, Daniel, and the kids to Eugene, OR just this summer; she gave birth to her baby boy and was just about to start a new job when acute pains sent her to the hospital on Wednesday, 11/8 leading to the terrible diagnosis. Julie had to have emergency surgery to remove the tumor from her colon on Friday.

Unfortunately, her new job's insurance had not yet kicked in and she had a gap in coverage, so her hospital bills are already huge and mounting by the day. As she recovers from surgery so she can start additional treatments, Julie and her family need help to offset the financial stress this fight brings with it. Obviously she is unable to work at this time and her boyfriend will need to take time off in order to help care for her and the kids. 

I ask you to give anything you can and share this story to help me in helping her win the battle for her life and continue to meet the needs of her family. My sister has always been a fighter and sometimes a loner, but she cannot do this alone so we need all the help we can get.

We will be updating this post soon with an additional link for a service that facilitates providing meals, childcare, etc to assist the family in other ways as well.

We will also continue to update you on her progress.

Thank you all in advance. Any and all support given means the world to me. 
Celia Behar

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 19, 2017

Posted on May 19, 2017

Last month, Julie Elizabeth had surgery where they installed a pump that gives chemo directly to her liver. This surgery was 10 hours long and there were several complications, but she is now recovering and I'm thrilled to say that the pump works and while the cancer has grown a bit - it's being treated with the pump. In two weeks she will also start to get full body chemo to combat more of the cancer.

Unfortunately all of this has taken a huge toll on her physically, emotionally, and financially. So while she is doing far better than anyone ever expected (yay!), she still has so much to fight. Every time she gets chemo put into the pump or receives the full body dose, she needs to travel 4 hours round trip. She is still unable to work, as is her fiancé (he proposed to her over Christmas!) since he is caring for her, their infant son, and assisting with her other three children. Because of this, they recently lost their housing and had to move to a small 3 bedroom condo. They are a family of 6. They are I desperate need of help. Every little bit helps. Every share helps.

Thank you so much. I can't tell you how much all the help we have received means to us, or how inspriring my sister is. She's a true warrior. Please help me help her continue her war.

#fuckcancer

xo,
Celia

Posted on March 24, 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017

41 years ago today, my best friend in the world was born who happens to be my sister as well. Today she's fighting for her life, and while she still has a long way to go, we are so relieved to report that she's completed a full round of chemo and thanks to that and #cannabis, the cancer has not spread!! Couldn't ask for a better Birthday gift for her. She deserves it. Happy Birthday Julie Elizabeth Brooks. I don't know who I would be without you. 

Posted on December 18, 2016

Posted on December 18, 2016

Last week I was with Julie while she started chemo. There were some complications and a bit of trial and error, but she made it through. We are all so grateful for your continued love and support. Please continue to share Julie's story with this link as she won't be returning to work at this point and her boyfriend is now caring for her full time and also currently unemployed. Every little bit helps to ease some of their stress. Thank you so much. XO. 
-C

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