Love On Laura in her fight against Breast Cancer!

For: Laura Venning
Organizer: Laura's Family and Friends
$1,780
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 17 donors
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The Story

Laura is the proud wife of Air Force SMSgt Michael Venning. She is blessed to be the mommy of three wonderful children: Jacob (2004), Eli (2006) and Rachael (2008). Laura is an amazing stay-at-home mother and is homeschooling all three children. The Vennings are currently stationed in Alaska, far from their familes in Australia and Florida.

On July 9th, Laura found a lump in her left breast. After several exams, a mammogram, ultrasound, and a biopsy, she received the biopsy results and was diagnosed with invasive mammary carcinoma (breast cancer).

The tumor was determined to be agreesive and Laura began chemotherapy on September 23 2014 to prevent furher growth. Due to complications from chemotherapy, treatment had to be halted and the doctors turned to surgery to ensure tumor would not spread or metastasize.  Laura had a single mastectomy on October 21 2014. The next part of the treatment plan will be finalized in January 2015.

Laura faces other health issues, to include ulcerative colitis which can flare from stress, and a clotting disorder. These issues have already impacted chemotherapy and have to be considered for future treatment. 

Unfortunately, Tricare has already confirmed they will not cover several medical expenses in Laura's fight against Breast Cancer. Those of us who understand the red tape of Tricare will understand the additional turmoil Laura and Michael will face in an already stressful and difficult situation. 

We have faith that Laura will kick this! Modern treatment has afforded patients a 90%+ long term survival rate and Laura fully intends to be in that percentage! 

Those of us who know Laura and her family understand her love and compassion for those around her. Let's show her some in return! Love on Laura! Your contributions will be used to cover medical expenses, travel expenses for family while Laura undergoes treatment, and other expenses for the family to keep life as stable as possible during this time. If you choose to donate, your contribution can be public, slightly public, or completely anonymous.  

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 21, 2015

Posted on January 21, 2015

We hope everyone is welcoming 2015 with smiles, as Laura is! Her strength is coming back, as is new hair! After her last chemotherapy treatment in December, Laura shared some of what's been happening

Laura also shared a beautifully honest account of her experience with this journey. I think we all know cancer is terrible and difficult, but seeing smiles and hearing the good news may let us gloss over its real impact. Her openess in sharing her struggle as well as her faith is one of the many reasons so many love, admire, and support Laura!

Another trip to the oncologist is coming up, and we should have more details for you soon. 

Love on Laura!

Posted on December 23, 2014

Posted on December 23, 2014

Friends, we are so grateful for your Love On Laura during the holiday season! Unfortunately, Laura had a rough start to the holidays with an allergic reaction to the chemotherapy. Other medications had prevented this during previous infusions, and the reaction made for a difficult time over Laura's birthday, unfortunately.

Keeping her positive attitude as always, Laura has been making this Christmas season as festive as she can with the family. Her last infusion for at least this round of chemotherapy was December 17th, and more news will follow for the next steps in her treatment. 

Happy holidays to you all, and thank you so much for your continued support! Love on Laura!

Posted on November 29, 2014

Posted on November 29, 2014

Laura is continuing chemotherapy treatments and doing as well as can be expected with them. The positive attitude we all know from Laura is a huge help in this, I'm sure! Her team of doctors have reviewed everything for her situation and let her choose whether or not to pursue raditation. The family has declined and Laura will continue the remaining chemotherapy treatments. 

Thank you for your prayers and support during this time! Read Laura's latest update here for expanded info on the above and a little bit of other life happenings. 

Love on Laura!

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