Ross Family Fundraiser - No Ice Bucket Needed!

For: Jim, Amy, Madelyn, Hannah, and Alison Ross
Organizer: Friends of the Ross Family
Ross Family Fundraiser - No Ice Bucket Needed! (Jim, Amy, Madelyn, Hannah, and Alison Ross)
$26,354
of $30,000 goal
87% Complete
Raised by 255 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

THANK YOU to everyone who donated!!! This fundraiser is now closed, but you can visit our new fundraiser at the Ross Family Moving Fund.


In March 2014 Jim accepted a new job in Lake Tahoe, CA and he and his family decided that he would move out to start work, and his wife Amy and their three girls - Madelyn, age 9 and twins Hannah and Alison, age 5 - would finish up the school year in Pennsylvania.  

At the end of August, after nearly 6 months of separation, Amy and the girls flew out to join Jim in Califonia. Jim had not been feeling well, and they decided to stop by the hospital on their way to their new house so that he could be checked out.  
He was admitted to the ICU at Barton Memorial Hospital that same night with severe pneumonia and lung abcesses, and was soon diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had metastacized to his lungs and liver.  

A few days later, still stuggling with pneumonia, he underwent surgery to remove a large tumor and resection his colon. They have seen issues in the liver and lungs as well so he is facing a battle with metastatic colon cancer. The surgery was not an easy one, and his kidneys are not functioning well.

Having arrived in Califonia the same day Jim was admitted to the hospital, Amy has had a lot to juggle while trying to settle into the family's new home.  Jim is still in the ICU and this family faces a long battle with not only cancer, but the doctor visits, medical bills, lost job income, and all of the other stresses and strains of having a parent struggling with a major illness - all in a new place where they do not have a well-established support network to lean upon.  

Please consider making a donation to help this wonderful family cover the rent, pay the medical bills, and buy daily necessities for their three young girls. EVERY dollar counts - we all know how an extra dollar or two can make the difference some weeks, and that is never more the case than when facing major medical expenses.  We want to make life as "normal" for the girls as we can during this journey, and to alleviate some of the financial worry Amy and Jim are already facing.

Thank you, your support at ANY level is valued beyond measure! 
Let's make this (as Jim himself would say) the "best fundraiser ever"!

 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 29, 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014

Thank you to all who continue to donate and are making this fundraiser such a huge success for Jim, Amy, Madelyn, Alison, and Hannah!!  We are so close to our 2nd goal - after you all surpassed the initial $10,000 in record time, we decided to try for $25,000.  We are almost there!! Please share with those who may wish to know, and be sure to check out Jim's blog (which also links to this fundraiser) at:  www.fiercehope.com


Posted on September 16, 2014

Posted on September 16, 2014

HI everyone - thank you SO much for continuing to support the Ross family in their fight against colon cancer!  Jim will hopefully be coming home from the hospital very soon, but this family's battle is just beginning.  They are now facing an uncertain future in terms of income, housing, and medical treatments, and need our support more than ever.  We have gotten off to a great start!  If you would like to donate, please do so, we will try to raise enough money to help out with rent, food, and medical bills for the next few months until Jim and Amy know where Jim will be receiving oncology treatment and whether a move is needed.  At that point, we are going to need to come together in a big way!  If financial donations aren't a possibiltiy for you, but you can offer support through prayer, or volunteer to make a meal, offer a ride for Jim's treatment, moving/packing help, etc - it's all valuable and much appreciated!  We'll post more details for specific ways you can help in the days ahead, and let's keep this fundraiser going! Thank you all!!!

Posted on September 2, 2014

Posted on September 2, 2014

WOW!!! In just 48 hours we have raised over half of our initial goal for Amy and Jim Ross!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have donated so far! Keep this up and we will have met our starting goal of $10,000 in no time.  Let's push this over the top!  Only $4,350 to go!!

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