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Vonda’s Story – The Pink Fish Founder Needs Help Too!

Earlier this summer, my friend Vonda Byerly felt an itch just below her collar bone. That’s when she noticed a little lump and went to the doctor. The biopsy came back positive for cancer, so a few weeks later she underwent surgery. She recovered well from the surgery and was declared cancer-free! Then following her doctor’s recommendation, she started chemotherapy. Without chemo, she had a 35 percent chance of relapse in the next 10 years. She had her first of 4 chemo sessions on Oct. 23 and will wrap them up the day after Christmas. At present she is in the hospital for a several-day stay and getting antibiotics by IV. She started running a fever and is at high risk for illness since her immunity is so low. Although she has insurance, she has already maxed the family deductible.

We estimate that her out-of-pocket cost for medical care after insurance will be $15,000. She and her husband Brent reluctantly agreed to let us set up this “Give Send Go” site on their behalf. They are not the type of people to ask for help. They are givers.

After her diagnosis, Vonda and her husband Brent, who is a woodworking craftsman and owner of Be Your Own Fish, started The Pink Fish Project, as a way to donate to OTHER PEOPLE struggling with cancer in their community. Brent handcrafts pink fish and sells them for $15 each at craft shows and in stores around the Thomasville, NC area. They donate 100% the proceeds to local cancer services and have raised more than $600 so far.

“Cancer...it's a scary word & one you can't prepare yourself to hear,” Vonda said. “It doesn't discriminate against anyone. But it does give everyone a chance to spread hope to others & show them God's love. We decided after my diagnosis to do just that. All the money raised by The Pink Fish Project goes to Cancer Services of Davidson County.”

Brent had this to say, “The Pink Fish Project is our new labor of love. Vonda's recent cancer diagnosis and surgery made us look at things quite differently. While my first reaction was fear and dread, she was somehow inspired. She began wondering what lessons we needed to learn from this ‘bump in the road.’ She told me that we need to start helping people again. Her strength and optimism always inspires me.”

At the same time they are giving to others, Vonda’s medical bills are piling up, and typical life expenses continue on, as well. The couple have two children – a daughter, who is in her third year of college, and a son, who is in middle school. So, a few of her friends asked if “we” – her friends and family, church members and work colleagues, could help them with the medical bills. Please consider easing their burden a little. All the donations – 100 percent – will go directly to Vonda for her medical expenses. We appreciate any amount you can give. If you know Vonda, we know you love her!
 

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"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." - Romans 12:12

Tamara Gilbert

2017-11-17 15:36:06

We love you guys so very much! You are blessings in our lives!

Anonymous

2017-11-08 15:20:53

Prayers for you and your family.

Mary F Krcelic

2017-11-07 14:52:49

Vonda, we are thinking of you and your family. Prayers for your recovery. Mary and Gene Krcelic

Katrinka C Johnson

2017-11-03 22:40:27

Janet and I continue to pray for your healing.

Misti Sargent

2017-11-03 16:06:16

Praying for you!

Anonymous

2017-11-03 12:41:53

Love you guys and praying for you!

Glenda Gordon

2017-11-02 15:40:23

Continued prayers from Max and Glenda Gordon

mary snyder

2017-11-02 14:43:05

praying for you darling girl!!

Anonymous

2017-11-02 12:51:47

Love and prayers for bunnies!!

Anonymous

2017-11-02 12:49:47

Praying for you and sending lots of love!

Anonymous

2017-11-02 12:41:33

We love you and are praying for you!

Update #1
November 3, 2017, 8:37 am

Thursday, Nov. 3
Update from Brent:
Vonda is still in the hospital. Her white blood cell counts are rising but she ran another fever this afternoon so that resets the 24 hr clock that determines when she comes home. She felt much better today though. A little more energy with a good appetite. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

Update #2 A Month of Thankfulness!
November 3, 2017, 8:56 am

Vonda has started doing a Facebook post a day in November about Thankfulness. If you are her friend on Facebook, you can see these each day. She is an inspiration to all she meets.
Here are her first 3 posts:
Day 1: Today starts a month of Thankfulness. While it's been a little rough lately, I have so so much to be thankful for. So today I am thankful for my handsome husband. He has been my rock & I am so thankful to get to spend each day with him. He has taken care of everything lately & tried to work around my appointments & not feeling well so he could be there for me. He sacrifices a lot for us & I am beyond proud of him. I challenge each of you to think of something every day you are thankful for!
Day 2..today I am thankful for my beautiful daughter Caylin Byerly & my amazing son Jacob Byerly. I am so blessed to be their mom & super proud of both of them. Love you both & always follow your dreams & know that God Is Able!
Day 3..I am so thankful for my God & Savior! While this is not a journey I wanted to take, I have been so blessed along the way & God has never left my side. I don't know why this happened, but I know God has a plan & has allowed us to help others fighting cancer through this. My favorite verse has become Ephesians 3:20..Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. GOD IS ABLE!!

Day 1:
Day 2..today I am thankful for my beautiful daughter Caylin Byerly & my amazing son Jacob Byerly. I am so blessed to be their mom & super proud of both of them. Love you both & always follow your dreams & know that God Is Able!

Update #3 Back to work! Out of the hospital!
November 6, 2017, 8:27 am

Vonda is doing better, after 4 nights in the hospital to boost her immunity and get rid of a low-grade fever she that she started running last Monday. Her next chemo treatment is scheduled for next week. Keep up the prayers. Thanks so much!
Here are her Thankfulness posts from recent days:
Day 4...I am thankful for 2 things...I get to go home today! I've been here since Wednesday so I am so looking forward to sleeping in my own med tonight & seeing my kids! I am also thankful for the amazing staff on the oncology unit here at Forsyth! They have been amazing & have taken excellent care of me!
Day 5...Today I am thankful for my parents. They taught me from an early age how to be a Christian, parent & spouse through their example. They continue to lead by example even on the hard days. Mom is always there to help with anything I need. They have always been my biggest supporters & encouraged me to follow my dreams. Love you both!
Day 6...today I am thankful for my job & my amazing bosses & coworkers! They have gone above & beyond lately to be there for me & fill in as best they can while doing their own jobs! I love going to work every day! Not only are they my bosses & coworkers, they are also my prayer partners & friends. Premier Productions

Update #4 Thankfulness
November 7, 2017, 11:35 am

Day 7...today I am thankful for my church family. Y'all have prayed for me & loved on our family so much since my diagnosis. We have been so blessed by how you have cared for us. We love you all & I am looking forward to 2018 when I can be back to hug you all!!

Update #5 Thankful!
November 9, 2017, 9:10 am

Day 9...today I am thankful for all of my family & friends. Y'all have prayed for us, called, texted & messaged us to check on us and been there for us. We are truly blessed!

Update #6 Chemo Round 2
November 13, 2017, 8:46 am

Please be praying for Vonda this morning as she goes through the 2nd of 4 scheduled chemotherapy sessions. Please be praying for no nausea, for no infections or fevers in the coming days and for her energy levels to bounce back quickly! Thanks so much!

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