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Caregiver Stories & Gifts

We believe that caregivers deserve the chance to “recharge, refresh, and renew,” and the support structure CaringOn developed allows caregivers to accept this special gesture free of worry, stress and financial cost. Through donations from individuals and corporations, CaringOn is able to provide the necessary support and services needed so the caregiver has peace of mind while they enjoy their gift, step away and take care of themselves. This time/respite provides the caregiver with time to refresh, renew, recharge and come back rejuvenated and with a new energy. Below are a handful of the stories from our caregiver gifts.

Jennifer Ward to Tim Ward

Jennifer Ward is a 38-year-old woman who is completing chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer and is preparing to undergo surgery in the fall.  She is married to Tim and they have two children – a …

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From Theresa to Victor Micheal

Theresa Micheal has stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her lungs.  Her husband Victor has been her devoted caregiver for over 3 years and he has had to miss work, deal with debt, …

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For Larry from Kelly

Kelly Kranson is a 39 year old teacher and social worker from Rochester, Michigan who has advanced colon cancer that has spread to her ovaries. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She and her husband Larry, …

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Caregiver Gift Update: The Thomas Family

In the summer of 2018, CaringOn, along with Boys Latin School (where Derrick was a teacher), presented a gift to Sadra and Derrick Thomas for their tireless support of their son Mattheu during his treatments …

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For Aharon from Lisa

Lisa Denrich is a 42 year old woman who just got married to Aharon two years ago; they blended their families and each brought 2 kids to the new marriage. In July 2019, Lisa was …

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For Matt from Lindsey

Lindsey is a brave 33-year-old wife and mother of 2-year-old Julian who has metastatic breast cancer. She was diagnosed last year and has undergone 2 surgeries and 2 types of chemotherapy. And she still works …

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Caregiver Gift Update: The Polt Family

Jennifer Polt gave her husband Rich Polt and her sons Ethan and Samuel a CaringOn gift over the holidays to thank them for taking care of her as she underwent treatment for metastatic breast cancer. …

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For Rich from Jennifer

Jennifer Polt is a beautiful and brave 47 year old wife and mother of two young sons who had a double mastectomy in 2015 to prevent early breast cancer from spreading. When her breast cancer …

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For Richard from Erin

We are saddened to report that Erin Leland lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer this week. Our hearts go out to her loving husband Rich and her family and friends on her tragic passing. …

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Caregiver Gift Update: Josh Lawson

CaringOn recently gifted Josh Lawson 6 tickets to watch his favorite team, the Orioles, play at Camden Yards. Josh wanted his wife Gina and their son Liam to join him and they also took Gina’s …

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For Josh from Gina

Gina Lawson married Josh Lawson in 2015 and they had a son, Liam, who is 2 years old. While pregnant with Liam, Gina was diagnosed with breast cancer and then last year it progressed to …

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For Ruth from Amanda

Amanda McGraw is a 40-year-old nurse and divorced single mother of four boys who is fighting metastatic breast cancer. She has a fulltime job at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital while undergoing chemotherapy and taking care …

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For Karen from Lee

Karen Braxton was my father’s caregiver for four years until she got multiple sclerosis and neuropathy and could not physically handle the job anymore. He adored her and she was there by his bedside when …

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For Dean and Leslie from Ben

CaringOn gave a gift from Ben Layman, who is recovering from brain cancer to his parents, Dean and Leslie Layman, to thank them for their constant care as he went through radiation and chemotherapy while …

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For Charlie from Sina

This past Thursday evening, amidst a very loving and appreciative family, CaringOn was privileged to deliver their latest gift to Sina and Charlie Cook. Sina Cook, currently fighting stomach cancer, nominated her loving husband, Charlie, …

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