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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.

Couple of skiers on winter resort

Erin Bishop to Steve Bishop

Erin Bishop was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2020 and through surgery, chemotherapy, and a mastectomy, she was bedridden and depended upon her husband Steve to do everything – the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and …

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Billy Ballew to Amanda Ballew

Billy Ballew is a 42-year-old man living in South Carolina, who contracted metastatic colon cancer 4 years ago after working for years at an automotive plating factory with carcinogenic chemicals. He has been battling colon cancer …

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Nurse Navigator Testimonial | nurse in PPE

A Wonderful Testimonial from Jill Mull, a Patient Navigator at Johns Hopkins Hospital

CaringOn Has been an incredibly helpful organization to so many of our Johns Hopkins breast cancer patients. To be able to thank your caregiver in a meaningful way and in such an easy way for …

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A Tribute from a Professional Caregiver | Teresa Micheal to Victor Micheal

Patty nominated her patient Teresa Micheal’s caregiver husband Victor for a CaringOn gift.  Teresa was so pleased to see Victor enjoy his gift before she passed away in November 2020. “As an Oncology Social Worker …

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Caitlin to Brandon Lackey

Caitlin is a 36 year old mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. After a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, she found out that she must have her ovaries removed.  Her husband Brandon, …

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Dianne Bagley to Lisa Bagley

When Dianne Bagley found out that she had metastatic breast cancer, it was her birthday in February 2018.  She has been fighting to get well ever since and her sister-in-law has been there for her …

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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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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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