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Skyway Man Seeks Funding To Bring Cancer Stricken Mother Home

Justin Renquist set up an emergency fundraising page on GiveForward.com to help cover the cost of cancer treatments for his mother.

What would you do if a loved one fell ill and was unable to afford the cost of cancer treatment? And what if you had no money to help them yourself?

One Skyway man recently found himself in that situation and decided to reach out to his community for help through an emergency fundraiser page on GiveForward.com, a website founded on the premise of helping others raise money for “the people and causes that need it most.”

Justin Renquist has little means to help his mother, Kathryn North, with her recent diagnosis of late-stage lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer, but he’s determined to bring her to his home in Skyway and act as her caregiver.

“I am currently on a limited income, and my mom is of very meager means, with only a few hundred dollars per month of social security income,” he wrote in a blog post.

He’s working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle and researched the amount of medical costs that will be covered through his mother’s Medicare — which will pay for about 80 percent of treatment and care, he wrote.

Renquist hopes to raise $7,000 through the web page to help cover medical costs, outpatient cancer treatments, a wheelchair and a wig.

North remains in a hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., where Renquist will join her in a few days thanks to a loan from friends to cover the cost of a plane ticket. They will likely receive more information about North’s condition and future treatments by the end of this week. 

“We appreciate ANY donation you can make to help,” Renquist wrote.

As of Wednesday morning, North’s GiveForward page has raised $925. 

“I want to thank each person who has so graciously donated to my mom's cancer fund here, and also to those who have been so kind and supportive to me and her over the past few difficult days.

We are going to fight this thing as hard as we can!”

**Click here for updates on North's condition and to donate to her emergency cancer fund.**

Sonja Bowden October 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thank you so much, Jenny, for writing about Justin's plight. Several of our West Hill residents have already stepped up with much-needed donations. This is a situation any one of us could find ourselves in, and it's heartwarming to see Justin's desire give his mother comfort, and the community's willingness to help him succeed.
Jenny Manning October 31, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thanks for sending in the tip for this story, Sonja.
Justin Renquist October 31, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks soooo much Sonja and Jenny. Words absolutely cannot express my sentiments.
Jenny Manning October 31, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Glad to help, Justin. Please keep us posted on your mom's condition.
KB VanHorn November 01, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Band of Brothers Northwest recently helped in a similar situation. You should contact them. https://bobnw.org/
Sonja Bowden November 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Great tip! I'll let Justin know about it. Thanks, KB.
Justin Renquist April 10, 2013 at 05:32 AM
My mom sadly passed away the morning of Friday, January 25th, here at home with me while I held her. Thanks to everyone who helped us with moral and financial support. I'm so grief stricken -- I've lost not only my mom, but also my best friend in the world. http://kathryn-north.last-memories.com/

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