MN Woman Starts Fundraiser for Mother's with Medical Bills because of Renal Cancer
By: Christina Chapman
In March of 2018, Pamela Revier went to see her daughter's primary physician after a sleepless night caused by extreme pain in her upper abdomen. The pain was so intense she thought she was having a heart attack. After the pain subsided a little, she considered the possibility of a gall bladder attack; two of her adult children had suffered from similar pain leading to the removal of their gall bladders.
The scans by the physician revealed a far more nefarious culprit. A mass was found on Pamela's left kidney, pressing itself into the surrounding organs- the pancreas, the stomach, the colon and the spleen. Her final devastating diagnosis was Stage 4 Clear Cell Sarcoma, Renal Cell Carcinoma. Cancer!
Upon naively sharing the information with her supervisor at her then employer, ABCom, she was laid off. This left Pamela without medical insurance. Being laid off came as a surprise to Pamela who had just received a glowing review from her supervisor and the company had just hired 4 new employees. Pamela was stunned and traumatized. After about a month of being overcome with the stress of being laid off and a new cancer diagnosis hanging over her head, Pamela was able to find employment once more. The limited medical coverage that she has been able to find is through Medicare, Medicare Supplement and Express Scripts. This all costs three times what she had paid previously through her employer.
Funds can be donated athttps://www.gofundme.com/
The side effects from the oral chemo treatment Pamela is receiving are horribly debilitating.
Knowing how expensive a cancer battle will be Pam's daughter, Christina, started a GoFundMe fundraiser for her mother. Christina's goal is to raise enough money to cover all the medical bills not covered by Medicare. She would also like to raise enough to allow her mother to have access to the best food to nourish her body, provide her with a safe living environment, and allow her to go on disability.
After Pamela's medical and financial needs are covered, Christina and Pamela are planning on donating the proceeds to a nonprofit that assists cancer patients with medical bills and living expenses. If they can't find a suitable nonprofit, they are considering starting one. Conservatively, they would like to raise around $50,000.