Harriet Paro Memorial Fund

Team Fundraising Goal: $10,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 14
Total Value of Gifts: $1,280.00

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Steve & Kamber Schneider

Mr. Jeff and Joan Newell

Neva Christensen

Mike and Danielle Holthe

Bill and Joyce Newell

Heires Family

Jim & Janice Opfinger

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Harriet, or Sandy as she was known to family and friends, lost her battle against lung cancer and passed on December 20, 2012. She was only 63.

As those who knew her will attest, she was a fiercely independent woman who enjoyed life and loved with all her heart, her family, friends and cats. Harriet had always had great plans for retirement. She was an avid amateur photographer and really looked forward to the day when all she had to worry about was her f-stop settings and choice of lens. She was excited to visit the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Europe. She had looked forward to spending more time with her family in New Jersey. She had many things that she looked forward to, but lung cancer changed that. It stole the future that she had earned and deserved and replaced it with one filled with frustration, heartache, fear, suffering and pain.

If Harriet's cancer had been detected earlier, she may have had a fighting chance. If she had found it before it had spread to her lymph nodes, they would have been able to remove the tumor and her odds for survival and the future she had dreamed of, would have been exponentially improved.

Lung cancer is a devastating disease. It's the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, accounting for more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Because this is a disease that starts deep inside the lungs, it often goes undetected until it is too late. Over the half the people diagnosed with lung cancer will be dead within a year. As common and horrible as lung cancer is, there currently does not exist any widespread, reliable and meaningful early detection options.

There is much work that needs to be done in regard to developing improved early detection techniques, but unfortunately this is a cause that doesn't garner the attention that it deserves. Without better early detection options, this disease will continue to be the death sentence that it doesn't need to be.

I ask you to give to the LUNGevity Foundation as they are dedicated to funding early detection in lung cancer research. I ask you to give in memory of my mother Harriet Paro so that someone else's mother, sister and friend may have that chance at the future that they deserve.

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