Fundraiser for young mother with terminal cancer

After graduating from Rockford in 1992, Cameron Barr continued his studies at Central Michigan University, where he met the love of his life, Molly Shana Thomas.

The Barr Family.

Three years ago, Molly was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She had a radical hysterectomy and underwent chemo and radiation. It appeared that the treatment was successful. Molly had even said that she felt guilty telling people she was a cancer survivor, because fighting it was so easy. Their family had stared cancer in the face and won.

Cameron, Molly and their two daughters, Alexis and Natalie, moved on with life, and actually picked up and moved back to Molly’s home state of Oregon. After staying in Oregon for a couple years, and realizing the job market wasn’t any better out there, they moved back to Rockford. Shortly after that move, Molly started having severe back and leg pain. She put up with it for many months and even tried physical therapy. Deep down, she knew that physical therapy wasn’t going to fix what was wrong.

Finally, in March of this year, Molly was able to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, the cervical cancer returned to her body. This time, however, it has spread. This time it is inoperable. With her lymph nodes being so swollen, the pain is excruciating. Molly is a strong woman and always has been. Even now she is fighting, finding something good in every day. The goal of treatment is to simply relieve her pain.

Her family and friends are gathering around Molly, Cameron and the girls, giving them love, prayers and help when needed during this difficult time.

As a community, you also can show your support. On June 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, there will be a donation dinner and silent auction. Some of the incredible donations given to the silent auction are: a teeth whitening and Sonic toothbrush (from Dr. Thomas Lambert), a chartered fishing trip and night for two (Riverquest Charters), a family photo shoot and DVD (Marie Clark Photography), many local golf courses, and much more.

The Rockford Fire Department will make an appearance, giving tours of the truck to kids and will even cool them with their fire hose. There will also be face-painting and live music.

If you are unable to make it to the dinner, please consider making a donation to the Molly Shana Barr Trust Fund at Independent Bank.

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