My name is Leeann Garrard and I reside in XXXXXX. Given the type of stories that you normally do, I figured that you would be the best person to contact.
First, I suppose I should tell you a little bit about my family. My husband's family, rather. My husband's younger brother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 7 years old. He fought it and went into remission. He had to fight it again at the age of 17. Then, again at 21. He passed away from the disease, at the age of 23, on Sept 4, 2005. During this time, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy and chemo treatment.
Everything was fine, so we thought, until just recently. Her cancer has returned, with a vengeance. It has now spread to her hip bones, her liver, her lungs and the lining of her brain. Last week, her doctors informed her that she has about a year to live. Even with this facing her, she has chosen to try radiation and chemo again.
Now, the reason that I tell you all this, is that I would love for you to write a story on her, for the Hometown section. In the next week or so, the newest treatment will have kicked in enough, that she will begin losing her hair. Last time, we had a "hair shaving party" and tried to "celebrate" her new look. This year, we want to do the same. However, several family members and friends will also shave their heads, in support of her.
As you can imagine, medical bills for this family are incredibly high. We would love for you to come take pictures, write her story and include the information for the fund, that we will be setting up for her. We are hoping that people in the community will take her story to heart and donate if they can. I think this would be a wonderful way to wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Please let me know if you feel that this is a story that you could do. I really appreciate your time.