Last Valentine’s Day, we shared with you a love story – a real love story about a father who has served our country in the Air Force and is now battling an impossible prognosis — and a mother shouldering the sole burden of supporting her family and trying to create normalcy for her kids since his diagnosis. Ten months to the day after his father died of cancer, Nathan received unimaginable news: He, too, had cancer. The type of cancer he has is exceedingly rare, and he is the only person known with his particular primary site. As such, there is no standard protocol for treatment, and the mortality rate is 100%. “More than anything, I want Nathan’s cancer gone, but that’s not our reality,” April, Nathan’s wife, told us. Nathan and April are the parents of two beautiful, young children, Caleb and Alyssa. Nathan proudly served our nation as an Airman for thirteen years, but he was medically retired earlier this year, adding to the financial strain that already existed because, since Nathan’s diagnosis, April has been unable to work many hours in her job as a pharmacy technician. April initially reached out to Together Rising hoping to get a […]
Mother’s Day Compassion Collective Love Flash Mob was held in May 2016. We launched a Mother’s Day campaign, continuing our work with refugees and extending our mission to include caring for homeless youth in the United States. Because love is not Either/Or. Love is And/Both. Our communities rallied again and raised over $560,000 to fund these causes. The money for domestic homeless organizations has been used to help house the most vulnerable of homeless youth, including teen moms and LGBTQ+ youth, to provide food and supplies for homeless youth across the country, and to provide necessary supplies for children aging out of the foster care system. With respect to our international efforts, our funding provided food, tents, blankets, shelters, heat, hygiene kits, medical assistance, necessities for children, and general supplies for tens of thousands of refugees. We are funding several grassroots organizations on the front lines of the refugee crisis to execute on these programs. We also are providing the funds to operate a rescue boat run by Refugee Rescue to literally rescue children and families from the water who are trying to flee Syria.
Sometimes, what a person needs most is the gift of a fresh start. Because of your donations, Together Rising has been able to provide that gift for dozens of women through the years. “Mandy” recently took the monumental step of removing her children and herself from an abusive home. Thankfully, she was able to move in with relatives who welcomed them with open arms and do all they can to provide support. But during a time when Mandy’s focus should be exclusively on transition and healing and protecting her children, and all of the hard work that entails, she is feeling the additional stress of mounting expenses and the weight of feeling her hard work isn’t enough. You helped Mandy and her children by paying off the debt related to her brave decision to leave an abusive home. You removed the financial stress that was distracting Mandy from keeping her focus on her children and herself. You lifted a weight. You provided Mandy with the new beginning she so desperately needed. If you’d like to donate to the healing, uplifting work of Together Rising, please go to: https://togetherrising.org/give/.
Nearly six years ago, while 5 months pregnant with her first child, Brita was diagnosed with aggressive stage 2 breast cancer. When conventional treatment failed, she turned to alternative therapy and was soon cancer free. Two years ago, she found another lump. While trying to physically heal, she grew severely depressed, and it became clear to her that she had been focused on making everyone around her happy at the expense of her own needs. Recognizing that she would die if she didn’t make some drastic changes, and that she wanted her own daughters to grow up to be strong and healthy women, Brita made the difficult decision to separate from her husband of eleven years and move home with her parents so she could figure out her next steps. Realizing that her relationship had been broken for a long time, she focused on her physical healing. With a current diagnosis of stage 4, metastasized breast cancer, Brita writes “I am working with a therapist to figure out where I lost my power and how to love myself enough to start drawing healthy boundaries and regain my body’s trust so it knows I will never forsake it again. […]
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