Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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November 5, 2013

Woman diagnosed with rare cancer while pregnant

Saturday fundraiser to help with medical expenses

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“Jon has been the epitome of strength for our family throughout this ordeal,” she said. “Jon is my rock … He looks at everything on the bright side and knows just what to say to make me smile when I’m having a bad day.”

Besides medical concerns, Taylor said she also worries about paying for all her treatments. She said the insurance cost for the take home chemo treatments are around $20,000 per month. In January, she’ll be responsible to meet her deductible and pay the co-pay to get it every month.

That doesn’t include all the other medication she’s on now.

“Unfortunately, not knowing when I’ll be able to return to work causes me concern, especially because while on disability through the state, I’ll also be responsible for paying my own insurance premiums to maintain coverage,” she said. “Also, we do not know what to expect regarding out-of-pocket expenses for Cynia’s care and treatment, depending on when she makes her arrival.”

To help pay for medical and day-to-day expenses, friends and family are hosting a benefit at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Greentown Lions Club building on the 4-H fairgrounds.

The benefit will include a bake sale, silent auction and magic show. People can also buy a lantern for $5 for a lantern release at sunset. Lanterns are limited, but people can reserve one by texting benefit organizer Jennifer Khatibi at 765-437-9147.

Despite the leukemia diagnosis and potentially hefty medical bills, Taylor said she and Jon consider the experience just a hurdle in the road.

“Jon and I are taking things a day at a time and counting down the days until we get to hold our precious little girl,” she said. “Every time I feel her move, or see her little body on an ultrasound, I’m reminded that I’m not just fighting for myself, and it makes me push even harder.”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

 

How to help WHAT: Fundraiser to aid Cassandra Taylor and baby Cynia WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Greentown 4-H fairgrounds MORE INFO: The benefit will include a bake sale, silent auction and magic show. Lanterns to be released at sunset may be reserved by texting Jennifer Khatibi at 765-437-9147.

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