The majority of my posts are usually humorous happenings out on the web but now I am going to post about something very serious to me. One of my closest friends, Tausha Marsh, is leaving for Amsterdam soon to seek some world renown treatment for cancer. After fighting cancer for more than 4 years she has little money to pay for such treatment and expenses. A small website (Why Do I Ride) has been setup to take donations for her by some of her close friends. I am reaching out to friends and people on the internet to see if I can help generate some more money for her in her time of need. Any amount is appreciated. Here is an excerpt about her and her cancer conditions from the homepage of Why Do I Ride
Tausha Marsh grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Her childhood dream was to play college volleyball. At 5’5”, that’s not an easy accomplishment! After hard work and determination she was awarded an athletic scholarship and a position on Western State College of Colorado’s volleyball team. On top of her athletic commitments, Tausha completed three programs within the art department preparing her to be a leader in the photography and fine art fields. Tausha lives her life with a smile on her face, a sparkle in her eye. You can’t help but love her, and she inspires all that cross her path.
Tausha was diagnosed with bone cancer in October 2004 at the age of 24. She began the fight for her life at an age when most are starting fresh and have the whole world at their finger tips. A doctor in Ft. Collins, Colorado started her on frequent , low doses of chemotherapy and worked with her on developing a healthy attitude and lifestyle.
After three years, Tausha had the bone cancer 90% defeated. However, in November 2007, Tausha was diagnosed with cervical cancer. A completely separate cancer. Think of the odds- 28 years old and after almost beating one cancer, another comes along.
Fighting cancer in the United States, the richest country in the world, is not as easy as you would think. It is expensive and the options for treatments of this combination of cancers are limited. That is why Tausha needs your help. In July, 2008 Tausha will move to the Netherlands to receive treatments from a renowned European doctor that has had great success helping those like Tausha. She and her doctors are optimistic that she can win this second battle.
Fighting for her life won’t come without paying the price financially. Her estimated medical, travel and living expenses while in Europe are around $150,000 Her previous treatments alone have put her $150,000 in debt. Imagine fighting two horrible diseases with these bills constantly in your face.