Sabrina and Zach of Roseville are parents to three great kids and, like so many other families, were working hard to make ends meet. Sabrina survived breast cancer and a double mastectomy. A few months ago, just when she was going into remission, she was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer and had to undergo emergency brain surgery! Sabrina is an only child and having lost her own mother at 18, this young couple have very little family support. Zach has taken an unpaid leave from his job to care for his wife and children. They were literally facing the prospect of being homeless when we were made aware of their situation. To be able to present them with their gift at such a time was incredibly humbling.
Robin and Michael of Oak Park are parents to two beautiful teenage daughters. Robin has survived stage III breast cancer and a double mastectomy and was ready to return to work when complications from her treatments began to cause severe kidney problems. She is now receiving dialysis several times per week and it is clear that returning to work is impossible. To make matters worse, Michael has recently sustained a serious injury and is currently on disability (half salary) while undergoing physical therapy. The single bathroom in this family’s small home is in need of extensive repair and is virtually unusable, but they just couldn’t afford to make the necessary repairs. Their oldest daughter tries to help with babysitting money, but this close-knit and loving family was really struggling and had nowhere to turn for help. It was a joy to be able to present them with their gift at a time when they needed it most!