Thank you for taking the time to read this.
For everyone who knows our Michelle Fines, you are likely aware that she has been battling cancer since 2010 when she was first diagnosed (with breast cancer). Her initial treatment plan included chemo and radiation, and with the overwhelming support of family, friends and strangers, she was fortunate enough to enter remission after her treatment concluded.
In early 2015 Michelle moved from Toronto to Edmonton to make a new home with her husband Aaron Bold. During a routine check up the same year, Michelle's largest fear became a reality, and she was diagnosed with with stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. The prognosis for Michelle was 2-3 years. Michelle took her health in to her own hands, transforming her regimens and outlook on life. We cannot stress enough how the support of her friends, co-workers, loved ones, and complete strangers both financially and spiritually has helped Michelle persevere.
Unfortunately and very unexpectedly, Michelle's cancer has grown very aggressively and has spread to her liver last fall. She has been in and out of the hospital, hospitalized for several weeks at a time in Edmonton, battling for her life.
The burden this situation forces on to a young couple is unfathomable, not to mention that both Michelle and Aaron's families live in different provinces. Both families have been incredibly supportive, traveling to to be with Michelle in hospital and at home. Michelle's parents and siblings have literally dropped everything to be with her here in Edmonton, in spite of still having work and personal family responsibilities.
To help relieve the financial stress on her family, Michelle has decided to move back home to Ontario to be with them during this incredibly challenging and painful time. Aaron will remain in Edmonton for the time being, to continue providing financially. There is significant cost not covered by insurance including the transfer of care back home to Ontario.
People who know Michelle, know how self sufficient and humble she is. She does not ask for help, yet is the type of human to give her last dollar to another person needing it more.
In Michelle's journey to good health over the past eight years, she has touched so many people in this world. If you have been fortunate to talk, work, laugh, or love with her (or all of the above), you might agree you have met an angel on earth. Michelle's found purpose is helping others, and this won't stop now.
Michelle's new treatment plan is aggressive and unfortunately expensive. What her body has been through over the past four months is almost unbelievable, but every road block has been overcome by Michelle's desire to fight.
Michelle's family is eternally grateful for the ongoing messages and prayers from extended family and friends, Michelle's coworkers, the lacrosse community, their church and their communities in general.
Any dollar amount you are able to contribute to the cost of Michelle's treatment and associated travel for her immediate family will be met with extreme gratitude.
Thank you and God bless.
- Jason Harlton
- Joanne Anderson
- Nikki Murphy