Family of 7 needs essentials


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    Mother to five children, this Medford woman has continued to work while undergoing chemotherapy.Owning a business with her husband, the 38-year-old does not have health insurance. She was screened five years ago after her 42-year-old sister died of cancer that spread from her colon to ravage her liver and brain. Upon diagnosis, the surviving sister’s colon cancer already had advanced to stage 4 and metastasized to her liver.Active in church and involved in feeding the homeless, this woman strives to improve others’ lives while being an excellent role model for her kids, ages 7 to 14, said Emily Freeman, of Kids Unlimited in Medford.“She is an incredibly kind woman who cares a great deal for our community,” said Freeman.Housecleaning services and gift cards for groceries or gas would lighten some of the burden shouldered by the mother and 38-year-old father. Passes for fun outings and activities would help to take the kids’ and parents’ minds off their hardships.Age-appropriate gifts for the kids also would lift their spirits. The family includes three girls — ages 7, 13 and 14 — and 8- and 9-year-old boys. The three youngest children attend Kids Unlimited Academy, a Medford School District charter school that offers extended days and a longer academic year.To help, call Kids Unlimited at 541-774-3900.

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