April Riggins April's Healing Journey

First post: Feb 16, 2022 Latest post: Sep 29, 2022
Thank you so much for being part of April’s community! This page will help you follow her journey with cancer and give you opportunities to support her along the way. In January 2022 April had what's called a “wide local excision” surgery where they removed a nearly 8” long football-shaped section of skin and tissue from her left arm and several lymph nodes from her left armpit. Pathology showed her cancer is Stage 3b nodular melanoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has an 80% chance of recurring during the first year alone. Her oncologist has recommended a year of monthly immunotherapy infusions (Immunotherapy works different from chemotherapy, but it has many of the same side effects, plus a few more). April is also considering integrative holistic treatments (ones that could work in conjunction with the immunotherapy) in attempts to give her a better chance of beating this horrible disease.  

This next year will be a challenging one for April, with countless appointments with doctors and therapists, physically difficult treatments, and lots of extra expenses. As you might imagine, this is all really tough for April to wrap her brain around! As her community, let’s come together and pray for her, encourage her, help her financially, and support her through this difficult season! 

There are many ways to come alongside April, no matter where you live:

1. Visit her SignUp Genius! There you can sign up to drive her to an appointment, help her around the house, or send her a gift card or financial gift. You can also sign up to pray for her for a week! Here's the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094FA8AD2BA2FC1-coming  Or, you can click on "Ways to Help" in the purple bar above. Then click on "Sign up to Drive, Give, Pray!" in the "Support Links" box. 

2. Give a financial gift through the GoFundMe page created to help April with additional treatment options and expenses she will have in this upcoming year.  Click on "Ways to Help" in the purple bar above. Then click on "GoFundMe Page" in the "Support Links" box.

3. Send April an encouraging card or email, or leave her an encouraging comment on this site (and please know she's grateful even if she's not able to respond or thank you personally!).

We appreciate all of your love, prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement for April!