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3/17/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our Deb Willey CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. As you may or may not know, our dear friend Deb Willey has been diagnosed with a glioblastoma after suffering from dizziness, disorientation and memory issues for several weeks, maybe months. The tumor is sitting right in the center of her brain, on top of the corpus callosum, rendering it inoperable. But her symptoms will hopefully be alleviated for some months with chemo and radiation. The logistics, finances, and emotions are all overwhelming. Deb moved down to Boise yesterday and will be living in a care facility there while undergoing treatment. This will allow her to be near Delaney and near MSTI (Mountain States Tumor Institute), where she will receive treatment. The treatment will take about 6 weeks. At that time it will be determined if she is able to be home by herself. Her disorientation and dizziness have meant that she has needed someone with her at all times for the past 2 weeks. This has meant 24 hour care by either her friends, Delaney or paid caregivers, which is prohibitively expensive. Deb will no longer be able to work. This, combined with the cost of private caregiving, a residential facility, her insurance costs and deductible, mortgage and other monthly bills, means financial hardship. We are hoping you all can help. An account in Deb’s name has been set up with The Bald Mountain Rescue Fund. The BMRF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that assists Wood River Valley residents in times of catastrophic illness or injury. Since its inception on behalf of a local skier in 2006, BMRF has helped dozens of families cope with the crushing financial demands posed by unexpected crises. BMRF acts primarily as a conduit, channeling benefit proceeds and allowing donors to make their contributions tax-deductible. I know many of you have asked about how to help Deb and Delaney at this time. This is a way to do so. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a check out to the BMRF, write Deb Willey in the memo section and mail your check to: BMRFc/o PO Box 370Ketchum, ID 83340. Only donations over $250 receive written acknowledgement, so your canceled check is your tax receipt. Thank you for all of your love and support. Feel free to contact us with any questions. And please share this with anyone you think should know or could help. Lastly, please send lots of loving thoughts toward Deb and Delaney.