Sears Made Their Christmas Bright

by Erica


Thanks to Sears, we had the true joy of making Christmas a little brighter for one very special family.

Earlier in the month, we were told of a lovely blogger, Bethany, at Ice Cream Mama. As we read page after page of her blog, we found ourselves deeply moved by her strength and deeply touched by the sadness striking her family.

Her family consists of two young children and an older daughter who is away at school. She and her husband have been dealing with unemployment, depleted savings, too many bills and a recent Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis.

“The Big Guy had been feeling lousy; lot of wheezing and bronchitis like stuff. Doctors did chest xrays, cat scans, stress tests, etc. Nothing showed up. Finally his pulmonologist does a bronchoscopy. With this procedure he stuck a camera down his throat into lungs. I should say, he tried to get into his lungs. BG has a big tumor at the opening of his right bronchus where it meets the main pipe going down. He also has tumors in the right lung. He also has lymph node involvement. His actual diagnosis is Stage IIIb partially differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. It is inoperable. He has had the absolute maximum radiation and is doing chemo. His prognosis is not good. It is so not good that I am not even typing it. Google if you must.

A couple of weeks ago we went to the Big City Cancer Hospital for a second opinion and possible experimental/clinical trial options. Long story short, nothing they can do for him, no trials, no experimental stuff, would even recommend ending chemo as it is just making him sick and is probably not doing anything to the cancer after the fourth treatment.”

Our hearts ached for her family, but thankfully we were able to send some joy their way
. Sears provided us with a $600 Gift Card to use for this family and we shopped until we dropped.

We sent the family clothes, toys, scrapbooks and even an external hard drive to make sure that their precious photos and videos are kept safe.

I have to tell you about my absolute favorite thing that we picked out for the family. We sent Bethany and her daughters their very own locket, so that they could place a picture of their dad inside and keep him close to their hearts each and every day.

Thank you again to Sears for giving us the opportunity to bless this family in such an incredible way this holiday season.



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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Bethany December 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Erica, I can’t thank you all enough. You really made our Christmas something special. I hope everyone has a very blessed new year.
Bethany

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2 beach mama December 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm

You are SO amazing. I live near and have met Bethany and her little girls and I know she must be humbled and so grateful for your gift to her and her family. Thank you so much for making her Christmas. ((hugs)) to all of you and wishing you a happy 2011.

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3 Karmyn R December 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

You guys are WONDERFUL!!!!

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4 Rachel January 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

That is so amazing.
<3

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5 Jennifer January 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Super wonderful!! Super cool of 5m4m & Sears. Great project!!

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6 Angela January 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Thank you SO much for choosing my dear friend Beth for this. SEARS, 5M4M, Erika, Janice, Sue – you have really made a difference here and I cannot thank you enough for your generous spirit.

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