When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it’s not just their life that changes forever. Their whole family feels the impact. That’s how it was for your neighbor Jennifer Cornelsen when her husband learned he had throat cancer just about a year ago.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it’s not just their life that changes forever. Their whole family feels the impact. That’s how it was for your neighbor Jennifer Cornelsen when her husband learned he had throat cancer just about a year ago. The battle to beat cancer not only devastated her family’s finances, but their sense of security, too.
Your support of the Regional Food Bank is helping them get back on their feet, and thanks to you, Jennifer, her husband and their 12-year-old daughter feel good about their future for the first time in a long time.
Jennifer’s husband began receiving treatment as soon as he was diagnosed, which kept him from working. And because he needed her help to get from their home in Weatherford to Oklahoma City for treatment five days a week, Jennifer wasn’t working, either. They quickly burned through the savings they had managed to put aside over the years, and paying bills and buying enough food to eat soon became a problem.
“It’s been a rough road,” Jennifer says. “We were getting hungry.”
Fortunately, you were there to help this brave family! They were able to find the food and other assistance they needed at the Weatherford Food & Resource Center, a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.
“They’ve been just wonderful,” Jennifer says. “They helped point me in different directions for my electric bill, things like that. But the biggest relief for me is knowing my daughter has something to eat. Now I don’t have to worry about my little girl going hungry.”
The family’s holidays are going to be a lot brighter this year, because after a year of treatment, Jennifer’s husband has been declared cancer-free. But treatment took a toll on him, and Jennifer and her daughter are still putting a lot of time into his care. That means they’ll be relying on the Regional Food Bank for a while.
“My daughter wants to find time to volunteer for the Regional Food Bank,” Jennifer says. “She says that’s her way of giving back for all they’ve done for our family.”
Thank you for all you do to help your neighbors in need — during the holidays and all year long — through your support of the Regional Food Bank!