Causes | Helping another mom and Cancer survivor

A Cause to Support – One Mom in need

Cause of the Week- Dani Dawn's cause is one we can all relate to - Helping One Mommy is the new cause of the week at Kat's Cafe.One of the most poignant things I remember about my mother, and about the years she fought against Breast Cancer, was her tenacity to hold on, to fight. She didn’t do it because of herself, but because she wanted to be there for her kids.

She hated that she might not be there for so many of those moments every mother dreams of … their child’s graduation, marriage, first child. Tragically, my mother held on until her body was just too tired and overrun to fight any longer, and she passed away the morning after my sister’s high school graduation. She held on for one more moment. Because in the end she wasn’t just one Cancer patient, she was a mom. And that’s what moms do.

This week, I bring a cause to you that has had me reliving moments from my own teenage years, the cause for another mom fighting Cancer, a mom determined to do the best she can for her own girls. She is defying her Cancer diagnosis, not because she is *first* a Cancer patient, but because she, too, is first a mother.

This week I introduce you to Dani Dawn, mother of two amazing girls and wife to a special man, and a remarkable, giving, and humble woman I feel very lucky to have had the chance to get to know. Another blogger last week named Dani her “Hero of the Week,” and I think the title is apt. As I have patiently worked to explore different causes over the last month, Dani has been in the background, supportive and encouraging.

When Dani finally broke and reached out to her readers and other bloggers on her site, My Corner of the Pond, it wasn’t a long, drawn-out plea for help, it was a humble thanks for reading her post, her rant on life. Her PayPal button is innocuous against the vibrancy of her life, as she lays it out on the pages of her blog.

Cause | Who is this mommy?

This is a woman fighting a rare form of neuroendocrine Cancer, which affects her in too many large and small ways on a daily basis to list. Her little girl, whom she calls PA in her blog, has ASD. In her own words, from Caryn Haluska’s “Living with Logan” Blog, here is Dani’s situation, explained:

“While I was dealing with my PA’s issues, I had become sick once again. I went through more testing and they told me my cancer had metastasized but they cannot find where it is. I have what they call Carcinoid Syndrome. A very debilitating illness is very hard to treat. My cancer is considered incurable and we now it is a waiting game. Right now, the tumors are too small for them to see. There is no way of telling how many there are either. The biggest drawback to this is traditional chemotherapy and radiation will not work for this cancer. It is truly complicated.
At this point, I am starting my fight with my insurance company to see one of three specialists in the country. Because this is so rare, only a few doctors are able to treat this effectively and my health plan does not have any specialist in plan. The three specialists are also, far from where I live so I have to travel there. If I can get my health ins. To send me I still have to get there & pay for lodging & food. Then there is the fact I have to take my 3 yr. old with me which is an added cost. This will take a while but I am a very determined person and I refuse to give up and need to be around for my husband and both my girls.” – Dani Dawn, in her own words, as told to Caryn Haluska in this post.

This is a case of one family who could really use your help today, which is why I am electing Dani Dawn and her family my Cause of the Week for this week. While I included a limit of $500 on the Chip In widget along the sidebar, I will increase this and leave it up if those who are willing to help will get involved and do so.

This young woman is dealing with an incurable form of Cancer on top of being a wife and mother and they are a family in desperate need of help. All money donated to the “Helping One Mommy” Chip In will go directly to Dani through a PayPal donation. Anything above and beyond the $500 can only help this family as she struggles to find  a way to pay for her own medical treatment along with the regular day-to-day expenses of living, not to mention having a child with special needs as well.

Could you give up coffee for a day, a week? Maybe make dinner one night instead of eating out? Is there any way you can help this mother and her family during an already stressful and emotional time? She doesn’t like to ask for herself, but I want to ask for her. Because I know this is a community of people who care.

Other ways to support a great cause

Remember, giving isn’t always about money. Here are some other ways you can help:
  • Could you tweet this message out?
  • How about sharing it on Facebook?
  • Could you come back and share it again?
  • How about going to read Dani’s blog and gifting her with a comment or two?
  • Be creative – I bet there are other ways you can think of to help!
Being a part of this world, being able to appreciate the awesomeness that our kids bring to our lives, makes us especially empathetic to the plight of other mothers out there, mothers who are trying their hardest and hit with incredible obstacles. Women like Dani, who keep fighting. Because that’s what moms do. She has Cancer, and there’s no way around that, but she is a mother first. Help her be that mother by giving a little of your money or time to help support her today!
Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

Graphic Designer, Wordpress Addict, Blogger at Kat's Media & More
I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
Katrina Moody
Katrina Moody
  • veronicalee

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!

    Have a nice day!

  • Michelle

    Hi Kat-

    First off, thanks for following my new blog, Special Mom Space.

    This is an amazing cause. I pray for God's favor on Dani that he will strengthen her body and give her peace.

    I can't say I understand this but I do empathize. I won't be giving up any coffee :-) but I will support.

    God Bless,


    • Katrina

      Michelle –

      Support is always about doing it the best way you can! Thanks so much for your visit and your prayer on Dani's behalf. That was very sweet! Thanks so much!

      On an additional note, I can't wait to see upcoming posts on your site!


  • Michelle

    Thanks Kat. My mind is racing with ideas but only hope I don't go blank again!