Fund set up for Union County woman fighting cancer | Community Spirit
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When cancer strikes, it is devastating. Devastating for the patient, the family, friends, co-workers, and community. Cancer not only eats away physical strength, vigor, and emotional well-being, but at financial resources as well. When a family engages in the battle against cancer with many overnight trips to doctors, frequent trips for treatment, astronomical medical expenses, and the loss of income from the cancer patient, the worry of how to pay for medical expenses can often be an unnecessary burden when dealing with the very real matter of how to survive this disease.
A local community member, 46-year old Renie Freeman, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma. According to the National Cancer Institute, Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma is a rare cancer that affects only 1 person per million with only about 300 persons being diagnosed with it each year. It usually occurs in adults, with diagnosis between 45-50 years old. Due to the rarity of this cancer, most treatment options are still in the research stage.
Renie underwent surgery at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville before Christmas to remove a sizable tumor and her adrenal gland. Further testing has shown that the cancer has spread to her lungs and lymph nodes. Renie will be undergoing IV chemotherapy treatment, which requires many trips to both Owensboro and Nashville.
A lifetime giver to others in need, Renie says the hardest part of this diagnosis is not that she has to endure this ordeal, but that her heart goes out to her husband, Rick, family, and friends who are so upset over this diagnosis. She is uncomfortable accepting the generosity of others, because she has always been the one to give. Renie is known for her many talents, but particularly excels at baking and cooking. She has always prepared meals for others in need, baked a ton of goodies for countless good causes such as the Relay for Life and has been a long-time giver to United Way. Many family and friends will tell you that you can never outgive Renie. She has always demonstrated an abundance of generosity, a loving heart and concern for others, a big sense of humor, loyalty with no limits, and a fierce protectiveness of loved ones.
Renie has been a valuable employee of Old National Bank for 25 years and Rick does general handyman work. They are cheerful givers and always go the extra mile for anyone in need. It is now time for her to be a recipient of other people’s need to give. Renie and Rick have made many deposits in others’ lives over the years; if you would like to make a deposit back into their lives, now is your chance. An account has been opened at Old National Bank to benefit Renie with her medical expenses. Anyone wishing to help Renie, may make a donation to the Renie Freeman Fund at any Old National Bank.
The family asks that you please keep Renie and Rick in your prayers.