To help offset Wanda Carr’s medical expenses, her family is reaching out to the public for financial assistance. The 50-year-old Cartersville resident was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on April 22.
“Needless to say my husband and I were shocked, shaken and deeply affected by the diagnosis, even more so when my husband Alan was told to make as many memories [as] possible because I would only have about six months to live,” Carr said. “I started radiation treatments at The Hope Center in Cartersville for my lung. At the same time they were looking at doing radiation treatments for the tumor on my brain as well.
“After meeting with the neurosurgeon, he said there was no time to wait on doing the radiation with the size of the tumor, the fluid surrounding it and the pressure it was putting on my brain, the tumor alone could take my life. The neurosurgeon felt that surgery needed to be as soon as possible. I was admitted to Kennestone hospital on May 6 and on May 7, the mass was removed. I received a blessing and a miracle from God, because after the tumor was biopsied, the results were benign, and they downgraded my cancer to stage three. We have been given the gift of time, and the six months to live has been extended to five years.”
While in the hospital, a port was inserted into Carr’s chest for chemotherapy treatments and blood draws. About seven weeks later, she was hospitalized due to the port’s location having a life-threatening infection, resulting in the delay of her chemotherapy treatments and healing process. As of Aug. 22, Carr still was waiting to undergo surgery to have the right upper lobe of her lung removed.
“We are hoping and praying to raise enough in funds to help offset past, current and future medical costs for Wanda’s prescriptions, treatments and surgeries,” said her husband, Alan, who relayed in an email to The Daily Tribune News on Aug. 28 that Wanda had lost her job of 11 years and medical benefits. “We are also in need of being able to save our home. Neither of us have family in Georgia except our youngest son and grandson to help us or have a place to go. We need to be able to raise enough money, so hopefully my wife can stay home and finish getting her treatments and surgery so she can focus on her health and recover, enabling her to go back to work full time again.
“She is my wife and she is my life. I have many years with her, I do not want to loose her to this cancer or infections causing her to continuously fight for her life. I am also hoping enough people will care enough and remember the pay it forward concept. Please join us by making a difference in the fight against cancer. We would sincerely appreciate your generous help towards this noble cause. We thank you in advance for your understanding for our request, your kindness, generosity and prayers. Prayer is a powerful thing — putting your money with your prayers can move mountains.”
Contributions can be made at any Bank of America branch in the account name Wanda Carr Cancer Fund — Wanda and Alan Carr, Cartersville, Ga.; or any Regions Bank in the name of Help Wanda Carr Beat Cancer — Alan or Wanda Carr, Cartersville, Ga. Online donations can be placed at www.gofundme.com/wandacarrcancerfund.