Local resident Debbie Jordan has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
She has taken a leave of absence from work and is unable to go back for the time being.
Her friend and co-worker, Patty DeHaven, has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Jordan family during this time.
“They are in desperate need of financial stability,” DeHaven said in an interview Oct. 16.
A positive person
Many people may recognize Jordan from her job at Dillons, where she has worked for more than 20 years.
“Debbie is a very positive person, a very hard worker,” DeHaven said.
“She is the kind of person that will go out of her way to help anyone.”
Jordan lives in Arkansas City with her husband and two children, who are 12 and 13.
“She is a great mom to her two children, and a great wife and helpmate to her husband,” DeHaven said.
The family attends Trinity Baptist Church.
Ongoing battle for Jordan
Jordan first was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 16, 2015. She immediately underwent chemotherapy.
On Feb. 18, 2016, she had a lumpectomy and some lymph nodes were removed, followed by radiation treatments.
“Things were good since then, until August 2017,” DeHaven said. “Debbie started experiencing extreme back pain.”
An MRI revealed cancer had spread to her spine.
“One vertabra has already collapsed and two more vertabrae are involved,” DeHaven said.
“Meanwhile, while she was off work since August, many bills have gone unpaid or minimal payments made. All help is very much appreciated.”
How to help
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Jordans’ finances can do so at www.gofundme.com/debbies-medicalexpenses-fund.
GoFundMe is a website that allows individuals to create personal fundraising campaigns.
The site collects approximately 30 cents per donation, but the majority of the money goes to the individual who created the fundraiser.