Angela Tate Fundraiser
Angela Tate of Frazee, MN, has many titles. She is the Director/Owner of the Family Resource Center Inc. in Detroit Lakes, friend & family to many, and most importantly, wife to Dustin and mom to Dax (4) & Della (8 months). She noticed an odd pain just below her rib on her birthday that lasted through the weekend so decided to go have it checked out, thinking perhaps it was a gallbladder issue. Instead they found 18 lesions on her liver and a colonoscopy later confirmed a mass in her sigmoid colon, which is Stage 4 colorectal cancer. To say the life of this young mom was turned upside down is an understatement, no longer able to nurse her newborn child and the worry of not being there with Dustin as her children grow up are now top of mind. The prognosis… 2-3 years, maybe more, maybe cure. Determined she joined support groups, changed their diet, ignored the odds and began to pray.
Chemotherapy began on March 28th and continues, the side effects are too numerous to note, but has already shown significant shrinkage in all areas. On July 26th she had a liver resection to remove any trace of residual cancer and to place a hepatic pump to direct more chemo directly into the organ. Due to the unrelenting treatments, lifting restrictions, side effects and multiple appointments to Mayo Clinic every two weeks, she is currently unable to work. Yet, Angela finds many blessings along this path, “I have connected deeper with my husband, I have become a more patient parent, I have met strangers that have become friends, I have been able to bring Dax to T-ball and other activities, our family spends so much time together playing, camping in the back yard, making S’mores, and just being present with each other. We have connected deeper with our faith. There are so many things that this cancer has given me, and I will not take those things for granted. To be continued…”
Close friends and coworkers have started this fundraiser to ease some of the financial burden on the Tate family during this time of need. Can you help? Donate online to Angela’s Lend A Hand Up fund and we will boost your generosity by 20% up to $5000 – 100% of your donation goes directly to the family! Cash/Check donations must be made payable directly to “Angela Tate” can be dropped off at Midwest Bank, 613 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. For more information please contact the fundraiser leads: Jason ([email protected]) or Kathy ([email protected]).