Support the KURZ family

Support the KURZ family

From Tamara Kerr

Help support the Kurz family as Heather undergoes a double mastectomy with reconstruction.

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Update #4

3 months ago

Hi all! Just a quick update on Heather. She will reach out to each of you at some point I'm sure to offer her gratitude for your support during her surgery & recovery. Heather is getting more energy every day and while she still has another surgery ahead of her, she is working on healing her body and her heart (it's an emotional process as much as a physical one). The great news was that she didn't require chemo or radiation and so she has been working on getting her strength back and she is enjoying the summer with her husband and kids. She will likely start looking for work again in the fall, so keep your eyes open! Thank you again to everyone who blessed the Kurz family with love, support and kindness. Bless you all!

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Friends. Over the years you’ve helped me with a lot of fundraising initiatives and I have always been truly grateful for your generosity. I could have never imagined that today I would be asking for your help again, but this time for something that is impacting my own family directly. 

In January my dear little sister, Smith & Lexi’s mommy, Jon’s wife, Sloane & Harlow’s auntie, and our dear friend Heather Kurz was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It’s been a scary and stressful time for us as we struggle to come to terms with the devastation of another diagnosis in our family.

Heather had just started a new job one week before her diagnosis getting back to her roots in carpentry and cabinet making. Though her work is rewarding and utilizes her many creative talents, it is an extremely physically demanding job, in an industry that doesn’t boast traditional employee benefits.

Heather has been scheduled for a bi-lateral (double) mastectomy with reconstruction on March 26. With your love and support, she will start the recovery process, which will include at least 6 weeks of rest, gentle stretching and rehab. If she still had an office job, she might be able to slowly go back to work when she was able to recover some mobility. With a construction job requiring strength and physicality it is unknown at this time when she will be able to return.

This week, Jon was laid off from his job of 19 years (he was the last man standing!). The stress of these additional financial challenges is already a heavy burden for Heather to bear at a time when she should be trying to focus on her wellbeing.

Heather & Jon are proud people and it takes a lot for either of them to ask for help. You’d never know they are struggling because they both do their best to put on a smile. I wish we didn’t have to share our family struggles but if you might be able to help with a small donation it would be greatly appreciated to help Heather & Jon make ends meet until she can come out the other side of treatment.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us care for Heather, Jon, Lexi & Smith. xo

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Tamara Kerr posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #4

Hi all! Just a quick update on Heather. She will reach out to each of you at some point I'm sure to offer her gratitude for your support during her surgery & recovery. Heather is getting more energy every day and while she still has another surgery ahead of her, she is working on healing her body and her heart (it's an emotional process as much as a physical one). The great news was that she didn't require chemo or radiation and so she has been working on getting her strength back and she is enjoying the summer with her husband and kids. She will likely start looking for work again in the fall, so keep your eyes open! Thank you again to everyone who blessed the Kurz family with love, support and kindness. Bless you all!

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Tamara Kerr posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #3

So many of you have been checking in to see how Heather is doing and so I wanted to share an official update. First, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your care and concern! My phone has been ablaze with messages from everyone hoping to hear news of her progress.

Yesterday was April Fool’s Day and many of you know that I had my own Breast Cancer diagnosis on April 1, 2015. I had thought that my 5 year “cancerversary” would be a day to celebrate how far I’ve come since my own double mastectomy with reconstruction (followed by chemo, radiation etc.). Instead it was met with a quarantine & isolation orders and the reality that my little sister has a long road ahead of her to regain much of what she lost on March 26.

Today we got some AMAZING news!! Heather’s pathology report came back and there was no cancer found in her lymph nodes, and margins were clear so she will NOT require chemotherapy! This is a huge win and our first good news in this journey. Heather is healing slowly, but surely. She is down to 2 drains, from an original 4, and she has had no complications other than some swelling. The pain is getting more manageable and she is in pretty good spirits. Jon is doing a bang-up job taking care of the kids & Heather and this community of support has made all the difference. Once again, we are eternally grateful for the meals, toys, goodies, gifts, cards and donations.

Love, Tamara

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Tamara Kerr posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #2

Hi from Tamara! I hope this note finds you safe and healthy and making the most of a challenging time in history...

I wanted to send an update on Heather’s progress and pass along her gratitude to you for the generous and thoughtful donation to the Kurz Family fundraiser. It’s Friday, March 27 and Heather had her double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction last night. She had a tough evening with a great deal of pain but it seems better managed today. She is keeping her spirits up and is amazed at her own strength – having had to go through such a tough thing all alone at the hospital. She is waiting now to see if she will be discharged today. Here is what she has asked me to share with you:

“I am at a loss for words as I try to convey how deeply appreciative I am to each of you who kindly donated to our Fundly page. For those of you who know me well, I’m rarely at a loss for words, lol! This year has thrown us a bit more than I thought we could handle, to be honest. It has also shown me that there are a lot of kind, loving, thoughtful and generous people ready to help a friend in need. My family truly appreciates your support and friendship! Jon and I will be forever grateful for your kindness.”

I would like to add my own thanks as I know your donations have meant more to Heather than just added financial peace of mind - every donation made her feel loved and cared for... she was often very overwhelmed and moved to tears simply because she knows this is a very difficult time for everyone and yet you prioritized the wellbeing of her family. My heart is full and you have helped us all feel such faith in humanity. We send our love and respect. Stay safe, xo

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Tamara Kerr posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #1

Wow. What an amazing response from our dear friends already. THANK YOU! Your generosity is humbling. Heather is overwhelmed by your support and is feeling the love. She's also feeling anxiety and fear but she is coping well and trying to get her house in order. The COVID-19 developments have put a wrench in our support plans but we are adapting as we go along... were not expecting the children to be home from school/daycare during recovery, or Jon's mother to be in quarantine but we are staying positive and we will get through this together. Please share our little fundraiser with your friends and family or sign up for the meal train. https://mealtrain.com/g4ldgo

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