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Mass. Marine Trying To Get Home For Cancer Treatment
CBS Boston / WBZ ^ | Dec 3, 2010 | Ron Sanders

Posted on 12/03/2010 8:14:56 PM PST by Westbrook

Video at the site

BOSTON (CBS) — So many times has Jessica Shepherd helped others, says her mother: as a flight crew chief for Marine helicopters in Iraq and more recently at Costal Carolina ...

Now, Jessica has a rare and aggressive form of esophageal cancer; tumors have fractured her spine and she needs a private flight to Boston for treatment because she could not stand the vibration of a helicopter or a regular commercial flight.

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The family was in the process of setting up a web site and a fund for people who want to help. Until then, relatives said anyone who wanted to help could send an e-mail to jessicashepherdfund@breakoutpr.com or call 617-942-1560.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: cancer; jessica; military; navair; prayer; prayers; privatejet
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This is our niece.

If anybody knows how to forward this to SARAH PALIN, please do!!

We believe that she would want to help, especially since she has a son in active duty.

And please, PLEASE pray for out niece Jessica!

1 posted on 12/03/2010 8:15:00 PM PST by Westbrook
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To: Westbrook

Are you guys in contact with any other NC media so far?


2 posted on 12/03/2010 8:21:27 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl (Play, ya pay.)
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To: Westbrook

Please let the Freeper Nation know in more detail how we can help. God Bless.


3 posted on 12/03/2010 8:21:46 PM PST by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Westbrook

I think Neal Boortz used to fly for one of the medical flight organizations.


4 posted on 12/03/2010 8:21:57 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: Westbrook; Brad's Gramma; onyx; penelopesire; NYer; kitkat; Kitty Mittens; Kathy in Alaska; ...

Mercy call !! Anyone who can, please help,
and please pray for Jessica.

Lord, provide Angel’s Wings so Your wonderful
servant, Jessica, will find a way to safely fly for
vital treatment.

God be with your niece, Westbrook.. His ways are
mysterious and miraculous.


5 posted on 12/03/2010 8:27:04 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Westbrook

Not sure if I understand that a (small) private plane has less vibration that a (large) commercial jet.

Nevertheless...I wish her well.


6 posted on 12/03/2010 8:28:44 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: STARWISE

Prayers up for this Marine and family! God watch over all of
them and give them the strength and courage needed at a time
like this!


7 posted on 12/03/2010 8:32:00 PM PST by LUV W (Atlas has shrugged)
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To: Westbrook

You might want to look into Angel Flights.

http://www.angelflightsoars.org/about_faq.htm#06

Also, since she’s a New England native, you might try reaching out to either the Red Sox or Patriots. Both do a lot for the military and both teams have private planes. Curt Schilling could be especially helpful. He’s easily reached on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/gehrig38

Good luck.


8 posted on 12/03/2010 8:32:52 PM PST by IGotTheBlueStateBlues
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To: Westbrook

Lifting prayer.


9 posted on 12/03/2010 8:53:35 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Westbrook

Prayers


10 posted on 12/03/2010 8:54:41 PM PST by pandoraou812 (You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.)
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To: Westbrook; STARWISE

Serious rayers for your niece, Jessica.

I see that you’ve already received some good links.

Sarah Palin just finished her last stop on her book tour in Columbia, SC, so I don’t know where she is right now.


11 posted on 12/03/2010 8:59:20 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Westbrook

Prayers lifted up.

Is not the Navy/Marine Corps/military providing medical care?

Here in San Antonio we have two military hospitals with excellent oncology departments. One at Wilford Hall Medical Center (Lackland AFB) and the other at Brooks Army Medical Center (Ft Sam Houston). These are inter service facilities.

I’m a seven year cancer survivor, thanks to the oncologists at WHMC. Suffered from a much more common cancer but started treatment at stage 3.

The military flies med evac flights in and out of the area most everyday. If treatment is only available in Boston, seems to me the military could arrange to transport your niece.

Whatever the circumstances, my prayers are with her and her family.


12 posted on 12/03/2010 9:08:55 PM PST by Racehorse (Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.)
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To: Westbrook

There is a network of private jets that will carry special passengers and organs from organ donors when needed. Here is the link. There is no charge.

http://www.angelflightsoars.org/


13 posted on 12/03/2010 9:12:46 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Angel Flight. Does he still fly for them? If not, I’m sure he still has connections to them and could help in some way.


14 posted on 12/03/2010 9:30:52 PM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: Westbrook

Certainly, I join in prayer for your niece, Jessica, and family.

The angelflights link is probably the best lead. An alternative could be a larger mobile home that could transport her from what sounds like NC to MA. It would obviously take longer, but might be more smooth, less trauma on her delicate body.


15 posted on 12/03/2010 9:38:48 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Westbrook

May God bless Jessica and all of you.


16 posted on 12/04/2010 3:08:05 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: magslinger
Ping to Freeper A/C owner/operators.

Limbo - - well?

Prayers for this quickly getting resolved
17 posted on 12/04/2010 3:20:32 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Westbrook

My prayers and ove to your niece. God Bless both she and her family.


18 posted on 12/04/2010 3:38:04 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Westbrook

I meant Love...sorry *sigh*


19 posted on 12/04/2010 3:38:50 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Bodleian_Girl

We live in New England, so we don’t know any NC media. Thanks for the tip!


20 posted on 12/04/2010 4:28:25 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: davetex

> Please let the Freeper Nation know in more detail how we can help. God Bless.

My conservative brethren and veterans.

There is a web site and phone number listed in the article where contributions can be made towards arranging a special flight for her.


21 posted on 12/04/2010 4:30:13 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: toldyou

> Not sure if I understand that a (small) private plane has
> less vibration that a (large) commercial jet.

Not sure I understand it either, but the doctors at Dana Faber are saying that’s what’s needed.


22 posted on 12/04/2010 4:31:18 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: IGotTheBlueStateBlues

Thank you for the tips!!!


23 posted on 12/04/2010 4:31:55 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Vroomfondel; SC Swamp Fox; Fred Hayek; NY Attitude; P3_Acoustic; investigateworld; lowbuck; ...
SONOBUOY PING!

A Marine crew chief? That's Navair enough for me.

Click on pic for past Navair pings.

Post or FReepmail me if you wish to be enlisted in or discharged from the Navair Pinglist.
The only requirement for inclusion in the Navair Pinglist is an interest in Naval Aviation.
This is a medium to low volume pinglist.

24 posted on 12/04/2010 5:11:52 AM PST by magslinger ('This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!')
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To: Westbrook

FED EX Fred Smith probably would love to help


25 posted on 12/04/2010 5:16:46 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Coldwater Creek; All

Thank you all for your prayers and help and tips.

A private flight has been arranged. The final arrangements are being made right now.

Jessica will be going to Dana Farber in Boston. Please feel free to send her well wishes and cards at the addresses posted in the article.

I will update the addresses when she is in Dana Farber.

The thing I’m *REALLY* upset about is, how could her physician have missed this? I mean, it’s progressed to her spine, her liver and her lungs, and she has a big lump on her shoulder near her neck.

According to 0bamao-care, when you’re this far gone, the only medication you’ll be getting is pain killers. And it will be ILLEGAL for you to seek help outside the system with your own funds or donations.

Meanwhile, please join us in PRAYING FERVENTLY for Jessica that Dana Farber can help her beat this thing.


26 posted on 12/04/2010 5:23:12 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook

Prayers up for your niece. Couldn’t they just heavily sedate or even anesthetize her for the flight?


27 posted on 12/04/2010 7:13:11 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LUV W

Prayers. The FAA’s moronic interference with mercy flights is just one more obstacle to overcome.


28 posted on 12/04/2010 7:37:30 AM PST by pabianice
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To: LibWhacker

> Couldn’t they just heavily sedate or even anesthetize her
> for the flight?

Unfortunately, the cancer has fractured her spine, so they need the smoothest flight possible to avoid any further spinal injury.

And THANK YOU for the prayers.

We believe that God answers prayer!


29 posted on 12/04/2010 7:47:29 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook; onyx; penelopesire; LUV W; All

Praise the Lord for answered prayers!
Prayers continuing for Jessica’s care
and healing.


30 posted on 12/04/2010 9:24:38 AM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Westbrook; STARWISE

Fervent prayers up for Jessica!


31 posted on 12/04/2010 10:05:01 AM PST by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Westbrook

You got it. Media attention coming soon.

Heavenly Father,

We ask you to place your healing hands upon Jessica. Reverse the damage caused by the cancer. May the physicians’ hands be your hands, Lord. May their decisions be yours. May their knowledge be yours. We will glorify you, Lord, as you restore Jessica. In Christ’s Holy name we ask these things.

Amen.


32 posted on 12/04/2010 10:48:45 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Jim Robinson; Westbrook

Ping to Jim for any help he can muster.


33 posted on 12/04/2010 10:50:43 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Westbrook

Sending Prayers.


34 posted on 12/04/2010 7:30:13 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Kitty Mittens

And more prayers. Consider asking the Patrots for help.


35 posted on 12/04/2010 11:18:20 PM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than four years now-- But I think about it every day.)
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To: malkee; Westbrook; Alamo-Girl; 4Godsoloved..Hegave; albie; alicewonders; alnick; alpha-8-25-02; ...
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, for Any who haven't Seen this Thread, Please Lift Prayers for Jessica, who has a Rare and Aggressive Form of Esophageal Cancer, and Tumors have Fractured her Spine. This Dear Woman is a Flight Crew Chief for Marine Helicopters in Iraq, and More Recently at Costal Carolina. There is an Update in Post #26. Thank you for Any Prayers and/or Help you can Offer as she Fights this Terrible Disease.

We are Looking to You, our Loving Shepherd-King. Please Cover Jessica with Your Hand, and Encircle her with Peace and Grace. May Healing Mercies be with her, through the Power of Jesus' Name. Thank You for Providing the Flight she Needed, Gracious Lord. We Sing Hosannas to our Wonderful King! 'I will Give Thanks unto the Lord Greatly with my Mouth, and Praise Him Among the Multitude.' (Ps.109:30)

We Love You, our Savior, and Thank You for Hearing our Prayers. May Your Spirit Comfort Jessica, and Fill her with Health and Strength. In Jesus' Name, for Your Eternal Honor and Praise, amen.


36 posted on 12/05/2010 11:44:55 AM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Westbrook

Prayers for a successful treatment.


37 posted on 12/05/2010 11:50:02 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Brad's Gramma; Kathy in Alaska

Marine who needs our prayers (and help from those who can give it) ping


38 posted on 12/05/2010 11:56:28 AM PST by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: Westbrook

Prayers for Jessica are on the way.


39 posted on 12/05/2010 12:09:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Westbrook

Why is she not seeking treatment at the Duke Medical Center in Durham?


40 posted on 12/05/2010 12:11:35 PM PST by verity
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To: Westbrook

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Dana Farber. She’s in good hands.


41 posted on 12/05/2010 12:20:16 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Kitty Mittens

Prayers for Jessica and her doctors.


42 posted on 12/05/2010 3:36:03 PM PST by etabeta
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To: Kitty Mittens

Father, be with Jessica in this trying time. Help us to save her, as she has helped to save others.

Be with her, and her family, and help them to overcome any pain and anguish in their hearts.

If it is Your Will, keep her safe and close to you, and bring her through all necessary operations. Bring her back to those who still need her.

Amen


43 posted on 12/05/2010 5:30:21 PM PST by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: Kitty Mittens

Amen. I’ll be praying for Jessica.


44 posted on 12/05/2010 6:06:59 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: verity

> Why is she not seeking treatment at the Duke Medical
> Center in Durham?

Don’t know. Maybe because of the kind of cancer it is ... maybe because Dana Farber has more experience in this kind of cancer ...

I don’t think I want to ask her husband or parents that question right now. They are making what they believe are the best decisions for her.


45 posted on 12/05/2010 7:11:28 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: trisham; Brad's Gramma; Kathy in Alaska; verity; Fawnn; Kitty Mittens; BuckeyeTexan; malkee; ...

Last night, I talked with a friend who is a physician, but not connected with my niece’s case.

This kind of cancer is very agressive and very deadly. It will take a miracle to save her. Oh, Lord Jesus, please help!

He said something interesting, though. He said that the medical profession has been seeing more of these agressive types of cancers in younger and younger patients. My doctor friend himself has a sister in her mid-thirties with a very agressive breast cancer. He says that she had a physical just a few months ago and there was no trace. In that short time, this cancer developed and metasticized to her liver bones. Her prognosis is very bad.

My niece’s cancer developed the same way. She was fine a few months ago when she had her baby, and this thing developed suddenly and metasticized rapidly.

My freind would not offer a prognosis, since he is not connected with the case, but he did say to pray for a miracle.


46 posted on 12/05/2010 7:31:41 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook


Prayers continue for your niece, her doctors, and all of her family. (Click)


47 posted on 12/05/2010 7:37:08 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Westbrook

“. He said that the medical profession has been seeing more of these agressive types of cancers in younger and younger patients.”

A 16 year old boy who was a friend of a friend recently died of colon cancer. Colon cancer! In a 16 year old boy!

Cancer is nothing more than your own body cells mutating and growing out of control. There is a line of thought that it is caused by various viruses. Unfortunately there are thousands of viruses in the human genome alone. Most are benign but sometimes they aren’t.


48 posted on 12/05/2010 7:41:15 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Westbrook

I wonder if there’s some sort of connection. Prayers are continuing.


49 posted on 12/05/2010 7:41:16 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Westbrook; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; ...
Logan's Prayer Warriors......see additional information at Post #46.

Please reply to Westbrook. Thank you.

Westbrook's niece is in need of immediate prayers!

50 posted on 12/05/2010 7:45:07 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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