Skip to comments.Mass. Marine Trying To Get Home For Cancer Treatment
Posted on 12/03/2010 8:14:56 PM PST by Westbrook
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-942-1560.
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!
Are you guys in contact with any other NC media so far?
Please let the Freeper Nation know in more detail how we can help. God Bless.
I think Neal Boortz used to fly for one of the medical flight organizations.
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
God be with your niece, Westbrook.. His ways are
mysterious and miraculous.
Not sure if I understand that a (small) private plane has less vibration that a (large) commercial jet.
Nevertheless...I wish her well.
Prayers up for this Marine and family! God watch over all of
them and give them the strength and courage needed at a time
You might want to look into Angel Flights.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May God bless Jessica and all of you.
My prayers and ove to your niece. God Bless both she and her family.
I meant Love...sorry *sigh*
We live in New England, so we don’t know any NC media. Thanks for the tip!
> 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.
> 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.
Thank you for the tips!!!
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FED EX Fred Smith probably would love to help
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.
Prayers up for your niece. Couldn’t they just heavily sedate or even anesthetize her for the flight?
Prayers. The FAA’s moronic interference with mercy flights is just one more obstacle to overcome.
> Couldnt 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!
Praise the Lord for answered prayers!
Prayers continuing for Jessica’s care
Fervent prayers up for Jessica!
You got it. Media attention coming soon.
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.
Ping to Jim for any help he can muster.
And more prayers. Consider asking the Patrots for help.
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.
Prayers for a successful treatment.
Marine who needs our prayers (and help from those who can give it) ping
Prayers for Jessica are on the way.
Why is she not seeking treatment at the Duke Medical Center in Durham?
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Dana Farber. She’s in good hands.
Prayers for Jessica and her doctors.
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. I’ll be praying for Jessica.
> 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.
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.
“. 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.
I wonder if there’s some sort of connection. Prayers are continuing.
Please reply to Westbrook. Thank you.