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Pass the Cash - April 16, 2014: Medical assistant fighting cancer gets a little assistance

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Dawne Gee (left) Gail (center) and Rita (right) Dawne Gee (left) Gail (center) and Rita (right)
Gail Gail

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Each week we Pass the Cash I either learn a lot or get reminded of a lot but both are important. What we learn and what we are pushed to think about may be different for us all, but what I hope is not different, is when you see a need at home or in your community you won't just pass it by.

Gail has worked with Rita for years and worked hard. Starting in medical records, then moving to receptionist and after putting herself through school she became a medical assistant.

"The week she started on the floor with us as medical assistant she was told she had breast cancer and she also has a husband that's disabled so she is the sole provider for her home," Rita said.

A double mastectomy with chemo to follow. The process was hard for Gail and all the ladies in their close crew to hear.

Rita said, "They're like family. We're here with each other all day actually more than we are at home and we just want to make sure that we can help her."

Thanks to anonymous donors in WAVE Country we had $1,100 to pass.

We waited in the specialty area, while a page went out to send Gail back to us. Then we handed her the cash.

"There's no way I could do this without these people here. No way whatsoever," Gail said through tears. "It's really been a tough deal. It wasn't what I expected it to be. It's been a whole lot worse."

Gail said of her experience, "The chemo just wipes everything out of your system. It takes all the bone marrow and you hurt. It's horrendous."

But the she said the most painful part of it all was watching her family have to go though it with her.

"To sit there and know he could do nothing to help me. He was just in misery," she said of her husband.

"My daughter, my mother came and stayed and rubbed my back like when I was a baby. It's just been really hard on them."

Then while fighting the cancer, Gail must fight the realities and the nagging thoughts in her head.

"Just making sure we have enough to keep the roof over our heads," she said.

But one thing they all know is that Gail is a fighter.

"I will get through this because of them and my family. Thank you Rita," Gail said.

Gail's co-workers are trying to put together a benefit for Gail on Sunday, May 18 at the Henryville Community Center.

They are still in need of a caterer and more items to auction. If you would like to help email dgee@wave3.com.

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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