The Wellsville Friends Foundation is such a blessing to our town and the people in it. We have participated in the golf tournament each year and was always happy to help the deserving family. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be the one with a cancer diagnosis and be selected as the golf tournament recipient.
In March 2014, I was diagnosed with Double Hit Lymphoma. I proceeded to go through 10 rounds of chemotherapy and in November 2014, received a stem cell transplant. The gift from the golf tournament and the WFF allowed my mind to solely focus on my treatment and the fight to beat this cancer. The gift allowed my wife Teresa, to take extended time off work to be my sole caretaker. It also provided resources to enable us to live in the city for three months while I was receiving care after my transplant.
The WFF is a group of people who will always have a special place in my heart. They work hard and ensure every event is the best it can be, every detail is covered and the family is cared for. They are committed to paying it forward and my family and I will be forever grateful.
I praise God for the WFF, its board members and everyone who supports this great foundation.
Love and Prayers to you all,
JR Oshel and Family
In June of 2010, I was given an initial diagnosis of a rare form of Leukemia called CMMl. Absent of any symptoms, I wanted a second opinion, so we loaded up and headed to MD Anderson where to my dismay they confirmed my diagnosis. The Treatment plan was an immediate round of chemo and to schedule a stem cell transplant that would require a 4 month stay in Houston. We returned to Wellsville very discouraged and not knowing what to expect. When you hear the "C-Word", it's all you can think about. As we were preparing for the next stop in my life's journey, God intervened with a blessing, my sister was an identical match to be my stem cell donor. And then to my surprise, the blessings continued when a knock came at the door and I greeted by three angels who gave me a generous gift to help with expenses for our journey. These angels were with the Wellsville Friends Foundation. I'll never forget that moment, their generosity and compassion touched me deeply and was a bright spot during a very dark time. A simple thank you can never adequately express the gratitude and appreciation that me and my family feel.
With Love and Blessings,
-Bobbie Ann Burgoon-
The young people of the Wellsville Friends Foundation are a tribute to our hometown of Wellsville. Most of these young people grew up in Wellsville and knew my late husband Roy through our kids Angie, Jo, & Joel and the many school functions we supported. I feel like we have a tight knit community, so I don't think the Foundations choice was a hard one when they heard Roy had been diagnosed with cancer. They wanted to help us in our fight. Roy was chosen to be the beneficiary of the Wellsville Friends Foundation Golf Tournament. Sadly Roy lost his battle against cancer prior to the golf tournament, but I know it gave Roy great comfort in knowing that Wellsville Friends Foundation committee was behind him. Roy had been off work for a year and a half because of his illness, and I had also taken a family leave from work when Roy's last wishes where to stay at home. So I want to thank the Wellsville Friends Foundation for giving Roy great comfort in knowing we would be receiving a generous gift from them to pay off medical bills accumulated over the year and a half battle with cancer. Roy was a great husband, great father and the best Papa to our grandchildren. so he deserved only the best, which I feel the Wellsville Friends Foundation recognized when they chose Roy. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, you are the best.
Keep up the good work.
Bobbie Ann Burgoon
The Wellsville Friends Foundation plays a big part in helping the families of cancer patients. I was diagnosed with cancer in March of 2010. Everyone knows the physical and emotional struggles cancer places on people. What most people don't think about is the financial stress it puts on families and individuals. Worrying about paying bills is the last thing we need to be doing. It takes all your strength to get through surgeries, doctor appointments and chemotherapy/radiation. That is what happens though. While not working my salary was cut in half while on disability. Often people have jobs that don't pay anything at all when their sick days run out. The bills started coming in and I just put them in a pile.
The heavy load that is lifted when you receive a check from The Wellsville Friends Foundation is amazing. They just give it to you. No strings attached. After all the red tape that has to be dealt with in dealings with doctors and insurance companies, they just give you money to pay your bills. They just want you to be well. They are an incredible group. A foundation that really understands the stress in dealing with illness. I no longer give money to cancer research. Drug companies and universities have that covered. The healing that The Wellsville Friends Foundation gives can't be measured by a blood test or a CAT Scan. My husband and I will always be grateful to this group. There isn't a dollar amount you can put on your peace of mind. We will never be able to repay what they did for us.
-Mike & Diana Moss-
It is hard to put into words what this group means to us. We cannot convey how grateful & thankful we are for this special & amazing group of people. They give so much of their time to help out community and our family's. Mike & I would like to say THANK YOU to this amazing group and to our family, friends, & to our community.
THANK YOU ALL!!!
For Prayers & Love
God Bless You All
Mike & Diana Moss