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My husband’s sister has cancer. The news came as a big shock to everyone. It’s stage four, it’s in her bones and her lung and she has a hard fight ahead of her.

So now that I’ve gotten the hard news over with, the message to follow, I hope, will inspire you and bring a smile to your face.

She lives in a very small community, Taylorsville, California, nestled high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She’s worked hard all her 54 years. She’s the local mail carrier, she’s raised a small herd of cattle, she’s been a waitress for 39 years, she lives in a modest mobile home and is married to a Native American man who is a horse whisperer, for real. She’s lived an ordinary life but Georgette is anything but ordinary. She found that out last night.

When her townspeople heard of her illness and upcoming treatment, everyone whose life she had touched in some small way came out to celebrate her life and raise money for her to live on while receiving treatment. 500 people showed up at the Grange Hall. Three bands donated their music, woodcrafters donated furniture for a live auction, other live and silent auction items were sold, beverages were donated and sold, food was donated, there was a $25 per person cover at the door.

They raised in excess of $20,000 in the span of an evening. She called this morning. She’s still in shock. She can’t believe that many people showed up and that much money was raised.

I said, “Georgie, that’s what you’ve been cultivating your whole life, this kind of love.” She told me she didn’t even realize she had been touching lives like this. She’s just being herself. I said “That’s when you know it’s real. When you don’t even know you‘re doing it.”

So now she’s motivated to fight the good fight. She says she can’t let these good people down. When all is said and done, there’s going to be another party. This time the fun’s all on her nickle.


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