On Thursday July 8th 2021 4:30 am, my beautiful wife of 34 years, Dawn Scrofine-Saunders (Pookie) suffered a seizure for unknown reasons at home. After being taken to the RWJ Barnabas Community Medical Center in Toms River, a routine chest x-ray was done to make sure she had not aspirated into her lungs. During that test a suspicious mass was seen in her lung. After further testing it has been determined that she has developed cancer of the lung, spine & brain. It is a complete mystery as to why this has happened. Dawn has always lived the most pure life in thought and being with no smoking, rarely has a drink and no risk factors, a pure soul loved by all. While this is devastating, she is fierce, not angry and is ready to fight to stay here with her family and friends.
We cannot say enough good things about the fast/aggressive approach that the Barnabas/Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is doing to expedite treatment. Lung biopsy results are pending but the MRI/Cat Scans show many hot-spots in her brain and full head radiation was to start yesterday afternoon. Chemotherapy for the lung will be next, spine treatment to be determined. Radiation has been delayed until Monday, which is still early, due to a car accident outside the hospital that took out a pole along with the wires, literally when she was sliding into the machine! You can’t make this stuff up my friends. After being held downstairs because of elevator issues she went back to her room and in only the way Dawn can do, made light of it by deciding to start the treatment herself the Italian way with basil leaves on her head. Always smiling, always loving this is not fair but we are dealing with it. Thank you to the #beachwoodpolicedepartment for their fast response, the medics/ambulance and other personnel, as well as all of the staff in the hospital, it is much appreciated.
While we do have insurance, much will not be covered and I will be setting up an online donation site, if you can help, please do. Thank you and please pray for my Pookie.
Thank you, hug your wife and family.