Please Share Pookie’s Story
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, no risk factors and always got her yearly checkups and mammogram. Her bloodwork is completely normal with nothing suspicious. 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 with the possibility of complete removal instead to stop the source, 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, huge amount will not be covered so I created this donation site, if you can help, please do.
Please share this fundraiser and pray for my Pookie.
Thank you, please hug your wife and family.
James Saunders, Karleigh, Vincent & Emily
More info and videos posted on my FB page here https://www.facebook.com/JamesSaunders2021287/
On 7/12/21 Pookie received her 1st radiation treatment of the brain, now every day for 2 weeks with weekends off before next phase.
Thank you all so much for your generosity and continued support! While it is not possible to thank everyone individually at this time, you have managed to touch our hearts!