Jennifer has fought stage 4 breast cancer since 2019. She has had Chemo treatments at a minimum of every 3 weeks since that day, along with radiation and multiple surgeries.
She wished to see the 911 Memorial and after an unfortunate amount of time (waiting to get past the various Covid-19 restrictions), we were able to help Jennifer and her family get to New York City in August 2022. The trip was a great experience and the kids had some big eye-opening moments.
"Jennifer still has a lot of fighting ahead but this was an excellent break from it all. This is just some of the many pictures we took. You should all be proud of what you do in helping others complete a bucket list item. " -husband, Chad
Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation and several surgeries. Jessica also had cold cap treatments during chemo, which help to prevent hair loss. This type of treatment is not covered by insurance. Jessica’s request was to fulfill her dream of seeing Wicked on Broadway. Over Labor Day weekend in 2019, LAPF was thrilled to send Jessica, her mom and her aunt to NYC for the long weekend. They got to see Wicked in the front row! This was a much deserved trip for Jess!
Katie and her husband announced they were becoming parents at Christmas 2017 and sadly, Katie miscarried. Months went by – but Katie wasn’t feeling better. In late June she finally went to the doctor. What everyone thought was lingering effects of a miscarriage became what no one EVER wants to hear…cancer. Hodgkins Lymphoma, Stage 2.
This amazing couple is so young; they’re having to face challenges very few of us have had to endure. They’ve lost a baby, they’ve lost an income, they’ve lost time…all because of cancer. Katie has fought cancer like a champ. She smiled through every single second of it. She faced it head on throughout the entire process of doctor’s appointments, biopsies, fertility treatments, chemo rounds and weekly labs. She would always take time to talk to a fellow patient, or even worry about everyone affected by this – her husband, family, friends – before she thought of herself.
Katie and Steven had always wanted to go to Boston and see a Boston Bruins game. They are huge hockey fans. They had so many things they wanted to do before cancer happened to them, but this was at the top of the bucket list! In February 2019, LAPF had the pleasure of sending Katie and Steven to Boston for a week. They got to see their beloved Bruins play, and spend the rest of the time exploring museums, aquariums and taking brewery tours.
Christina is a native of California and was referred to the foundation from a former recipient, Katie. Christina was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in October of 2014. Christina is married, has 3 children and is a law student. Her request was to have her family experience a dude ranch, for which we were able to help them in May 2018.
“This is my family, it may be broken, but it’s still good” –Christina’s favorite saying from Lilo & Stitch
Josh was diagnosed with recurrent testicular cancer in September 2016. Josh is 26, lives in New London WI, is an avid soccer fan, enjoys fishing and spending time with friends and family.
Josh’s request was to attend an English Premier soccer game between his and his best friends team, with his best friend. They were able to attend this in February 2018.
“You all have truly made a dream of mine come true; words can’t describe how grateful I am.” – Josh
Renae was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma (terminal brain cancer) February 2016. Renae is 36, is married, has 2 young daughters, and had previously worked as a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s, Mercy Oakwood Center and Calumet Medical Center. Renae’s request was to have a Vow Renewal and Reception; Her husband and her never had a wedding as they were married in a courthouse due to his service with the National Guard. Renae worked with Amy (with the foundation) who helped her plan her day in January 2018.
“I have been blessed with many people praying for me and have helped and cared for me”. – Renee
Katie was diagnosed a second time with Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2016. She was recommended as a recipient by our Secretary, Amber, who has followed her on Twitter for over 5 years. Katie lived in Ontario, Canada with her husband and was a huge advocate for young women dealing with breast cancer by writing blogs, speaking publicly and raising money for cancer research. Katie’s request was to attend a retreat at Sundara Inn and Spa in WI Dells, which Amber and Amy (with the Foundation) had the honor to pick her up and take her to in May 2017.
Sadly, Katie passed away on June 21st, 2019 at the age of 35.
“Like a Prayer Foundation offered me a chance to be a woman living with a disease instead of dying from one” -Katie
Randy was diagnosed stage 4 Small Cell Lung CancerJune 2016. Randy lived in Oshkosh with his wife and her 2 children. His request was simple, a weekend away at a lodge in the WI Dells with his family and friends, which they enjoyed in November of 2016.
Randy lost his battle on December 1st, 2016 at the age of 53.
“Material things no longer mattered. It was about family and friends, spending as much time as possible together. The only thing we could do was to give him time with his family, extended family, and friends. Time where he could share memories with them. Time to reminisce about treasured memories. Time away from home, where the constant reminder of sickness was. Time to laugh.” – sister, Robin
Jason was diagnosed young in his life with Congenital Heart & Lung defects. He was from Appleton, WI, was married and has 1 young daughter. His request was for him and his family to take a trip to Florida to visit friends and go to Disney World in which they got to do in September 2016.
Jason lost his battle on May 9th, 2017 at the age of 42.
“His stubbornness and will to live kept him going like the energizer bunny” – his wife, Heather