Cancer is a terrible disease that should never befall anyone. For the unfortunate tens of millions of people each year that have found themselves diagnosed with the disease, it’s tough for families to process and handle it. There are countless stories of people having their own personal battle with cancer, but there are almost as many lesser-known stories where their fight with cancer is heightened by mounting bills for treatment.
It is in these dire moments when donations help the most, and they certainly did alleviate a lot of stress when a family was blessed by hundreds of strangers on one special day.
A Big, Happy Family
The Kofoeds are a large, close knit family with four kids and two dogs. United with unbreakable bonds between one another, the Kofoeds create unforgettable memories and experiences. But one day, they find that those experiences are at risk of collapsing and being changed forever…
A Diligent Student
The mother of the family, Amanda, was a hard-working student in her last semester at Northwest Nazarene University, studying to become an elementary school teacher. This gave her a chance to work with more children, along with the four she already took care of at home. Unfortunately, her chances of working in the job she dreamed of grew slimmer after she discovered something life-threatening…
A Strange Lump
In early October, Amanda found that she had a lump on her arm. She would join her husband’s healthcare plan in only 3 months time, so she was hesitant about checking what may have caused this lump. After a few checkups, she found her suspicions were correct: that lump had been cancerous…
A Life Crushing Discovery
She found that she had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Amanda and her family were utterly devastated. Since Amanda is the leading caretaker of the family, her husband and children weren’t sure what they were going to do without her. They were no longer sure of what the family’s future would hold, as they saw their normal lives completely shattered before their eyes…
Insurance Wasn’t There to Help
Considering the possibility of the cancer spreading, and the urging of Amanda’s doctors to get treatment right away, she knew there was still three months between now and the insurance plan finalizing. She did not want to be a financial burden to her husband, even though her own life was at stake. She turned to her husband for help, hoping that he would have an answer.
Cornered by Death
Her husband, Clint, works for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. While this job does give him health insurance, it wasn’t nearly enough for the monstrous costs needed to treat his wife. Clint said he would figure out a way to provide the financial needs to pay for her treatment for the remaining three months. But, Amanda refused his selfless offer. She felt trapped, and didn’t know what to do…
Would Today Be Her Last?
Amanda and Clint had many sleepless nights after finding out her diagnosis. Every time Clint woke up to his beautiful wife, the thought of not seeing her again gave him a heartache. It could be the last time they would see each other, the last time she would see her kids, and the last time the family could be whole…
Support From Friends
They shared the sad diagnosis with a very close friend, Jessie Horney. Jessie, who had known the family for years, could not bear to sit back and let Amanda’s health deteriorate. She knew she had to figure out a way to help alleviate the stresses of the financial burden on the family. She decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Amanda’s treatment. Unbeknownst to the family and Jessie, the compassion shown from others would blow them away.
A Group of PRAYnksters
What many people underestimate is the selfless generosity of strangers. Jesse Fadel, a friend of Clint, is also the co-founder of a large group known as the PRAYnksters. Meant to mimic the trouble making aspect of pranksters, the PRAYnksters surprise people with acts of kindness. And their next target was Amanda’s family.
Ready for Action
Jesse had been conducting stunts with the organization for years, helping grief-stricken families with the financial woes of high medical bills, but when he discovered that the monster disease had affected a friend, it hit close to home. He informed the rest of the group members about Amanda’s unfortunate predicament, and together they agreed they had to take action immediately.
Amanda and Clint were invited to a coffee shop, told that they were going to film a “thank you” video for those who had donated to their GoFundMe page for their treatment. Little did they know, Jesse was right outside the coffee shop, and he was going to give them the biggest surprise of their life…
Amanda and Clint smiled at the camera, answering basic interview questions about their situation. They were completely oblivious to Jesse and his family, who walked into the shop and headed toward them. They interrupted the “interview” and placed $100 on the table. The couple was surprised, but they had yet to see what Jesse’s real surprise was…
Commence the PRAYnk
Immediately after placing the money on Amanda and Clint’s table, Jesse and his family walked off, confusing Amanda and Clint. The couple got even more confused when they realized another group walked up to them and proceeded to do the same thing. Another $100 were placed on the table.
Pile of Hundreds
Another group came. And another one. And another, and another. The coffee shop was soon filled to the brim, with each person carrying $100 to place on Amanda’s table. The line just didn’t stop moving, and the couple was overwhelmed.
Amanda recognized some of them. They were close friends, old friends, family members, and many, many strangers. There was a total of about 200 people, and by the end, the couple received $13,000 to go toward her treatments.
Tears of Joy
Amanda and Clint were in tears, hugging as many people as they could. They felt blessed to be loved in such a large, caring community. They just experienced the charity of the PRAYnksters.
A Miracle Gone Viral
The people who recorded the “interview” kept the camera going, recording the entire event. The video was uploaded to YouTube, becoming a viral sensation and accumulating over 200,000 views! The video is still gaining momentum, circulating in various social media sites, inspiring thousands to commit acts of kindness.
A Hopeful Family
Although Amanda still goes through the stress that comes with cancer, she still cares for her entire family, showing that her diagnosis doesn’t hold her back. Clint is there to help her every step of the way, praying that his wife, as well as his entire family, will be whole again. Thanks to the efforts of the PRAYnksters and the donators for the GoFundMe page, those prayers may be answered.
The Future Will Most Likely Be Safe
Now for the big question: How is Amanda’s treatment going? Well, things are looking up for the most part. Amanda has moments when she feels physically and mentally drained from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. But, even after many stints at the hospital, Amanda stays hopeful that one day she will beat the monster that has taken over her body. The survival rate of Hodgskins is dramatically higher than other forms of cancer, and due to the early detection of the lump, Amanda and her family are optimistic.
Donations Are Still Open
Since the opening of the GoFundMe page, Amanda and Clint have made $60,000, getting closer to their goal of $75,000. Due to the mounting hospital bills, defaulted mortgage payments, and other costs to ensure Amanda’s survival, the family still needs financial assistance. If you would like to continue the public’s support for this hopeful family, you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/AMANDAKOFOED.