Julie Williamsen is described as an incredibly generous person who is always willing to give her time and resources to the people around her. That’s why asking for financial help via Red Basket was so difficult for her. But when Julie faced a second battle with cancer in the fall of 2013, she knew she wouldn’t be able to handle the medical bills and travel expenses to MD Anderson Center on her own. That’s when the Red Basket community stepped up to help Julie raise $2,580.

Since her Red Basket project closed a few months ago, Julie has made several decisions regarding her treatment. Because Julie’s cancer is so rare, she and her doctors are taking every precaution necessary and basically over treating it. As a result, Julie decided to do an extra regimen of chemotherapy of which she is wrapping up with the last three months. The great news is that her last scans came back clean!

Julie is extremely grateful to her Red Basket supporters saying, “The funds they raised allowed me to go back and forth to Texas multiple times to see my specialist who I feel saved my life.” Julie told us that she would not have been able to afford the gas and hotel expenses without the assistance she received via Red Basket.

Along with this feeling of gratitude comes some advice for current and future Askers on Red Basket from Julie, “My advice to Askers is to reach out, it’s OK. If there’s ever a time in your life to allow others to do for you, this is it.”

As Julie wraps up her second battle with cancer, she feels more thankful than ever. “I am thankful for my supporters, my family, my doctors, Red Basket, my Savior above and my life,” said Julie. Once again, Julie’s generous and giving spirit are shining brightly.

To read Julie’s Red Basket story, click here: Julie’s Second Fight

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!