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Help Me Make My Van Home Sweet Home

When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer and given 3-5 years to live, I became determined to get a van and travel while I was still able to.  In March, I let go of the place I had been living and made plans to go to WA for alternative treatment.  Then the coronavirus hit and my ... Read More

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When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer and given 3-5 years to live, I became determined to get a van and travel while I was still able to.  In March, I let go of the place I had been living and made plans to go to WA for alternative treatment.  Then the coronavirus hit and my plans fell through.  Luckily, I stayed with my daughter until I was able to buy a minivan, using government stimulus money.  For $1200, I bought a 91 Ford  Aerostar, which provided a blank slate for me to create a home from a cargo van and start my journey.  Or so I had thought...

Unfortunately, the virus continues, and like so many of us, it has caused an upheaval of my plans, as well as increasing expenses, therefore, stunting the progress of the conversion of my home.  I am slowly doing work on my van, whilst living in it, and I’ve either found some things for free or had some items gifted to me, but there are still basics needed to make the van a functioning home  

I have realized it is time to ask for help from my friends, family, and community so that I can have a home that is suitable for a person with a disease as debilitating as I have.  It has been over a year and a half since the first fundraiser that was held for me and I am in greater need of help than ever.  Not only do I still require help with my supplements, alternative treatments, a diet that supports my health, and other day to day expenses,  I now have the issue of needing to create a stable, secure, safe, and healthy home.  I have researched financial assistance for folks on disability and/or with stage IV cancer, both private and public, and other than social security, which I receive the minimal amount, there is nothing.  I am in a dire situation, that leaves nothing extra for the budget I need for my home, let alone any other extras. 

However, I have been able to get quite a lot of work done on the van, both mechanical and interior but there are some essential items still needed.  I will apply any funds raised to purchase a portable toilet, an auxiliary battery and inverter, a washing system for both body and dishes, more memory foam for bedding, an alarm system,  a jump box, privacy shades, proper storage for my belongings and replacing the potentially hazardous carpet with an alternative. Should I be able to raise anything extra, I will save for the travel I had originally planned on  

I know that these times are challenging for everyone and so many of us are out of work,  and/or struggling to make life seem “normal.” If you can donate to my cause,  you will be supporting my living situation, housing, and health and wellness.  No amount is too small, all donations are appreciated and please share this campaign! 

Thank you for your support.

Kara

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Help Me Make My Van Home Sweet Home

$1,500 of $1,500

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Help Me Make My Van Home Sweet Home

Kara McDonald, on behalf of

Kara McDonald

Living on a limited, fixed income from disability has made the dream of living in a van, a challenge for Kara. Now, in the time of COVID-19, things have become even more of a struggle and she is living in the half renovated minivan full time and is in need of financial help to finish the project.

Kara McDonald

Diagnosed in December of 2018, Kara McDonald is living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, a terminal cancer that has spread to her spine, femur, and pelvis. She is currently converting a 91 Ford Aerostar minivan into a mobile home with the hopes to travel the US before her disease progresses further.

Agua Fria, New Mexico

Recent Donations

  • $70.00

    Jacquelyn Brown-Hadnot

    2 months ago

    Hi Kara, I'm donating because I am a survivor of Stage 3 Breast Cancer and Metastatic Lymph Node Cancer. It is a journey that no one will understand unless they've have been through it. I am praying for you and the fullness of life for you. Please keep fighting and living life to the fullest.

  • $5.00

    Debra Boar

    2 months ago

    Best of luck to you during this especially hard time.

  • $50.00

    Hannah Hopkins Walton

    3 months ago

    You go girl!

  • $10.00

    William L. Schafer

    3 months ago

    xxx ooo. Wishing you safe passage through difficult times

  • $100.00

    Angela Smirkman

    3 months ago

    Love you, Kara. Let me know how I can help you.

  • $40.00

    Pamela Ellsworth

    3 months ago

  • $100.00

    Kerry Kirkpatrick

    3 months ago

    Hi Kara, I’m thinking of you and so sorry you are being hit with so many challenges at once. You are a beautiful person inside and out and offer so much to those around you. I pray for your strength while you fight this f*****g cancer. Much love to you, Kerry

  • $25.00

    Eric Salazar

    3 months ago

  • $55.00

    Barbara Boehms

    3 months ago

  • $100.00

    Lewi Longmire

    3 months ago

    Love and miss you, Kara! Keep fighting!

  • $25.00

    Molly Duncan

    3 months ago

    Kick that! Love to you! ~ the Duncans

  • $50.00

    alicia ephraim

    3 months ago

    happy to support a beautiful soul

  • $25.00

    Tamalyn Harris

    3 months ago

  • $125.00

    Kelly Taylor

    3 months ago

    Stay strong and get your van done and come see me

  • $25.00

    Kelly Taylor

    3 months ago

  • $25.00

    JohnHenry Bootzin

    3 months ago

  • $25.00

    Serena Gabriel

    3 months ago

    Thinking of you❤️

  • $175.00

    Esther Lipsky

    3 months ago

  • $25.00

    Esther Lipsky

    3 months ago

  • $25.00

    Brian Greendahl

    3 months ago

    In honor of my wife who lost her battle with breast cancer. God bless you.

  • $20.00

    Jojo Boehms

    3 months ago

    Love you, Kara ❤️

  • $25.00

    Rachel Waldrop

    3 months ago

    We love you, Kara! Wish we could donate 100 times this much.

  • $25.00

    Sarah Stinson

    3 months ago

  • $100.00

    CLARA DE LA TORRE

    3 months ago

    Because I love you...

  • $25.00

    David Barsanti

    3 months ago

    Love you Baby Be well!!!

  • $200.00

    Laird Hovland

    3 months ago

    Hey Kara, wish I could help more. All the best

  • $25.00

    Donald Williams

    3 months ago

    Wish you weren't having such a bad time. I have only a little to give but hopefully you'll meet your goal.