It may be a new year but it is not going to be any easier for 35-year-old Rainey Bendio who has Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Having to endure extremely intensive chemotherapy now, Bendio will have to have another major surgery when this round of chemotherapy is finished only to be followed by more chemotherapy and radiation.
Originally diagnosed with ovarian cancer 36 months ago when tumors were found, Rainey had a full hysterectomy when surgeons found cancer had spread to her ovaries, colon, bladder and liver. Surgeons found a tiny bit of cancer on her lymph nodes which meant extreme chemotherapy of 12 hours at a time with a port in her chest and a capsule of chemotherapy on a timer following the 12 hours.
Rainey's supportive family, fiance Joe Casey and daughters Morgan, 12, and Paige, 10 are her main supporters as most of her family lives in either Southern California or Utah. Rainey's sister lives in southern California, her Mother lives in Corning and helps where she can but much help is needed for this young family enduring so much. Julie and Rainey's father died September 1, 2017.
The holidays don't mean much for the Casey family as Rainey was too sick to enjoy the time together. Her sister Julie came from Southern California but Rainey was sick the entire time and she worries about her family and not being able to take care of them.
An online option to help is called "Meal Train" where supportive people can sign up to help by bringing a meal to them preferably between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m., to their home in Gridley. Visit www.mealtrain.com/trains/17518m to help lighten the load for this family.
Now in her third round of chemotherapy, Rainey will have another surgery which will bring the news whether her cancer has spread and if she needs to endure more chemotherapy and radiation.
Joe's parents are Rufus and Nancy Casey of Biggs. Joe and Rainey are currently looking for a reasonable home to rent and would prefer a three bedroom. Please call Bree Kelly with any information at 949-636-0783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help with medical expenses. Though the $5,000 goal was nearly met, this money went for a large co-pay for her first surgery along with the required half up front.
When the family's car broke down on their way home from a doctors appointment in San Francisco, several family members contributed money to surprise them with a used vehicle which was certainly a load off their minds.
We need to help now and somehow lessen the burden in any way we can for this family of four.
Anyone who would like to contribute a donation can drop a check off to The Gridley Herald, made payable to Joe Casey or go online to www.gofundme.com.