Thursday, December 12, 2013

Harleysville native battles rare Stage 4 cancer

It appears anywhere Michelle Chelius has lived, she's laid her roots.

Michelle, with daughter Sinead and son Callum.

Now as she fights a rare Stage 4 level cancer, many communities are uniting to help battle together.
Donate here.

Chelius grew up in Harleysville and attended Souderton High School. A teacher, along with her husband and North Wales native Dave Hannum, moved to Burlington County before most recently settling in Schuylkill County.

"She's one of those people it only takes five minutes to fall in love with," Deb Lynch said.

While living in Burlington County, Dave taught at the same school as Rob Lynch. Lynch and his wife Deb ran a side tie-dye business, from which Dave bought Michelle a dress.

Then at a party, Michelle approached Dave to thank him for the beautiful dress he made her and ever since the two couples have been close friends.

"We've been best friends for 10 years," Deb said. "A two hour drive doesn't mean anything."

For this reason, Deb organized an online fundraiser for her friend Michelle who is battling Stage 4 Thymic cancer, a cancer that rests behind the breast bone.

"She's lived her expiration date, I like to joke," Deb said. Michelle was originally diagnosed in January 2012 and continues to fight her cancer.

"I didn't have kids to die before they moved out of my house," Michelle often tells Deb. Michelle and Dave have a 9-year-old daughter and piano player named Sinead and an 11-year-old son and all-sports player named Callum.

Good news came today from an anonymous donor who promised to match any donation made to Michelle's Give Forward page by Monday. The current donations will go towards funding the $8,000 monthly treatment that Michelle now has to receive because of an allergic reaction to previous Chemotherapy.

"She is a part of a lovely family and deserves the opportunity to mother her children," Deb said.

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