Cancer patient seeks local support

MARYSVILLE — Marysville resident Dawn Robertson is hoping to have a happy holiday with her family, and she’s asking the local and online communities to help her make it happen.

Robertson recently completed stem cell treatment for cancer and has been looking forward to going home in time for Christmas, but the expenses associated with her medical treatment have eaten up the money that she could otherwise spend on making her 5-year-old daughter Hailey’s Christmas merry.

The 27-year-old Robertson was diagnosed with Refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after going to the doctor in November of 2007, to get the arthritic spurs in her spine checked out. Her husband of 11 years, Ron, has served as Dawn’s full-time caregiver, but without his income, the family has found itself in a bind this holiday season.

Ron’s unemployment recently ended and Dawn won’t start receiving disability payments until January, so even with Dawn’s father stepping in to help care for Hailey, the Robertsons are now relying on the charity of family, friends, neighbors and even strangers to get them through the New Year.

“I want my daughter to have a cool Christmas,” Dawn Robertson said. “I already missed sharing the Christmas parade in Marysville with her, which I’m bummed about.”

As Robertson and her husband prepare for her next two years of care, during which time even details such as Ron’s cooking will have to be tailored to meet Dawn’s medical needs, Dawn has posted updates about her condition on her blog, at, which includes a way for people to make donations to her family online.

“Please help us,” Dawn Robertson wrote on her blog. “I am asking with all my heart. I don’t know what to do anymore.”

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