‘She’s just a beautiful soul’
Friends and families of an involved community member are reaching out for community support.
Dee Lucas of Canyon Creek was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. She was taken to Denver to start chemotherapy, where she will stay for at least a month.
Lucas, a mother of three and grandmother of two, is “just a beautiful woman inside and out,” said Cathie Bailey, a friend of Lucas and future mother-in-law to Lucas’ son.
“She’s always been one to go over and beyond and anything for her friends,” Bailey siad.
Bailey told of a time she and her husband were moving, but she had an emergency gallbladder removal. When Bailey got back from the hospital, she found that Lucas had packed the Bailey’s house for them.
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“She’s just a beautiful soul,” Bailey said. “She is always so positive and funny.”
Bailey helped set up a weShare Crowd Funding page to help raise funds for Lucas’ medical costs at http://wesharecrowdfunding.com/deelucas.
Bailey said her husband had to get his aorta replaced and gallbladder removed all within a year, which took a financial toll.
“I don’t want to see anybody ever go through what we went through,” Bailey said of the financial strain. “I just didn’t want to see them lose what they do have. That’s why I wanted to start this fund for them.”
Lucas is a caretaker for Canyon Creek and works part-time as a book keeper at Glenwood Springs Beauty Academy. Lucas’ husband shoes horses, so with her being in the hospital for at least a month, the Lucases will lose out on some income.
“She’s not one to ever ask anyone for anything,” Bailey said.
Bailey and other friends and family are hopeful for Lucas’ healthy recovery.
“Our community, we stand together,” Bailey said. “I’m hoping that they’ll reach into their hearts and wallets to help out Dee,” she said.
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