I’m giving you fair warning to grab an entire box of tissues before reading this story. Believe me, you are going to need it.
There is a group out there called PRAYnksters whose sole purpose is “to make people laugh, and to help people in need.” And help people they are. This time the group surprised 30-year-old Amanda Kofoed from Nampa, Idaho.
In October, the mother of four children ranging in age from 7 to 3 found a lump under her arm. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was not what anyone could have imagined: Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
I have seen devastation firsthand that these diagnoses can cause. Families losing husbands, children, mothers. You think it could never happen to you —until it does. It is impossible enough to comprehend the possibility of losing a family member to cancer. The agony of watching a loved one go through painful treatments, uncertain whether they will cure them. Now imagine for a moment not having the means to even get in the fight.
At the point of diagnosis, Kofoed had no insurance. She did not believe she would be able to start treatment, and her family was devastated.
A family friend, Jessie Horney, set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for what would likely be hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical expenses.
But what no one expected was the selfless generosity of strangers. PRAYnksters co-founder, Jesse Fadel, is a longtime friend of Amanda’s husband, Clint. Jesse told the group about Amanda’s diagnosis, and they immediately jumped into action.
The group invited Amanda and Clint to a coffee shop under the guise of making a “thank you” video for everyone who donated to their GoFundMe account. Once there, almost 200 PRAYnksters entered the coffee shop holding $100 bills. Each volunteer put their $100 on the table next to Amanda.
“So many old friends and so many new friends — there were people I hadn’t seen in over 10 years. … We are not doing this alone. We are surrounded by so many people that love us. We don’t have to do this ourselves,” Amanda said of the heartwarming gesture. In all, the Praynksters raised over $13,000 to help pay for Amanda’s treatment.
It just goes to show how much the simple gestures from strangers can change the lives of others in such a profound way. These four children desperately need their mother. Amanda’s husband needs his wife. And I am certain Amanda has a whole lot more left to give to this life. All of these donations make it possible for her to stay in and fight this fight.
Since the GoFundMe page went live, the Kofoed’s have raised over $24,000. If you would like to make a donation, go here.