The Kantor Family, Middlesex
Written by her friends....
Erin Kearns Kantor is a 47 year young local resident of Middlesex, NJ. She has been recently diagnosed and is battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer at the Carol Simon Center in Morristown, NJ.
Erin is not in this fight alone. Erin is the mom to 2 beautiful children, a daughter Jordan who is 14 and a son Dillon who is 11. She also has a loving husband Tom who has always been the sole provider and to whom she just celebrated 17 years of marriage to.
Erin’s illness alone would be tough enough for this family to deal with but unfortunately it didn’t start there. Her husband Tom was recovering from surgery when Erin learned of her diagnosis. At the time, Erin was trying to keep up on the day to day household chores as well as caring for their children. Both children have health issues related to (EDS) Ehlers Dandles Syndrome, a degenerative disease of connective tissue effecting the joints and internal organs. Dillon is currently a patient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for severe digestive disorders and their daughter Jordan suffers from multiple issues as well, all related to the EDS. In addition to the above, 3 members of the family suffer from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to gluten products.
Erin has always been the one taking the children to doctor visits, labs, hospital visits, keeping track of insurance papers, prescriptions, papers for school, etc. The cost of deductibles, co-insurance and co-pays are just mounting for this family. Just the cost of shopping/cooking for a family with Celiac Disease creates much higher food bills than for the average household. They need help and they need it now.
I have known Erin Kearn Kantors for most of her life. She has always been one of the strongest women I know. She was a determined young lady with a will that wouldn’t quit. Now as a beautiful and loving wife and an amazing, attentive mom. But now she is tired. Let’s lend her a helping hand for a bit and the Erin I know will be lending that hand right back at you. Paying it forward I’m sure when she’s good and strong!
Quote from Erin When I asked if we could fund raise in her honor:
“Reaching out to everyone for support is very difficult for me, but my family is my priority and I will do anything to help them!” … Erin.
Thank you all in advance for your love and support. The Kantor family appreciates each and every one of you. They only ask that you respect their need for rest and privacy. A lot of people have wanted to stop by and drop things off. They are forever grateful. But respectfully the family would like to ask that other arrangements be made. Especially going into Flu season.
Update March 1, 2016 by Daryl Anne:
When Erin was diagnosed last April 2015, they were preparing for Tom’s spinal fusion surgery causing Tom to be on disability since May of 2015.
Unfortunately the spinal fusion was not successful and he requires a 2 Level spinal fusion on March 1st, 2016. This will be Tom’s 20th surgery to date. Tom is the sole provider for their family.
Erin has always been the one who takes care of the family’s multiple health issues, and now she is very sick. Erin is currently being treated at the Carol Simon Center in Morristown. Erin has been on chemotherapy since April 2015. All of the efforts Erin has made are helping her and the tumors have been reduced. But these procedures are extremely costly. Some because they are considered experimental.
Erin is a fighter, and she is determined to beat this horrible disease and help her family. But Erin needs help in this fight. The bills are overwhelming and they are living on Tom’s disability pay.
It just seems so unfair for one family to struggle with so many things.
How can I help the Kantor Family?
- Click here to make an online donation direct to The Kantor Family through a YouCaring site set up by her friends. This donation is not tax deductible as it is not processed through Steps Together. (This is a new page created to include Tom)
- Team Erin - Cancer Crushers website has been created which has everything you need to help the Kantor family from grocery lists, direct donation info to event details.
- Click here to make a tax deductible donation to Steps Together. Steps Together is a Hillsborough based 501(c)(3) organization that assists families in our community facing a medical crisis. Steps Together assists all the families we detail.
- Anyone wishing to host a fundraiser for the Kantor family should email Nancy or Daryl Anne. They will be managing the coordination of any events for Erin. All events will then be listed below.