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Ramona passed away On November 2, 2017
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Ramona Lee & Carl Grant Fausey, Jr. Christmas 2015
Let me introduce you to a beautiful, kind-hearted person, my best friend and wife of forty years, Ramona Fausey of Williamsport.
Ramona has ALS. She was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease on April 15, 2015 and it has slowly taken a toll on her. She is confined to a wheelchair and is no longer able to stand on her own, walk or talk. Ramona has no use of her right arm and has trouble holding up her head. She uses an iPhone with “Text to Speech” software to communicate, and although she is right handed makes good use of her left. She cannot give the hugs she used to … nevertheless she tries, but her smile can light up a room and the gleam in her eyes still shows how much she cares about others. And she is truly an inspiration to all of us in the face of this debilitating disease. Please take a few minutes to find out more about Ramona, and how you can help.
Ramona was born and raised in Williamsport, the daughter of a professional Fireman for the City of Williamsport and a sales woman at the Sears downtown. She has six siblings and is 60 years old. Ramona chose to serve the community as a Surgical Technologist (CST) with the Susquehanna Health System. We are members of Saint John’s- Newberry United Methodist Church, Williamsport. We have two grandchildren and a third on the way. I know Ramona will be here to feel the joy of another grandbaby. Since her diagnosis in April 2015 she has gone from walking with a cane, to a walker, to a wheelchair.
Forty years ago she married me while I served in the United States Air Force. We raised four children, two sons, and two daughters. Her faith in God is steadfast and strong, as is her belief in the power of prayer. Ramona is grateful for who she is and although her eyes fill with tears followed by the occasional outburst of a heartfelt cry, she remains firm in her belief there is a way to at least slow, stop or even reverse the effect of this incapacitating disease.
So, here is the need … I know you can help!
The progress of Ramona’s ALS can be slowed significantly, or halted, perhaps even reversed through stem cell therapy treatments. The treatments are expensive, but not unobtainable. However, the need for treatment is urgent and vital. Stem Cell therapy research has shown great promise as well as successful results in dealing with ALS. Unfortunately, a cure is still beyond our reach. Ramona’s family and friends have established the “Rally for Ramona Campaign” and are raising money for her Stem Cell therapy treatments.
Ramona doesn’t fear death, but believes God never gives you more than you can handle, but rather helps you handle what you’ve been given. It’s just that living is more important. There are still obstacles to overcome, challenges to accomplish, love to share and milestones in life to experience.
As you may know ALS severely hampers quality of life.
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