Young Professional Fighting Breast Cancer, Michiganders Throw Benefit

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Former Michigan resident (and current Arizona resident), Karen George, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer two years ago, shortly before her 30th birthday. Friends and family in Michigan have organized a benefit, scheduled for 7PM on November 2, to help Karen with mounting medical bills and medication costs.

Karen O George Medical Fund

On May 19th of 2001, Karen Blodgett of Sterling Heights, MI married and became Karen George. On June 1st, 2001, Karen and her new husband Michael moved to Arizona and began working as Arizona mortagage brokers.

In April of 2004, Karen discovered a lump in her breast. She was only 29 years old at the time. Her doctor did not order a mammogram or ultrasound and he simply told Karen that she was "too young" to have breast cancer. She was misinformed and diagnosed with a "benign cyst"; she was told she had nothing to worry about.

The following year, in April of 2005, and just before her 30th birthday, Karen felt sharp pains in her breast, near her "benign" lump. She went back to her doctor and this time she was told that she had Stage IV breast cancer-- incurable and considered terminal. Well over a hundred tumors had invaded Karen's body. Her lymph nodes, lungs, ribs, and pelvis all had cancerous lesions. Later, nine tumors were found in Karen's brain as well.

Karen has never smoked, had never drank more than "socially and infrequently" and exercised regularly. She had never taken birth control pills and does not have cancer in her family. Doctors had no explanation for the massive invasion of cancer she had experienced.

Remarkably, Karen has fought this disease with a dogged determination to survive. Chemotherapy and radiation almost completely eradicated the cancer in her body, much to the amazement and delight of her doctors.

Regardless of her remarkable triumph over breast cancer, Michael and Karen George are buried in medical bills. She has already reached her "lifetime allowable benefit for chemotherapy" from her insurance company, and the young couple currently owe the Mayo Clinic over $200,000.

However, Karen's mother-in-law, Rosemary George, has organized a benefit to help put a dent in Karen's bills.

On Friday, November 2nd, there will be a benefit in Karen's honor at the Troy Elks Club, located at 1451 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy, MI. Doors open at 7:00PM.

Admission is $25, which includes pizza, salad and appetizers. There will be a DJ, dancing and karaoke for everyone's entertainment. To help raise additional funds, there will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a bake sale. Local merchants have donated almost everything needed, so 100% of all funds raised will go directly to Karen for her medical expenses.

Everyone is invited and all are welcome. Although Karen is currently undergoing treatment, she will fly in for the benefit so that she can personally thank everyone for attending.

For those that wish to contribute, but are unable to attend the benefit, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo bank. Donations can be made at any Bank of America in AZ made payable to the "Karen O George Medical Fund" or checks can be mailed to:

Bank of America
13008 N Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Karen maintains a breast cancer blog at

If interested in using Karen or Michael for mortgage services, they are licensed in Arizona, California, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Iowa. Karen can be reached at (877) 551-8188, ext. 83.


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