Please Help Support This Family with Prayers and Best Wishes

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Isn't it funny how our lives are sometimes intertwined with others.  As some of you know during the course of our progression to our current address we spent some years in Greenwood Lake NY.  Nicole was in a Brownie Troop there and one of the mothers of another Brownie Scout was Barbara VanderMeulen. One day, long after we moved away, I met Barbara again in a CE course at our local Board of Realtors.  She had been an assistant for a real estate broker for years and had finally taken the plunge into the "agent pool".  I have seen her occasionally at classes since then.   Barbara is a member of Active Rain but has not posted much.  

Barbara VanderMuelen

Yesterday I received an evite for a fundraiser for Barbara's son, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.  The evite is reprinted with permission from Barbara below. I had no idea her son was going through this.  I am asking our AR family to pray for Joe and the whole VanderMuelen family as they go through this.  Barbara says she truly believes that the power of prayer got them through this the first time and has faith it will get them through it again.  Please join me in by adding Joe and his family to your prayers and /or sending support through an email to Barbara.  The link highlighted under her name above will take you to her profile and you can email her from there if you want.  

Greenwood Lake Fundraiser for Joe VanderMuelen

Joe VanderMuelen

Joe VanderMuelen,the son of Barbara and Phil VanderMuelen, was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was 15 years old. He has gone through many surgeries and years of different forms of chemo therapy. In March of this year, it returned to his leg again, and at that point, the Doctors had to amputate. Since then the cancer has moved to Joe's lungs (seven tumors). We are currently receiving treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia. We have a deep faith that God will get us through this once again. Joe is 19 and looking forward to returning to college and getting back to work. As he has said to me many times, "we just have to go through this again, cancer is not going to beat him."

Thank You in advance for your generosity,
Barbara and Phil VanderMuelen and Family

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
September 28th
3PM to 7PM

$15 per person
(Kids under 6 are free)
Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The American Legion
Arthur Finnegan Post 1443
Lakes Road
Greenwood Lake, NY  10925

Music, Soda, Cash Bar, Raffles, 50/50

Donations can be sent to:
229 Route 32
Central Valley, NY  10917

For further Info or Questions
Please Contact
Jean Colville
(845) 986-0581

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PJ Belle
Long and Foster - Moneta, VA

He's in our prayers!

Sep 13, 2008 11:58 PM #1
Rich Ferretti
Rich Ferretti Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
ABR QSC Realtor/Broker, Charlotte NC Real Estate a

In our thoughts and prayers


Charlotte NC

Sep 14, 2008 12:10 AM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It's great when communities pull together to help those in need. What a horrible disease for a young man to have to fight, and the treatments are indeed expensive. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Sep 14, 2008 12:39 AM #3
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Thank you PJ, Rich, and Richard Barbara was in contact and thanked me for getting this out there.  Prayer is powerful and any contributions anyone would want to give would be great.

Sep 14, 2008 01:57 AM #4
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Paddy, I will add Joe to my prayers for a successful treatment. This is a very tough situation.

Sep 14, 2008 02:37 AM #5
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Thanks Gary every prayer helps.

Sep 14, 2008 02:56 AM #6
Bubba Fife
Complete Property Maintenance - Nashville, TN

I will keep them in my prayers Paddy...

Sep 14, 2008 05:25 AM #7
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Paddy,

Thanks for taking the time to post. Joe and his family are in our prayers.

Sep 14, 2008 11:24 AM #8
Becky Cook
EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY - Highland, NY
Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate

Paddy,  I will keep Barbara, Joe and the rest of their family in my prayers.

Sep 14, 2008 02:01 PM #9
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Thank you Hal and Becky.  I know the prayers are appreciated. 

Sep 14, 2008 09:55 PM #10
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Good morning Paddy, I will keep them in my prayers, Thank you for sharing this. I'm so sorry they are going through this horrible ordeal. Enjoy your day. Love, C.

Sep 14, 2008 10:07 PM #11
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Hi Carolyn.  You have friends in GWL don't you?  The dinner for Joe is in two weeks maybe they might want to go?  Have a good day too.

Sep 14, 2008 11:28 PM #12
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