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My name is Joanna McCray and I grew up in Miami, Florida. I relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in 2003 to be closer to my grandchildren.
June 11, 2019
It was a year ago today that we received that call from Duke. There was a possible donor match. Today we will celebrate the 1-year anniversary. But through the smiles we have, there is another family somewhere who sees this day completely different. Today, their lives changed as well because they lost someone dear to them. So many emotions now, that it is hard to find the words. There is joy, guilty, thankfulness, and a host of others. This has probably been the toughest and roughest challenge of my life. But each smile and conversation my mom gives makes it all worth it. To the many people near and far that have helped us through deed, conversation (email, text, cards, and prayer) and monetarily, I thank you! Without you, I don’t know how we would have come this far.
To my personal family, I thank you for stepping in and at times stepping-up to handle that which I could not. This has been a true team effort. I hope I have given you an idea of what it takes to be a caregiver, and you can plan accordingly. To my Mom, I am PROUD of you for giving it your all and fighting each battle, so that you could consistently move forward. We are all learning from you because this has never happened in our family before. You have dealt with a lot, but you keep moving forward with a smile on your face. To those fighting the rocky road of trying to find a donor for a transplant for any organ, please let this post give you hope and the courage to keep pressing forward and keeping yourself healthy for when your time comes because it will. Finally, to the few who doubted her, and what we are trying to accomplish…well you know. I’ll just let her pictures speak to you. To all, remember success is a destiny. Keep your eyes on it and walk towards it, no matter what.
January 17, 2019
Will start back our fundraising efforts. We are currently going through the first flu season and trying to manage accordingly. Thank you all>
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November 28, 2018
May God continue to bless and strengthen you on your journey.
August 1, 2018
Hi Joanna, This is a small gift, but I hope it is a blessing to you. I miss you and can't wait to see you again. Ciji
Ciji Tolbert Ciji Tolbert
July 31, 2018
Very happy to contribute, wishing Mrs. McCray a speedy recovery and many blessing upon her and Dwayne. (Golf)
June 19, 2018
Donation is for Joanna McCray