On May 8, 2014, we received a message, on our Facebook; (https://www.facebook.com/drparvincarter). Rachel Thibeault , one of our “Fans” asked to help posting her fund raiser site at : http://www.gofundme.com/Last-wish-for-Nana
This was what Rachel asked her community for help:
“Cynthia Hagan mother of 5 Nana to 9.In 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2012 it returned and it had Metastasis into her sternum and around her heart. Over the last 2 years she has done chemo, radiation, and surgery but it has not helped. It has now spread to her brain. Her doctors recently told her there is nothing more they can do. She also lost her mother and brother this last year. She also lost her home in the Clover fire in Sept. Saying this has been a tough year is an understatement. Still she has stayed hopeful. Her wish is to take her family on vacation. She wants a vacation so she can see everyone smiling and having fun!! Raising 5 kids didn’t leave much money and she has never been able to take her family on vacation. Can you please help bring a last wish to life for an amazing Nana and mom? We would be so appreciative and eternally grateful to you to know she got her last wish and to see her happy! You are making a wish come true for a very special person!!!!! Thank You all so much for taking your time to read her story please share!!!!!”
We sent two of our employees to visit with this Redding mother and take pictures of her and family.
We then posted the story Rachel wrote (above), and added: the following in our Facebook:
Help This Mother’s Last Wish to Come True :
Can you please help bring a last wish to life for an amazing Nana and mother? We are asking your donation. If she meets her goal, we will choose one of the donors to get life time (as long as we are in business) free dental whitening at Dr. Parvin Carter, DDS, MAGD. Here is where you could make the donation: http://www.gofundme.com/Last-wish-for-Nana.
The following weekend I went, along with my mother and my husband, to visit Cynthia at her home and invited Cynthia and her son Nick to go to dinner with us at Olive Garden.
Cynthia ate very little, she said she mostly drank protein shakes for food, when she could afford it.
She told us of her life story, how she had to clean houses to raise her five children and never afforded to go to any vacation. She was so kind and caring. She talked about all her children and grandchildren. She talked about hardship that had happened to her and family yet she showed so much love and pride for how she stood behind her children.
She was so thankful and happy about the caring nature of our community. So many people had sent their prayers and donations.
We took the following picture before leaving Olive Garden. The posted on our Facebook:
“Few days ago I requested your help to make the last wish of this Redding’s Mother to come true. Over 12000 residents of Redding read and shared our announcement and are already praying for her. Many of you send messages that you are willing to donate a gift for a fund raising auctions we decided to have a fund raising event for her on Wednesday July 9th, 6:30-9:30 Pm. We will announce the location later. All contributing businesses could have a table in the auction. In the meantime please pray for Cindy’s recovery. You could make a donation below:
Thank you and god bless you.
We then found an event organizer who volunteered to do the July 9th dinner and Auction. Several businesses volunteered to help and be present on July 9th event.
We expressed our appreciations to all these kindness of our community by posting the following on our Facebook:
Unfortunately, On June 25, I received a telephone call from Rachel, Cyndy’s daughter, that Cynthia died on June 24th. E posted the following on our Facebook on June 25:
“We Regret announcing the passing of Cynthia Hagen, of Redding. Cynthia
was diagnosed with cancer. She also lost her mother and brother last year, along with her home in the Clover fire. Her wish was to take her family on a dream vacation to Disneyland. On May 8th, I request your help to make her last wish to come true. Over 23000 of you read and shared our announcement. You made donation of funds and prayers. I would like to thank you . God bless you all.
Here is the message her daughter Rachel sent me on June 27th:
“Our family would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers, donations, and love. On June 24th our mother no longer had to fight she was at peace with her children by her side. She felt so blessed to have so many people care and show such compassion. She has never wanted anyone to be sad but remember the good times and smile therefore we will be celebrating her life that’s what she wanted. Please see:
On June 28, the celebration of the life of Cynthia Hagen was held with family and friends at Caldwell Park:
I wanted to go to her celebration of life very badly. I lost my 22 year old daughter who was killed by a drunk driver many years ago. Since then, I lost my ability to deal with any loss. I just could not be there.
This morning, June 29, I called Rachel, asked her how Cynthia’s Life Celebration went. She referred me to the following Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/523993221061570/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular&fref=nf
When I saw the picture of flying balloons, I was reminded of the following poem from Rumi:
My soul wants to fly away
When your presence call it so sweetly.
My soul wants to take flight,
When you whisper, Arise
A fish wants to dive
From dry land into the ocean,
When it hears the drum beating ,Return
In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 500 patients with Invisalign. Please see www.drparvincarter.com
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