Update- As many of you know, Mary lost her courageous battle with AML on August 8, 2017.  As we continue to do our best to support those closest to Mary, we are accepting donations for the family to help them overcome financial challenges during this difficult time.  


Many of us have been affected by cancer, whether it be personally or by watching family or friends fight bravely towards health and a return to a “normal” life. Many of us know the devastating effects that the disease has, not only physically and emotionally, but financially adding to the fear, stress, and anxiety that many suffer during their battle against cancer.  On May 16th, 2015, at the age of 44, Mary was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). 

Mary is a mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and a giver. Mary has lived her life giving to others, whether it be caring for her four children, caring for her parents and siblings, or caring for her patients as a registered nurse. We are calling on you now to help us care for and give to Mary.

After Mary was diagnosed with AML she entered University of Pennsylvania Hospital and underwent intensive chemotherapy treatment; Mary was in the hospital for close to two months. This time away from children and family would be devastating for any mother, however as any mother that cares for children with special needs would understand, this time away was incredibly difficult. Mary tirelessly cares for all of her children, Elizabeth, John, Luke, and Patrick, but Luke and Patrick especially rely on Mary’s love and care. Mary, as she has always done in life, has handled this incredibly difficult time for her and her family with grace and love; always thinking of her children first and worrying for their well-being before even considering her own.

Mary not only supports her family with love and care, but she also supports them financially. Mary is the primary financial support for her family and this time away at the hospital, and as she continues to receive outpatient chemo therapy, is a significant financial burden for her. This, unfortunately, is stress that many who have undergone treatment understand too well.

Mary would never ask for this help, we are asking for her now. Mary’s family and friends are seeking your help in helping Mary focus on getting well, getting back to her children, and getting back to a life without cancer.  

Straub Family Fund