Who also happens to be my wife!
My wife Jen started tutoring kids in the summer of 2015 to supplement our income during the summer months. (She was a substitute teacher during the school year). She started seeing a common theme with her students, they were all having a tough time reading. She tried the university taught practices, but they weren't helping. Then she thought outside of the box, and thought maybe this kids were suffering from something not taught in the classroom for teachers, Dyslexia. So she bought a Dyslexia program, and all her kids improved their reading by leaps and bounds in a short amount of time.
By the end of 2015, she knew she wanted to help as many kids (and adults) who fit the Dyslexia profile, but she was just one person. So, she took the leap of faith, rented office space, hired teachers looking for a second income, trained them in the Dyslexia program, and WNY Dyslexia Specialists in just under 3 1/2 years her and her staff tutors close to 50 kids helping them to read, write, and spell with confidence. Kids and adults have seen vast improvements.
In August 2018, she was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The same cancer Jim Kelly had. She had surgery in September to remove a third of her tongue, and 50 lymph nodes from her neck. During her 3 month exam, they found another tumor in her neck. They surgically removed that in April of this year. Last month, they found a 3rd tumor, that is more aggressive than the first two. She is currently undergoing chemo at ECMC with surgery and radiation to follow.
Her staff wanted to put together a benefit for us. It's July 21st, at Ironworkers Banquet Hall on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca. More info about the benefit can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/2324108987683613/. There is also a GoFundMe page for those who live out of the area at http://www.gofundme.com/help-jennifer-lynn-hoffman-heal-her-cancer.
If you all wouldn't mind helping out in some way, either by a donation, attending the benefit, or saying a prayer or sending good juju, we would appreciate it! Thank you.