SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Community support is needed to help a South Plainfield family that has recently fallen on hard times due to illness and job loss.

Back in December, lifelong resident and former Future Stars teacher Lisa Eggert, who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for the past 10 years, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. She immediately began chemotherapy, her doctors visits, tests, and prescriptions covered 100-percent by her husband Bobby’s health insurance.

However, earlier this month, Bobby was let go from his job as a commercial truck driver  and while Lisa is covered under COBRA, the plan is costly. In just a short time, the medical expenses associated with Lisa’s cancer treatments, along with a monthly prescription to manage the MS that she cannot be without, have been pilling up. With no money coming in to offset the bills, the Eggerts are finding it hard to make ends meet.

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“Everyone who knows Lisa knows that she is a proud and private person who would not normally ask for help, but Lisa and Bobby need our help” Renee Eggert, Lisa’s cousin and sister-in-law by marriage, told TAPinto South Plainfield.

To date, both the Middle School Cancer Awareness Club and the South Plainfield-based Pink SOCS Foundation – Sisters of Cancer Survivors, have stepped in to help. The middle school club donated $200, which the Eggerts used to pay their PSEG bill, and the family-run non-profit Pink SOCS donated $2,000 toward a mortgage payment.

Renee, an employee with South Plainfield Schools, is hoping to organize other fundraising initiatives to raise money for Lisa and her family.

“Lisa grew up here, went to school here. She is such an awesome person who has done so much for the community and helped a lot of families. Now she needs our help,” said Renee, adding, “The family needs money, while Bobby is not working, to pay for medication, food, and bills. These are things she shouldn't be worrying about right now. She should be fighting. She should be kicking cancer’s ass.”

On Jan. 29, a member of the Eggert family started a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/fm57v-family-in-need-of-money), however, immediate monetary donations as well as gift cards are also needed. Anyone looking to help, can call Renee directly at (908) 917-9967 or email EdEggert@yahoo.com.

“If you can’t afford to donate, please pray for Lisa and her family because we believe in the power of prayer,” said Renee. 

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