A local woman is asking for donations to pay for her own burial expenses. Chalise Scholl, used her own life insurance policy to bury her mother two-years-ago.
The Peoria woman with stage-four cervical cancer is now trying to ensure her family isn’t left with a financial burden.
Burial costs are expensive. The National Association of Funeral Directors says in 2012, it cost over $7,000 for a funeral.
It exceeds $10,000 when you add in cemetery costs and that was seven years ago.
Scholl made sure those expenses were covered when her mother died, not knowing in two years, she’d be diagnosed with cancer.
“Even if I am dying, and I have six months…I still have six months left to live, so live it,” said Scholl. “Don’t use it dying.”
It’s this mentality of purpose, will and strength that’s keeping Chalise Scholl looking to the future even with a grim prognosis.
“You can give me a number and say I’ve got six months or less to live, or whatever the doctors want to say, but I don’t believe it inside of me and in my heart and in just the way I feel, I feel like I got much longer than six months to live.”
The 37-year-old is diagnosed with stage-four cervical cancer. After her third round of chemo didn’t stop the cancer from spreading, she decided to end treatments.
She used her own life insurance money to pay for her mom’s arrangements two years ago. That selfless act is sending a message of charity.
“I’m glad I’m touching people,” said Scholl. “I’m glad it’s inspiring people and it’s actually moving people, but like I said, I never thought it would be this big.”
With over $20,000 in donations from GoFundMe and other fundraisers like bracelet sales, Scholl’s been able to pay everything in full, except her headstone.
With the leftover money, she hopes to make a positive impact in other cancer patients’ lives.
Scholl has decided to transition into hospice care.
She plans on moving to LaSalle County so her aunt can take care of her.
You can purchase “Krazii Strong” bracelets, which take after her nickname.
The GoFundMe page is still taking donations.
The Mayo-Clinic says early-stage cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include:
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause
- Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor
- Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse
Cervical cancer that is detected early is more likely to be treated successfully, said the Mayo-Clinic. Most guidelines suggest that women begin screening for cervical cancer and precancerous changes at age 21.
Screening tests include:
- Pap test. During a Pap test, your doctor scrapes and brushes cells from your cervix, which are then examined in a lab for abnormalities.A Pap test can detect abnormal cells in the cervix, including cancer cells and cells that show changes that increase the risk of cervical cancer.
- HPV DNA test. The HPV DNA test involves testing cells collected from the cervix for infection with any of the types of HPV that are most likely to lead to cervical cancer. This test may be an option for women age 30 and older, or for younger women with an abnormal Pap test.