As the Poeta Family suffers the worst loss imaginable, they need the support of this wonderful, and large, community more than ever. Poeta Strong will continue to try to anticipate the needs of our dear friends and help them in any way possible.
Right now they need us to offer our love and prayers.
They also need our financial help. The expenses of the past year are great. We can ease this burden somewhat. Benefits are being held to offer assistance over the next few months. Please attend as many as you can. These are opportunities to join together and celebrate Nina's life and this wonderful family, while removing some of the added stress of these large expenses.
Next Friday, the 21st, A Benefit Dinner will be held at La Bella Vista at the Ponte Club. Individual tickets, as well as full tables of 10, are available. This will be a very special night for friends and family to gather. Please send a message here on gofundme or email@example.com for tickets. Many of you know my phone number!! Call me.
Thank you all for continuing on this journey with The Poeta Family and for being there for them throughout the past year. WE ARE POETA STRONG!!
It is with broken hearts that we share the news of Nina's passing. Nina was at home surrounded by her mom and dad and her sister, Cara. It was a calm and peaceful moment at 11pm on November 1st, All Saints 'Day. The Poeta family would like to thank you for your love and support during Nina's difficult journey. Their angel is now with the other angels in heaven.
Nina is home from the hospital. She is being cared for by Mom and Dad and Cara. A nurse is with the family, too.
A beautiful event took place at Nina's home Sunday when the Daughters of Charity, a group of sisters from Mother Teresa's Order, came to pray with her. A crowd of friends and family, close to 200 strong, surrounded the outside of the house and prayed while the sisters prayed inside.
Today is a another very special day for Nina. First Selectman, Kurt Miller, has proclaimed it , "Nina Poeta Day" in the town of Seymour, CT. He encourages Seymour residents to, "recognize Nina's strength and courage and to wear pink and grey as a symbol of their support of her fight."
I would like to extend this to all of Nina's supporters throughout the world. Please say an extra prayer for Nina today and wear pink and gray. Also, please share Nina's story with your friends and neighbors. Today, Nina Poeta Day,would be the perfect day to meet our goal of raising 100,000 dollars to help the family during this grave time.
Thank you all for your continued love, prayers, and support. The Poeta Family is remaining strong because of this amazing rally from around the country and beyond.
Thank you so much for all your support for Nina, John, Dorie and Cara. The outpouring of love, prayers and donations is amazing! The fund is looking fantastic, over 87,000 dollars! Yet, with both parents out of work and all the added expenses the family is facing, the money is going out steadily. The latest expenses include a handicap bathtub, rental of a wheelchair accessible van, and a computerized communication board. In order to keep up with the expenses, Poeta Strong would like to organize a major fundraiser. A Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 29th has been proposed.There are many other fundraisers coming up, including the Seymour High School Boys' soccer game on 10/10 and the SHS Girls' soccer game on 10/14, a Motorcycle Ride is planned for the 11th, ongoing shirt sales, and more. With all these events going on, we need as many volunteers as possible. If you are available for planning the Dance, please consider the following areas... Silent Auction, Ticket sales, Decorations, Publicity, Food, Printing, Venue, Sponsorship...For more information please visit www.facebook.com/PoetaStrong
Many of you may not know Nina had to be admitted today at Smilow. Her oxygen level is low and she may be dehydrated. Of course she does not take this time to slack off. She had her new computerized communication board brought to the hospital this afternoon and hopefully will be saying, "I love you" to mom and dad and Cara tonight. Thank you again for your continued support. God Bless You! #ninastrong
Right now Nina should be starting her senior year at Seymour High School and cheering for the football team as they begin their season. Though this is a very difficult time, Nina is not letting this break her spirit! She was determined to participate and made it to the home opener on Thursday night! With the help of Seymour EMS, the Seymour High School administration, the Board of Education and her Cheer Family, Nina was present on the field for this special game. The community came out in their Ninastrong T-shirts. Even fans of the opposing team, the Amity Spartans, showed their support by buying T-shirts and making donations.
In order for Nina to go to more games and on other outings, the family is going to rent a wheelchair accessible van. This is possible because of the amazing support you have all shown on this site. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
A Community Prayer Gathering is planned for Nina on August 16th at 4:30pm at Saint Augustine’s Church, 35 Washington Ave, Seymour. A mass for Nina will be followed by prayers and refreshments. Cards will be available to send Nina in the hospital. Please join Poeta Strong and the community for this special event. Call 203-415-4387 for more information or visit:
Many people every day ask for an update on Nina.
She is working very hard throughout each day on physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Her doctors are looking into specialized inpatient settings where she can be even more aggressive with her therapy while getting the treatment she needs. She is receiving chemotherapy every two weeks and remains as sweet as ever. She shows such gratitude to her Mom & Dad even when she is feeling pretty bad.
As Nina continues to battle courageously, the community is rallying around her to offer prayers and support. The family is homebound caring for Nina, so dinners are being delivered to their home, errands are being taken care of and donations are being made to help with expenses. Over the weekend a very special event was held in Nina's honor and the family would like me to thank all the supporters of the Picnic and Silent Auction to Benefit Nina!! With the help of the individuals and businesses who donated Auction Items and everyone who attended, Poeta Strong raised NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS to help Nina and her family. Unfortunately, Nina was not well enough to attend this wonderful event, but the texts, pictures, and phone calls to the family from the picnic really brightened the family's day. When Nina heard how many people came to support her and how successful the Silent Auction was, she was beaming!! The Tarby family generously offered their venue, Colonial Tavern, at no charge and provided a wonderful day filled with food and music. The SHS Fathers' Club was on hand all day to help make sure everything went smoothly; Peggy Esposito coordinated a fantastic Silent Auction; and Poeta Strong volunteers pulled the whole event together beautifully. Mike Lynch graciously led the group in prayer for Nina.
On the horizon: Poeta Strong would like to plan an evening of prayer, a chance for the community to come together and offer prayers for Nina's return to health. Please watch Poeta Strong's facebook page for details. https://www.facebook.com/PoetaStrong
The past eight months have been quite challenging for Nina and her family. She has undergone radiation, two very delicate surgical procedures, and is currently receiving a second round of chemotherapy. At this time, Nina is struggling with several neurological complications. She is having vision problems and reduced use of her left side.
The community’s love and support has been and continues to be a blessing to the Poeta family and we would love to have the community's presence at an upcoming major event for Nina.
A special day is planned for Nina and her family on July 26th. Poeta Strong and Colonial Tavern in Oxford are hosting a Picnic and Silent Auction. We are hoping to have a great turnout to show Nina that she is not alone in this fight. This will be a great way to spend time with the Poeta's and show your love and support. Tickets are available at Peachwave in Oxford & Special Discount Liquor, Phoenix Yoga & Wellness Center and Peak Fitness, all in Seymour. Visit the Picnic facebook page or call Elizabeth Pisano at 203-415-4387 for more information or to donate a prize for the auction. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Picnic-and-Silent-Auction-to-Benefit-The-Poeta-Family-July-26-2014-at-Noon/589003491215135?focus_composer=true&ref_type=bookmark
Please keep Nina in your prayers during this difficult battle. It has been very tough for her in the past month. The treatment she had was quite invasive and she is still having complications. She is struggling with weakness on her left side and some visual problems.
Thankfully, Nina and her family were able to take a trip to Italy granted by the Make a Wish Foundation. A pink wheelchair kept Nina on the move during this amazing vacation (a purchase made possible from the generosity of the supporters of The Poeta Family Fund). Another way the donations have helped in this fight include the countless expensive trips to Boston and New York for treatment. Thank You All!!
Nina will be starting a second course of chemotherapy next week. She will start at Memorial Sloane Kettering and continue at Yale. It will be much easier on the family to go to New Haven for the treatments.
A special day is planned for Nina and her family on July 26th. Poeta Strong and Colonial Tavern in Oxford are hosting a Picnic and Silent Auction. This will be a great way to spend time with the Poeta's and help with their expenses. Tickets are available at Peachwave in Oxford & Special Discount Liquor and Peak Fitness, both in Seymour. Visit the facebook page for more information...
Nina has been accepted into the study at Memorial Sloan Kettering! She will be admitted on Thursday morning to undergo a very delicate procedure that offers great promise! To show your support for Nina and let her know she is in your thoughts and prayers, please wear you NinaStrong T-Shirt on Thursday, April 24th. The Poeta Family is maintaining faith and strength because of all the wonderful supporters in the community and beyond. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!
Nina has taken another important step in her journey to health this week. She and her family met with a medical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering to discuss a new and promising treatment they offer. The doctors agree Nina is a "perfect candidate," for the treatment and want to begin right away.
The hospital is working on getting approval to add Nina to their program.
Here in CT, a Community Day of Prayer for Nina has been organized to take place today, March 23rd. Several churches in the Valley will be offering healing masses for Nina and many others have added her to their prayer lists.
Please join your friends and neighbors in prayer for Nina today.
The update we have all been waiting for...Nina's results are in from last week's MRI and it's good news. The chemotherapy and radiation treatment has helped decrease the size of the tumor! All of your prayers and positive thoughts are working!!
The next step on Nina's Journey to Health is Sloan Kettering, where she will receive a new and promising treatment.
The Poeta Family would like to thank you all for your love, prayers and support during this journey. They appreciate so much that you continue to stand beside Nina as she bravely fights this battle.
Nina finished her chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the end of January. She has bounced back from the side effects and has carried herself with courage and grace. The past month included Cheer Competitions, schoolwork and the typical activities of a teen. Currently, Nina is preparing for her Junior Prom and bought an amazing gown last month.
Today Nina will be at Smilow to get an MRI. This will show how much progress has been made by her treatment. Please continue to keep Nina and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they wait to hear the results.
The community support continues to provide strength and resources for The Poeta Family. The SHS Fathers' Club, Poeta Strong, and The SHS Cheer Spirit Club recently held a Pasta Dinner to bring the community together for the family. On Friday, March 7th, the SHS Volleyball Team will be hosting an Alumni Game to Benefit Nina. For March 23, Poeta Strong has organized a Community Day of Prayer for Nina including several area churches. Help is coming from near and far for Nina. The Watertown High School Cheerleaders have welcomed Poeta Strong to their Ladies Night Out on March 14th to sell NinaStrong T-Shirts!! Thank you WHS Cheerleaders!!!
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/PoetaStrong to keep up with Nina's Journey to Health and all of the upcoming events.
Please visit Poeta Strong on facebook to see how the community is showing its support for Nina and the Poeta Family. Lots of special events are coming up to give Nina, Cara, Dorie and John the strength and resources they need to fight and win this battle. A Pasta Dinner on February 27th from 5-8pm at the Seymour Middle School will give family, friends and neighbors an opportunity to join together in a show of love and friendship for the Poetas. Tickets are 10.00 for adults and 5.00 for kids under 12. In addition to a pasta dinner, the evening will include a Venetian Dessert Table and lots of Raffles. Prizes are needed. If you would like to donate something or for more information, please contact me here on gofundme or on the facebook page. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for The Poeta Family.
Over the past 2 months, so much has changed for Nina and the Poeta Family. Nina has been receiving radiation treatments 5 days a week and Chemotherapy every 2 weeks. She is counting down the days of radiation. Only 5 more to go!! She has been so brave and positive throughout this time. Nina has even continued to cheer!!! Mom & Dad have learned so much in this short time and continue to research possible treatments taking place all over the world. Cara is staying strong for her sister and is juggling school and family time quite well.
The most promising study recommended so far is at Sloan Kettering in NY. Doctors are reviewing Nina's case to see if she is a good candidate for their protocol. In addition to all the medical treatment and research happening to help Nina on her journey, an unexpected phenomenon has taken place in our small community. The outpouring of love, prayers and financial support has been and continues to be amazing. Since the fundraiser at Molto Bene which raised over $12,000, local shops have raised money for The Poeta Family, "A Day of Healing" took place at Pheonix Yoga & Wellness Center and The Boys and Girls Club is hosting a Day for Nina. The Boot Drive, organized by the Seymour Police, Firefighters & EMS, raised $12,000!!! The Cheer community has been a tremendous support, too, providing dinners to the family while they are so busy and distracted because of this battle.
The University of St. Joseph Soccer and Basketball teams hosted a fundraiser; Nina's good friend Taylor designed a Nina Strong T-Shirt with her and has sold hundreds at various events to benefit the family. Nina Strong bracelets are being sold by friends Lauren and Erica. These are just some of the positive events since November.
Thank you all for your continued support. Please keep Nina and her family in your prayers.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/PoetaStrong to keep up with Nina's progress and upcoming events.
After two very long weeks of tests and waiting for results, Nina is beginning her treatment. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers today.
The Poeta family has asked me to relay a message to all the people who have been so generous with their love, prayers, and donations:
TO OUR WONDERFUL COMMUNITY
In times of trouble, some people run.
They run far away from the pain of it all.
But when this community learned of our trouble,
You ran alright -- straight at us,
Arms wide open, grabbed us and knocked us over with the biggest bear hug ever!
You sat with us -- panicked,
Cried with us -- heartbroken,
Prayed with us -- faithful,
And now fight with us -- determined!
We can never express the comfort this has given us!
We can never express our gratitude or repay you for all the acts of love shown us,
But know that God will grace you!
Thank you a million times over!
We love you all!
Please keep praying for our precious Nina.
Tonight is a special night in the Valley. The community will have a chance to get together to show support for Nina. A special event was planned by Smoke in the Valley. It will be held at Molto Bene Restaurant on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia from 7-10. The band Shameless will provide entertainment.
What makes this event really special is that Nina has asked to share the night with Tiffany Nieves, another teen from the Valley, facing a battle with cancer. Please join us to honor these two courageous young ladies.
It's been a tough week for Nina and her family. A biopsy was performed Tuesday at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The findings will help the oncology team decide which medicine will be the most effective.
Nina was very brave throughout this painful process. The family will need to travel to other hospitals around the country and all of your donations and prayers will help them on these trips. The Poeta Family is so grateful for all the continued support.
Nina's journey has begun. She will have a lot of tests coming up to determine the very best treatment plan available in the United States. A panel of specialists from all over the country reviewed Nina's case and are advising the Poeta Family on how to proceed. Please keep them in your prayers.
We reached our goal of 25,000 dollars in half a day. I would love to keep this going and make this journey a little less painful for the Poeta Family. Please continue to spread Nina's story to all your friends, neighbors and coworkers. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Sixteen year old Nina Poeta is a cheerleader for Seymour High
School and a talented gymnast and was having trouble with headaches while
performing her routines. On Tuesday,
November 19, 2013, she received an MRI of her brain because of these headaches. The
next day her family was told to bring Nina to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New
Haven Hospital where she was diagnosed with a mass on her brain. They were told
the cancerous tumor Is located in her brain stem and can't be surgically
removed. Nina was immediately fitted for a radiation mask and will begin
radiation therapy on Monday, November 25th. She will be treated with radiation five days
a week for a total of 30 visits at Smilow. The oncology team hopes this will
shrink the tumor. This is not a cure and the mass may grow larger at any point
in the future. Chemotherapy may be required, as well, depending on the outcome
of the radiation.
This will be a very hard fight and so many people have asked how
they can help! We are organizing this site with hopes of helping raise money
for the Poeta family during this extremely difficult time. They will be looking
at time away from work, medical bills and challenges still unknown. Thank you
for your prayers, support and most of all love during this battle.
Dorie, John, Cara and, of course, precious Nina, will need as many thoughts,
prayers and support as possible. We will fight hard, we will offer support, and
we will be there to help Nina win this fight!
Please find it in your heart to donate and spread the word to as
many people as possible (email this out please!!). Cancer has affected
all of us in one way or another and we need to pull together and support this special
family and their beautiful 16 year old daughter on her road to recovery. I
appreciate that you have taken the time to read their story and even if a
monetary donation is not possible please say a prayer for Nina and the Poeta family.
I know it's not much!! I wish I could do so much more for you all!! You are beautiful people! And have been so nice to my Izzy! We have Nina on our minds everyday!and in our hearts! My izzy wears her buttons of Nina to every game ! And on her school backpack ! I know she's watching over my izzy and all of you! Any help with any thing!! We would be happy to be there ! I wish I could of done more for Nina ! And I said as soon as I am back to work I would donate! God bless you all!!!!
I helped sell PartyLite in late 2014 to generate donations. Though we officially closed the donation party, I am including my commission from my January parties to be able to give a little more. God bless.
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