Hey Everyone! Just wanted to send out a reminder that Andrea's celebration of life is tomorrow, July 13th from 11am-3pm at Lynndale Park. Let me know if you have any questions. This will be a great celebration of the girl we all loved, as well as a time to lean on others for support as we grieve her loss. You can still make donations to this fund, or bring them in person and give to her family. Hope to see you all there!
Just wanted to send out a special update to the fund on behalf of mine and Andrea's family. Any money that is raised and left over after funeral expenses will be donated to the Virginia Mason Oncology charity program. This is a program that helped Andrea out while she was going through treatment. Andrea would definitely want to help other people who are going through treatment but don't have the funds for it. After my own short 6 month battle with cancer, I was shocked by how much treatment costs. It was almost $200,000 for me and this doesn't take into account people who have multiple battles with the disease, like Andrea did. So please share this page in any way you can. Thank You!
Hey Everyone. As you may have already heard our Andrea passed away earlier this afternoon. We all know how much she touched our lives, and how wonderful she was. There is definitely going to be a hole in our lives that cannot be filled. I have heard from several people (including Andrea!) about how much this fund really helped her. Knowing this brings me some happiness during this sad time. You guys all helped to make this something special for Andrea and she appreciated everyone's contribution deeply. If possible, I would like to keep this fund going to help with the costs of Andrea's funeral, as well as any outstanding bills she may have had. A percentage of each donation goes to the website, but everything else will be given to Andrea's family for these reasons. Feel free to also share any memories you have of Andrea on the page. She was definitely someone who loved life and loved the people in her life.
Just got to speak with Andrea over the Facebook chat the other day and get an update on how she's doing. She had a new port placed last week because her previous one was no longer working. She hasn't gotten chemo through it yet, but will likely have that in a couple weeks. She's at the "nadir" point after an infusion when your counts are the lowest. I remember this from my own experience - you feel yucky! All your recent procedural areas start to ache again, and the new port area has been a point of discomfort. It had to be placed kind of high up on Andrea's neck and so she's dealing with numbness and pain there. Her hair also started to fall out so Andrea is sporting the new bald 'do, and I must say she looks fab-u-lous! There's been some recent medications that she's had to pay for out of pocket, so of course that's been hard, in addition to generally feeling poopy and achy. Please send notes, texts, e-mails, FB messages, etc. if you can to offer support and if you're able to donate at this time, please do! It would be a nice Valentine's Day present for her, for sure!
A new message from Andrea: "I would just like to let everyone know that this up coming week, I will be starting IV Chemotherapy. I am starting my first treatment of the IV treatment on Tuesday. It is a little under four years since I have tried this type of treatment for my Cancer. After years and months of Chemo embolizations procedures and pill form of treatment and the worst was the Targeted therapy. It made me a little corky ( to say the least). My Dr. P and I discussed out of all the treatments that I have done since being diagnosed with Illet Cell Cancer of the Pancreas and then metastasizing to my Liver. What treatments would I be willing to do again. Oh man was that a easy answer for some and more difficult on others. I have had about a little under two months off of treatment. So I guess it is time again. Adam and I are going to get through this, along with our families and close friends. We know it will be tuff and what doesn't break us can only make us stronger. So if for a while I am not being vocal on FaceBook you will know why. I am deciding if I am going to video document this time. Still on the fence about it, so much more is going on in our house hold and really could use your prayer. I love all of you and thank you for all your good thoughts and support. CAUSE WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT. This is it, no more treatment, I can feel it. I prayed and prayed about what to and for some reason the IV treatment was what path I have been guided to.
Thank you and God Bless"
Hello fabulous friends and family of Andrea! As you may be aware... Andrea is about to start yet another type of chemo. This time it will be in the form of an IV medication. I know she's been having a rough go of it, in preparation for what is to come as well as battling a pneumonia/flu illness. She has a doctor's appointment coming up soon to decide the details of the treatment plan. It is wonderful news that we have another form of treatment available to her, but it won't be easy of course. In this time, make sure you send whatever non-monetary support you can to her, knowing that these treatments are difficult and it's not always easy for her to share the day to day details. But it is important for her to know that you are there, even if you don't hear a response, know that it means a lot to her. If you are able, please continue to also donate as well and pass on the word. Bills are of course always an issue, and especially now when a new line of treatment needs to be paid for. As always there are unexpected costs related to treatment that will likely come up in the rest of her life that will need to be paid for. Adding insult to injury, Adam was recently laid off, and that will most definitely have an impact going forward. We all know how amazing and strong Andrea is, and she will no doubt amaze us all once again as she goes through this next chapter.
Hey Everyone! Hope you saw the message recently from Andrea (below). We're close to the half way point of our goal! This fundraiser is a great thing because it's meant to be an ongoing fund while Andrea is going through all her treatment. Just the other day she said she was feeling a little better and heading to the gym! That's always a good sign. But even when she's done with treatment it'll take a little while for her to get her strength and energy back (I know this first hand!). So let's keep that support coming if you can. Really, any amount helps, even just a few bucks! Thank You:)
Hey Everyone! It looks like there's been a lull in donations recently. I wanted to thank everyone for all they've done to get the word out about donations. I can't believe we got to $3,600 so quickly! I'm working on the first withdrawal right now that will be going straight to Andrea soon so she can start paying off some of those bills and reduce some of the stress in her life. She had posted on facebook the other day that she was feeling pretty beat from this last chemo. So let's all send good vibes her way. Hope you all have a good holiday!
Hello everyone! I wanted to draw your attention to some changes on the donation page for Andrea.
First, I decided to increase the goal amount after talking with Andrea and hearing about her financial needs. Initially I had pulled the "$5,000.00" number out of my head as a good start, just knowing what I do about cancer's cost. Ideally I would like to not have any goal amount and have this be an ongoing account for Andrea, but that's not an option with this website.
Second, I've updated her story to include some things I forgot to mention, especially some of her goals for the future. Please check out the improved website and continue to pass on the word and donate when and if you can.
Speaking with Andrea, she is just so appreciative of this outpouring of support. I know it's really helping her have some peace of mind while physically she's been struggling with the third round of chemo.
Andrea just started her third round of treatment and is having a tough time of it. Keep her in your thoughts and message, e-mail, call, write, and/or visit if you can! Thanks for all the donations. It's one less thing she has to worry about!
Just a quick update on how Andrea and the fundraiser is doing. Andrea was able to go to the Pancreatic Gala this last week to celebrate her survival of Pancreatic cancer - she's one of the youngest and longest surviving people in attendance. She looked beautiful in her blue gown!
Unfortunately she recently woke up with a cold but is striving to maintain her positive attitude despite that. Something as small as a cold is made so much worse when added to a chronic condition.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for donating and for passing on the word. It really is amazing what we've accomplished together, so far.
A message straight from Andrea... Thank you everyone for all of your generous donations! Every little bit helps!
"This site was made for me with love and in hopes to help. If everyone reads and shares this. I would so appreciate. So, I would just like to thank everyone that has donated to me and is helping me in this fight. I really am at a loss for words. This site was designed from some amazing women, one that knows what it is to fight the battle herself, Jessica Rohlena Lowery and one that has been basically through Cancer herself because of her ability to be by my side through it all. Lori Rohlena Mcconnell. Thank you again, like I said I am at a loss for words."
Wow! You all are just amazing. On behalf of Andrea and my family. Thank you, all of you. Every little bit helps!!
Welcome! I originally created this page to help Andrea with her expenses as it related to her cancer treatment. The first $4300.00 shown was actually given to Andrea while she was alive, and for that she was very thankful! The remaining goal listed is to help with Andrea's celebration of life ceremony, July 13th from 11am-3pm at Lynndale Park. Anything left over will go to the Virginia Mason Oncology charity fund, which helps cancer patients who can't afford treatment. Andrea was a recipient of this help during her treatment, and it would mean a lot to her to give back.
Here is some background about why I created this page originally, the original text for the page, and what Andrea has gone through:
I have created this page to benefit a wonderful person named Andrea. Andrea is practically part of my family. It has been difficult to watch her go through one obstacle after another in her life & not feel like there was anything my family could do to help.
At 15 she was diagnosed with VonHippel Lindau syndrome, a very rare condition in which she began growing benign tumors on her central nervous system & various organs. She had most of her adrenal glands removed at this time & now has to be on medication daily to stay alive.
In 2001 she developed Pancreatic cancer. She had a WHIPPLE surgery, in which the lower part of her stomach, part of the upper intestine, the head of the pancreas, common bile duct & gall bladder were removed. She followed that up with chemo & kicked cancer's butt! As a result of her surgery, she became diabetic.
In 2009, she developed liver cancer. At the same time she was to start treatment, her beloved fiance passed away. While grieving she had to continue on with treatment, which included more chemo & various surgeries.
In March 2011, at almost 30 years old, after complications due to pneumonia, Andrea went into a coma, had to be intubated and nearly died. She recovered from that but had to be switched to a very aggressive form of chemo, since she was not responding to previous treatments. Before all this started she had been going to school to get her degree in nursing. Unfortunately, it became too difficult to manage school with everything going on and she had to stop.
Amidst all of this, her and Adam began dating. She often talks about how he was very aware of all she was going through when they began dating and chose to stick by her side. It's obvious that he saw what we already know, how amazing she is! :)
With everyone's continued support, she has just had her third round of this treatment. Her side effects seem to be even more terrible this time around and make it difficult to function let alone work.
We all know Andrea has always been independent, strong, resilient, and positive. She picks herself back up after every fight and continues on, because she's strong and brave.
She already has goals set for herself. Once she starts feeling better she would love to go back to school to become a nurse. She'll be a great nurse with all of her experience as a patient!
Her teeth have also been a real problem with all the chemo and radiation she's received over the years. Unfortunately it does a real number on your bones, including your teeth. She's suffered with poor dentition and a lot of pain as a result and would love to have some work done to make them less painful.
So now, as she fights this latest battle, she needs your help because bills have been piling up as she tries to handle this on her own. But no one should ever have to worry about finances as they are fighting for their life.
Update: On June 10th, 2013, shortly after 1pm, Andrea passed away after complications related to cancer and diabetes. She will truly be missed.