Abrielle's Fight Fund

$1,925 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 43 months
Carrie Skid Rock Tripsansky-Summers  NOVI, MI
I am writing this in the hopes that many will take the time to share this story and we can make a difference in our own backyard with one on my friends and her family. A derby sister and her ref husband, Tammy and Dougie Fountaine, (otherwise known in the derby community as (Slammy Con Paine and Acid Bath) lives were turned upside down on Friday, August 2nd 2013. In the finishing stages of planning a huge party to celebrate the birthdays of 2 of their 4 children's the next day. Abrielle, 5 and Autumn, 12 were to celebrate with their other siblings Ashton, 7 and Keaton, 4 with a big end of the summer family and friend event complete with a dunk tank and bonfire. I remember Tammy talking excitedly at practice about a special cake she was planning to make. All this was cut short as Abby or Abbers as she is affectionately called by her family came down with flu like symptoms that just were not easing up. Eventually she was rushed to the hospital and her body was shutting down fast and went into shock. It was touch and go that first terrifying night and they found a tumor on her liver and started running grueling tests and I will spare you all from the agony of even trying to relive what must and has been a living nightmare to come to the point of, well.....Abby... has... CANCER! This little sweet innocent 5 year old girl has Wilm's Tumor, a type of kidney cancer. They have started chemotherapy and she has lost her hair. How do you tell your 5 year old girl that she is going to lose all her golden long hair, how do you even explain that to someone so young? I remember when Tammy had this to say in one of her updates, after her daughter had been on a ventilator and tubes for a week... "Don't take for granted all your little one's voices and beautiful eyes and funny sayings because a week is WAY too long to not hear or see those." This one struck me, but of course every one of her postings has, because as a parent we cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through and all they are facing. This family has such a LONG struggle ahead of them. They run their own business that is fairly new and Tammy has really not left Abby's side so family is helping with the other children as Dougie must return to the family business to keep things going on that end. Many are helping with meals and such. This is a very strong and loving family and they will get through this but many others have thought and asked, "what can we do?" Well, I couldn't think of a more deserving family who could use help financially. The impact of something like this is life-altering on so many levels and if we can ease just a bit the financial impact, well then maybe they can get a little more rest, or spend a little more time together as a family and that is PRICELESS. I know, we all have our own expenses and things to worry about, but I must ask. PLEASE take a moment to think...this could be your child...this could be your nightmare. Please donate anything and everything that you can and let's help make Abby's recovery a little easier. She turns 6 on August 29th and I can't think of any better way to wish her a Happy Birthday!
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Posted by Carrie Summers
40 months ago
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If you can imagine as we are all ramping up to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season with our loved ones, that other families, like the Fountaines are having to deal with the ugly word....CANCER.
On Friday, November 22nd, Abby had extensive surgery in which they removed her kidney and tumors. Here was the update from her Mom, Tammy, "She is out....I haven't got to see her yet but the surgeon came up and just talked to us. She did wonderful. They got all the tumors and the tumors in the vein they sent off to pathologist and they said that there was no viable tumors which means the chemo is working ! They are leaving the ventilator in tonight because it is so late. They said she probably won't be able to eat for 2-4 days. She has a few drain tubes, foley and some different IV tubes coming out of her.
She will have a few rough days of pain from the incision. I can't thank you all enough for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We love you all. We will let you know how she is doing over the next few days. Hugs to all !!"
Abby still faces radiation and has a ways to go but thank goodness she is such a fighter and is doing well. This family has been through so much and still needs our support. Please, as the season of giving is upon us, think about giving a donation.
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted by Carrie Summers
42 months ago
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Abby comes to visit the Brighton Roller Dollz! What a special bout this one was. Abby's white count was high enough to come visit. How great it was to see her and be able to hug her parents Tammy and Dougie! Abby still has a long way to go and is facing surgery soon but our prayers and support are making a difference. Share her story with your friends and family and let's get closer to our goal. Thank you!
Abby comes to visit BRD!
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Posted by Carrie Summers
43 months ago
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Happy 6th Birthday to Tammy and Dougie's precious little Abbers! Let's wish them all strength and faith as they continue on this challenging journey.
Abby's 6th Birthday!
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Posted by Carrie Summers
43 months ago
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I cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity in donating and/or sharing the page. Tammy and Dougie are so grateful and it helps to know that "Abby's Angels" are in full force! We are making a difference. If you have not had a chance to share on your page, please do so. Thank you!
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$1,925 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 43 months
Created August 25, 2013
Carrie Skid Rock Tripsansky-Summers  
TK
$20
Tom Kleinschmidt
39 months ago
$25
Anonymous
40 months ago
CS
$20
Candice Spencer
40 months ago

Praying for this family xo

JR
$25
James rice
42 months ago
AR
$20
Amy Rice
42 months ago

We used to be neighbors last year. My boys loved going over to play with the kids. We miss y'all and will be praying for your family.

WD
$50
Witch Doctor
42 months ago

Love

$25
Anonymous
42 months ago
SR
$40
Sandra Rod
42 months ago
AK
$35
Amber King
42 months ago
KF
$40
Kristen Fountaine
42 months ago

I love you all so very much! I am so proud of the strength you all have shown. May God continue to bless you each and every day!

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