Poeta Family Fund

$101,756 of $100k goal

Raised by 1,762 people in 34 months
Elizabeth Anderson Pisano  SEYMOUR, CT
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.
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Update 21
22 months ago

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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 poetastrong@gmail.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!!
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Update 20
23 months ago

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.
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Update 19
23 months ago

Good Morning,
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.
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Update 18
23 months ago

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
Support Nina and SHS Boys' Soccer
SHS Girls' Soccer Benefit for Nina 10/14
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Robert Green
23 months ago

John, Dora and Cara, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart has been heavy with sadness all day thinking of Nina. I plan on doing an act of kindness this week in honor of Nina. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this extremely difficult time.

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Connie Fitts
23 months ago

Sooo sorry to hear of the passing of such a Beautyful life may she RIP

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Linda Rice
23 months ago

I am truly sorry for the loss of your precious Nina. Such a vibrant and beautiful young lady, gone too soon. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days that follow her passing... God bless

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Wendy Seymour
23 months ago

My family and I are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

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Chris Lindstrom
23 months ago

We are so sorry to hear about Nina's passing, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Rita Mattingly
23 months ago

Thank you for all you have done for Nina and her family. Prayers of comfort for you, for the Poeta family, and for Nina and all those that love her.

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Carli Hirst
23 months ago

I want to support Nina from here in New Zealand. Do you have bumper stickers or the likes?

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Elaine Tungatoa
23 months ago

This where FB gets touches people all over the world ,I am from Gold Coast Australia and saw Nina's video today and saddened me terribly ,Nina you would be one of the bravest girl i have ever known ,you are truely an inspiration to us all ,I send you all my love and thoughts with you ,Youll be forever in my heart xoxoxox Elaine

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Kristy Brewer
23 months ago

Where can I purchase a Nina Strong t-shirt to support?

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Kristy Brewer
23 months ago

Love and prayers sent your way, Nina, all the way from New Brunswick, Canada!

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Krystle Proctor
24 months ago

Stay strong Nina! Thoughts and prayers sent your way!

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Maggie Xiao
24 months ago

Stay strong, Nina! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep fighting and you will win the battle!

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Becky Wooten
31 months ago

nina stay strong you and your family we are all praying for you always

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Sue Anello
31 months ago

You and your family are in my family's thoughts and prayers .

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Rita Mattingly
31 months ago

Awesome news. Prayers will continue until she is 100%.

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Samantha Gregorio
33 months ago

Just another option...the Gerson therapy is a cancer treatment without side effects and can often be used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments. It focuses on juicing to give your body the nutrition that it needs and by getting rid of toxins. Prayers and best wishes from Beacon Falls!!! http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/

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Elaine Bariluk
34 months ago

Praying for a miracle for you .. All things are possible..

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Linda Lawrence
34 months ago

Nina, Lorraine and I are praying for you several times a day. Please try to stay positive. We have witnessed many miracles concerning cancer patients. We are praying for you for total and complete healing. Gods blessings to you Nina and your family.

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Anthony Notarino III
34 months ago

Stop and leave a thought for Nina or anyone you know fighting Cancer.. http://www.mypadrepiogroup.com/

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Anthony Notarino
34 months ago

I have a website dedicated to the Miracles of Padre Pio, Please stop by a leave your thoughts. http://www.mypadrepiogroup.com/#!Those-Fighting-Cancer/c23yr/C2E2D58F-C4C1-40BD-AD6B-13400CF6F456

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$101,756 of $100k goal

Raised by 1,762 people in 34 months
Created November 21, 2013
Elizabeth Anderson Pisano  
OC
$81
Once upon a big bow/ Seymour Spirit Club
17 months ago

For bows purchased from Once upon a big bow by the Seymour Spirit Club$3 per bow is being donated to the Poeta Family. Rest in peace our beautiful angel.

$100
jenine ingersoll
19 months ago

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!!!!

CJ
$100
Chantel Javois
19 months ago

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.

$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
JC
$50
Joel Barlow Cheerleading
21 months ago

Joel Barlow Cheerleading supports the Poeta family

TB
$142
Tall Pines Bunco Babes
21 months ago
$25
Anonymous
22 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
$20
Robert Green
22 months ago

John, Dorie and Cara, thinking of you guys everyday.

SS
$48
Sweet Peas Stamping
22 months ago

Many prayers!

Robert Green
23 months ago

John, Dora and Cara, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart has been heavy with sadness all day thinking of Nina. I plan on doing an act of kindness this week in honor of Nina. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this extremely difficult time.

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Connie Fitts
23 months ago

Sooo sorry to hear of the passing of such a Beautyful life may she RIP

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Linda Rice
23 months ago

I am truly sorry for the loss of your precious Nina. Such a vibrant and beautiful young lady, gone too soon. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days that follow her passing... God bless

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Wendy Seymour
23 months ago

My family and I are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

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Chris Lindstrom
23 months ago

We are so sorry to hear about Nina's passing, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Rita Mattingly
23 months ago

Thank you for all you have done for Nina and her family. Prayers of comfort for you, for the Poeta family, and for Nina and all those that love her.

+ Read More
Carli Hirst
23 months ago

I want to support Nina from here in New Zealand. Do you have bumper stickers or the likes?

+ Read More
Elaine Tungatoa
23 months ago

This where FB gets touches people all over the world ,I am from Gold Coast Australia and saw Nina's video today and saddened me terribly ,Nina you would be one of the bravest girl i have ever known ,you are truely an inspiration to us all ,I send you all my love and thoughts with you ,Youll be forever in my heart xoxoxox Elaine

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Kristy Brewer
23 months ago

Where can I purchase a Nina Strong t-shirt to support?

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Kristy Brewer
23 months ago

Love and prayers sent your way, Nina, all the way from New Brunswick, Canada!

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Krystle Proctor
24 months ago

Stay strong Nina! Thoughts and prayers sent your way!

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Maggie Xiao
24 months ago

Stay strong, Nina! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep fighting and you will win the battle!

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Becky Wooten
31 months ago

nina stay strong you and your family we are all praying for you always

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Sue Anello
31 months ago

You and your family are in my family's thoughts and prayers .

+ Read More
Rita Mattingly
31 months ago

Awesome news. Prayers will continue until she is 100%.

+ Read More
Samantha Gregorio
33 months ago

Just another option...the Gerson therapy is a cancer treatment without side effects and can often be used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments. It focuses on juicing to give your body the nutrition that it needs and by getting rid of toxins. Prayers and best wishes from Beacon Falls!!! http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/

+ Read More
Elaine Bariluk
34 months ago

Praying for a miracle for you .. All things are possible..

+ Read More
Linda Lawrence
34 months ago

Nina, Lorraine and I are praying for you several times a day. Please try to stay positive. We have witnessed many miracles concerning cancer patients. We are praying for you for total and complete healing. Gods blessings to you Nina and your family.

+ Read More
Anthony Notarino III
34 months ago

Stop and leave a thought for Nina or anyone you know fighting Cancer.. http://www.mypadrepiogroup.com/

+ Read More
Anthony Notarino
34 months ago

I have a website dedicated to the Miracles of Padre Pio, Please stop by a leave your thoughts. http://www.mypadrepiogroup.com/#!Those-Fighting-Cancer/c23yr/C2E2D58F-C4C1-40BD-AD6B-13400CF6F456

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