Bailee's Pink Lemonade: Have a Heart

$10,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 156 people in 31 months
Brieana Militello   GLOUCESTER, MA
Bailee is 8 years old and has been in the fundraising world for 1 1/2 years she has raised $3000 for multiple projects this will be her biggest yet with a goal of $10,000...to benefit


Erica is a 28 year old mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. She is also a cancer survivor and now suffers from congestive heart failure due to chemotherapy treatment.
In 2007, a biopsy done on a lump in her neck lead to a stage III Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis. At 22, Erica went on to receive a six month ABVD chemotherapy regimen which resulted in remission in 2008. She met her husband in 2009 and "started over" hoping to leave her medical nightmare behind her. She was told she would never be able to conceive due to chemotherapy and a history of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) but to her surprise, she found herself pregnant in 2011. After getting over the initial shock, the excitement was overwhelming, until her 20 week ultrasound appnt. Within ten minutes she was being sent into Boston via ambulance due to an incompetent cervix. She was dialated and her water was about to break. After a procedure called a "cerclage" in which the cervix is sewn shut to prevent pre term labor, Erica was on bed rest both in and out of the hospital for three and a half months until she went into labor at 34 weeks. On December 4, 2011 her miracle baby was born at 4lbs 14oz. Healthy and excited, Mom, Dad, and baby arrived home together on December 8th.
Within two days of being home symptoms like shortness of breath and severe chest pain ensued. On December 10th her husband rushed her to the hospital after she was having difficulty breathing where she was admitted to the ICU and diagnosed with heart failure. Her heart had an ejection fraction (measurement of how well your heart is pumping) of 20%.
Over the last two years her heart function has dropped to 10% and Erica was placed in a medically induced coma and med flighted to Boston on December 1st, 2013 due to sepsis. Her body had began going into complete organ failure. After about five days of being intubated and drained of about 23L of fluid, the medical staff woke her up. She was released from the hospital on December 10th with a PICC line in place to receive IV heart failure drugs around the clock while at home with her family.
Erica continues to be extremely positive and maintains a good sense of humor while battling end-stage heart failure. She is now on the heart transplant list and waiting for the gift of life.
Please help Bailee reach her goal!!!


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Update 31
29 months ago
I switched the goal back to $10,000 online we only need $270 to make it $10,000 and then we will be cashing out and getting this to Erica .....anyone wanna seal the deal on this beautiful Tuesday??? ;)
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Update 30
29 months ago
Wowee your are awesome MacIsaacs!!
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Update 29
29 months ago
Messaging ya'll sick from the couch.....Dont know what it is but hopefully it will be gone soon......but unfortunetly Erica is still waiting for a new heart and her medical bills pile up daily...and i know she just looked into a meal service for while her hubby is at work..she can order meals and have them delivered that also costs money. Between this site and the benefit we have raised around $11,300ish which doesn't even come close to what is needed......keeping this site open as long as donations are coming in....please continue to share and most importantly pray for the right heart to come asap. And I wanted to thank everyone for coming out the other night to support Erica and her Family. ...and support Bailee in her fundraising!
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Update 28
29 months ago
Keeping the page open thru the rest of the week for those whom couldn't make it tonight!
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Tina Johnsen
31 months ago

Bailee thiz is amazing. Thank you so much for being such an amazing little girl. Keep up the awesome work :)

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$10,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 156 people in 31 months
Created December 31, 2013
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$175
Maureen OBrien
28 months ago

I'm a cancer survivor who has just reached my 5 year remission date! I'd been wondering how to celebrate in a way that didn't feel like it was 'all about me'. And this is it! By paying it forward to another family fighting more illness than they should. Bless you, Bailee, and your mom for looking out for your friends. And healing thoughts to the Sheas. Love, Maureen

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$25
Anonymous
29 months ago
$25
Anonymous
29 months ago
$25
Anonymous
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
29 months ago
LR
$25
Lyndsey and Jared Ryder
29 months ago

Wishing you all the best! Love you! Xoxo

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$30
Anonymous
29 months ago
JC
$10
Joe Cruz
29 months ago
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$50
Sara (Malley)Shirkey
29 months ago

Love you Erica

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JC
$25
Jill Carter
29 months ago
Tina Johnsen
31 months ago

Bailee thiz is amazing. Thank you so much for being such an amazing little girl. Keep up the awesome work :)

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