Help Dayna Fight for a Miracle

$25,450 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 362 people in 62 months
Dayna is what most would consider a "normal" 20-something. She followed her dreams and went to a fashion business school in NYC. She graduated and went on to work at stores like Levi's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Free People. She had overcome adversity before and was on her way to establishing herself within her field. 
 
But in January 2013, after a nagging cough and a bout of insomnia - she finally decided to visit a doctor. She was devastated to find out that she had Hodgkins Lymphoma. A fighter at heart, she underwent months of chemo and tried to balance having to move home with the need to be young & free. In August 2013 we got news that her scans came back clean and she would be scheduled to confirm her remission in January 2014. We celebrated Christmas with joy knowing that she could finally have the start that she deserved. 
 
Our worst fears were confirmed a few weeks before she would be confirmed remission. Her cancer was back and it was restricting her breathing. She was admitted for an emergency round of chemo that was much more powerful than her previous dosage. As she sat in the hospital room hearing her prognosis after more intensive chemo, stem cell transplants, blood transfusions, and months more time in hospital rooms, she leaned over to me and said "I've lost my 20s...how come I have to lose this time in my life?"  Heartbreaking as it is, she's fighting everyday to get better. 
 
With all that pressure, she's had to tightly manager her own finances. After her state insurance dropped her coverage, she's been working on securing Medicaid to pay for the care she needs to survive. As her family, we continue to work our hardest to support whatever will make her better.

Since graduation, her peers from LIM have embarked on their own journeys in life and careers, managing to stay in contact throughout their day with the help of Facebook (of course). The news hit her peers hard. How could their friend be going through such an ordeal at a young age as her career began to flourish? As they begin to embark on their new independent lives in their young twenties, it is hard to understand why this young, beautiful and creative women had her journey stifled for so long.

Dayna has been in the hospital for weeks as part of an effort to collect her stem cells in preparation of her stem cell transplant. She was admitted on 5/21 to endure 6 long days of straight chemotherapy and will then need to recuperate for a full month on intensive care. Based on her prognosis, they will need to administer a second round of intensive chemo to include yet another stem cell collection and countless hours in a hospital bed. 

Throughout it all, Dayna remains strong. Her friends, family and LIM College have joined together to host a fundraising event in her honor on Wednesday, June 25th to celebrate and support her. Through their selfless efforts, they've put together a fund rasier in the hopes of assisting her on a road to a speedy recovery. Join them for food, beverage, entertainment, and a silent auction.
 
Any support that anyone can provide has been appreciated beyond the point of words. While "thank you" will never suffice, it is all I can offer for now. Thank you. 
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I am so incredibly honored by the outpouring of support. Dayna has truly taken her journey to health and wellness to inspirational heights!

In terms of her health... after TWO exhausting stem cell transplants - and the suggestion of a third (cringe!) - she found a way into a clinical trial that has finally started to improve her condition. At last account she was 60% in remission! Her journey isn't over - but she's on her way to recovery.

She's also received some pretty hefty media attention after joining Major Model Management. She walked in just a few NYC Fashion Week shows last year and the media covered her inspiring story on some pretty impressive news media (see below)!

What's she up to now? She's just one of the models that's helping MILK launch their new Makeup line on FEB 8th! All (and no really - I mean ALL) of the proceeds from Sunshine Oil sales will go directly towards supporting Dayna through this challenging (but also exciting) time. She's just a young girl trying to live her dreams and not letting cancer hold her back. So if you want to say FUCK CANCER with us, please join the fight! Any and all donations are appreciated. Every single dollar helps. THANK YOU to MILK for their incredible donation and support - now go buy some fabulous MILK cosmetics people!!

http://www.majormodel.com/portfolio/mainboard/women/869018/dayna-marie

http://milkmakeup.com/looks/gender/

http://www.people.com/article/model-cancer-inspiring-others

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/19/dayna-christison-modelling-contract-cancer_n_8603378.html

http://www.today.com/style/model-dayna-marie-battles-cancer-while-walking-runway-t57726

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20160116/NEWS/160119520

http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/news/model-with-stage-four-cancer-stuns-in-pictures
Milk makeup launching Feb 8th!
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I wish there was another way that I could say thank you for everyone's tremendous support. I've tried buying individual "Dayna Strong" bands for everyone, but we were a little short with all the donations! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each of you. If you e-mail me your address, I would love to send you a thank you card. It's the least I can do. lauren.christison@gmail.com

As an update - Dayna used the funds donated to get the surgery that will enable her to someday be a Mom. Unfortunately, her cancer has spread from the tissue of her lungs to the actual lung and we will be moving forward with two aggressive stem cell transplants to eradicate this terrible disease. Dayna continues to inspire me with her positive attitude and unique sense of humor.

There are some benefits being arranged including a Zombie Bar Crawl on May 17th (not my idea, but unique none-the-less) that I would be happy to provide details on. 100% of the proceeds will go to Dayna in order to help her pay medical bills, offset upcoming costs, and continue to fight. I promised her a sister trip to Europe when she crossed the finish line, and I intend to hold my promise. We're hoping this fall is just around the corner...

I apologize for not providing an update sooner, but it seems that life consumes you when you want to reach out the most. Some of your reached out personally to help and I haven't gotten back to you -- that's my fault and I owe you a response. As always, I am forever grateful for each of your donations and ask that you hold Dayna in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you.
though she be but small, she is fierce.
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Thank you to everyone that has so generously donated. As I mentioned, Daynas procedure went well and she's in for her next round of chemo now.

There have been a LOT of questions about the goal amount and if it was a "cap" for donations. It's not! I was hesitant to change the goal because I was so touched by how quickly we shattered it. However - there are others that are looking to donate and are confused by the setup. In order to avoid confusion, I've raised the goal amount. We'll use whatever funds are donated to put towards future procedures - most specifically her stem cell transplant.

Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart.
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Update: Although the procedure went longer than anticipated and made everyone a little nervous, Dayna is in recovery and doing well. We're over the hurdle on this one!
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Stephanie Marchiano
62 months ago
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Your strength is an inspiration to me

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Megan Hughes
62 months ago

Please consider alternative methods of treatment with a more nutritional remedies for her cells! International Bio Care is a Hospital in Mexico that is far from traditional American Medicine (And it's cheaper!) -- I live in Alaska where the owner of a local Builder's Supply store had stage 4 cancer which was deemed terminal until his wife looked into other options -- Here's the article all about how the hospital in Mexico saved his life... Praying for an open mind for her treatment !! 'http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131203/when-terminal-cancer-came-calling-mexico-was-answer-soldotna-sbs-owner

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Jessica Matuszewski
62 months ago

Please contact this local foundation. The foundation was created to help with this situation. A friend of mine knows the family who started this and has said she will let them know p your situation. https://m.facebook.com/AllysonWhitneyFoundation

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Christopher Cyphers
40 months ago
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Hi, I am the provost at LIM College, and I saw the piece in the Daily News about Dayna's valiant struggle with her illness. Wishing her all the very best for a successful career and good health.

GG
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Georgie Greville
41 months ago
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We love Dayna so much and will do anything to help her get better. Love Georgie and the Milk Makeup Team

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41 months ago
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Stephanie Marchiano
62 months ago
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Your strength is an inspiration to me

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Megan Hughes
62 months ago

Please consider alternative methods of treatment with a more nutritional remedies for her cells! International Bio Care is a Hospital in Mexico that is far from traditional American Medicine (And it's cheaper!) -- I live in Alaska where the owner of a local Builder's Supply store had stage 4 cancer which was deemed terminal until his wife looked into other options -- Here's the article all about how the hospital in Mexico saved his life... Praying for an open mind for her treatment !! 'http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131203/when-terminal-cancer-came-calling-mexico-was-answer-soldotna-sbs-owner

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Jessica Matuszewski
62 months ago

Please contact this local foundation. The foundation was created to help with this situation. A friend of mine knows the family who started this and has said she will let them know p your situation. https://m.facebook.com/AllysonWhitneyFoundation

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