Help Dayna Fight for a Miracle
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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