Funding for Tori's Art Of Hope

$10,385 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 151 people in 48 months
On August 1st my 13yr old daughter Victoria was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma.  Her journey began when she found a bump on her right breast on the 15th of July. I took her to see her family doctor the same day. He thought it was just a benign mass, but referred us to the Center for Breast Health here in Davenport. Of course, she wasn't able to be seen til the 28th of July. At the Breast Center they did an ultrasound and confirmed it was not coming from her breast, but possibly her chest wall. We were then sent on the same day to get a CT of her chest area done.  Instead of the usual go home and wait for the results, we were asked to wait around while the Radiologists looked over her CT. At that moment  I knew something was seriously wrong!  Her doctor called us in the waiting room and let us know it was coming from her rib region and we were being referred to a Thoracic surgeon at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The same day I received another call saying we could be seen in Iowa City the very next morning.   I was shocked on how fast things were finally moving.   The next morning we made the hour trip to the hospital and patiently waited for the doctor to come in.  As soon as he came in and started small talk with Tori, I knew we were about to get some tough news.  He preceded to tell us he was 99.9% sure she had Ewing's Sarcoma and we needed to get a biopsy done, a port put in, and a bone marrow biopsy also. The next day we made the long trip back to Iowa City so she could have surgery.  Tori made it through the surgery just fine, but had a chest tube that gave her some problems for almost a week. On Friday August 1st her results of the biopsy came back confirming Ewing's Sarcoma. Her MRI, bone marrow, bone scan, and PET scan showed it had not spread anywhere else it is localized at her 5th rib and about the size of a baseball. She started her first set of chemo on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5th and 6th. Her dad and I were finally able to take her home Wednesday night after a week long stay in the hospital.  The whole family was so excited to see her!  Tori's cancer is a very aggressive cancer that has to be treated aggressively.  We will be making weekly trips to Iowa City for her chemo treatment for the next year. Some weeks just a day and some for a week at a time. Eventually, the goal is to shrink it enough to remove the tumor which she will also loose her 5th rib and parts of the 4th and 6th.  Tori is a fighter with no plans on giving up!!  As she puts it CANCER SUCKS!!
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Today is our 1ST ANNUAL TORI'S ART OF HOPE FUNDRAISER!! If you are unable to attend please consider donating to our gofundme. 1-6pm at the Col Ballroom!
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We are currently collecting mini and large adult coloring books, colored pencils, gel pens, and fine point markers. The teens at the UICH have been requesting these items and we are hoping to be able to help!!

Save the date for our 1ST ANNUAL TORI'S ART O F HOPE FUNDRAISER. It is set for May 15, 2016 from 1-6pm at the Col Ballroom. Let's make this a great event in honor of TORI!!
Adult coloring books for teens!!
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Hoping to be able to purchase 10 to 20 art kits on Black Friday for the sick kids at UICH. Donations are needed to make this happen! Thank you for supporting Tori's Art Of Hope!!
Amazing art boxes
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Honoring Tori by starting a nonprofit in her name. Tori's Art Of Hope is creating art boxes for pediatric cancer patients who are in the hospital at UICH. Many were her friends while she was being treated there. Thank you for supporting Tori's Art Of Hope!
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John Down
38 months ago

Dawn, I am deeply saddened by the news. Please accept my sympathies. My prayers continue for you and your family. May God give you peace during this particularly difficult time.

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Bill Cash
38 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss, I can't imagine all that you have been through. Deepest sympathies !

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Maria Copeland
47 months ago

Dawn can I do anything to help you at home? I can't afford to give more than I have, having my own medical financial hurdles right now and only working part time. But I live here in the QC and I'm a nurse, if I can do something to help at your house with your kids, husband's health problem or even just housecleaning, please do not hesitate to ask, it will come to my email.

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Sandra Hoffman Vogel
48 months ago

This family desperately needs help. Due to his own severe medical problems Tori's father has been unable to work for a year now. To date they have received no assistance of any kind. Tori's mother has been the sole support of this family of seven. Since Tori's illness she has been unable to work for the past 3 weeks. This family now has no income at all. PLEASE HELP. GOD BLESS.

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Created August 10, 2014
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Anonymous
26 months ago
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Bill Cash
26 months ago

Hi Dawn, hope all is well with you!

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John Down
26 months ago

Hi, Dawn. Best wishes as you reach $15,000.

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Jeani Goecke
28 months ago

I am positive that TORI is so happy and Proud of all you have accomplished, Dawn. I wish you and the Vogel's We'll!

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John Down
29 months ago

I am honored to be able to help if only in a small way.

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29 months ago
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33 months ago
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35 months ago
John Down
38 months ago

Dawn, I am deeply saddened by the news. Please accept my sympathies. My prayers continue for you and your family. May God give you peace during this particularly difficult time.

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Bill Cash
38 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss, I can't imagine all that you have been through. Deepest sympathies !

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Maria Copeland
47 months ago

Dawn can I do anything to help you at home? I can't afford to give more than I have, having my own medical financial hurdles right now and only working part time. But I live here in the QC and I'm a nurse, if I can do something to help at your house with your kids, husband's health problem or even just housecleaning, please do not hesitate to ask, it will come to my email.

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Sandra Hoffman Vogel
48 months ago

This family desperately needs help. Due to his own severe medical problems Tori's father has been unable to work for a year now. To date they have received no assistance of any kind. Tori's mother has been the sole support of this family of seven. Since Tori's illness she has been unable to work for the past 3 weeks. This family now has no income at all. PLEASE HELP. GOD BLESS.

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