Elizabeth Marek Memorial Fund

$18,745 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 267 people in 40 months


We lost Elizabeth at 3:33 AM on March 7, 2017.
We need help more than ever, as we enter a new phase in Elizabeth's amazing fight against cancer.

The money raised will support the lives of her two children and the beginning of a new future.  

Elizabeth had been battling hard for nearly 4 years.  In the recent weeks, things have changed and she has had a recurrance.  The cancer has grown rapidly in her brain and caused a lot of swelling.  She is having a hard time finding the right words and talking all together.  Her right arm and right leg have become really week.

Elizabeth needed constant care, and I am taking time from work to take care of her full time.  She is now on a new form of treatment, it is meant to stop growth, but not shrink it.  
Elizabeth is still fighting hard, and now I am not working for a while, we need help more than ever.  

If you don't know about Elizabeth...
Here is her story.

24 weeks into the pregnacy of our second child, Elizabeth began to have terrible headaches.  After three visits to the emergancy room, we found she had a massive tumor in her brain.
Soon after, Elizabeth had surgery to remove the tumor.  There was a danger as we could have lost both Elizabeth and the baby during the surgery.  The surgery was a success and most of the tumor was removed.  8 weeks later our baby girl was born pre-mature.   We would soon learn the tumor is Glioblastoma Stage IV.  This is the deadliest brain tumor, killing within 12 to 15 months after surgery.  Our baby girl had to stay Special Care Nursery while Elizabeth started Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment.

When our baby girl came home Elizabeth was finishing her treatment.  A few months later during the second round of Chemo, the doctors found a secondary cancer growing in her brain and took her off of Chemo.  
We thought it was the worst thing, but her doctor prescribed a new treatment called Novocure and Elizabeth did very well on the Novocure for about 18 months.

August 2015, 2 years after surgery we had a party to celebrate Elizabeth and how well she was doing.  The following day, she woke up and felt strange.  After an ER visit the doctors found a new tumor in a different location in her brain.  We were shocked and scared as the newest chapter in Elizabeth's fight against cancer was beginning.

After 2 weeks her doctors decided it would be best to have a second round of radiation on the recurrance along with a new treatment for her, Avastin.  Avastin is similar to Chemotherapy and has to be injected every 2 weeks.

The Chemotherapy has ended as it stopped working.  She is on the final treatment that can be offered and we are looking for help with bills and securing the future of our children, Reynolds 7 and Helaina 3.  

Please share and if you can donate.  $5 dollars helps.  Thank you!

You can follow her progress here or on her Go Elizabeth facebook page.Go Elizabeth on Facebook
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Today we are having a benefit fundraiser.
It in Swansea, IL
301 Service St.

Starts at 2pm!
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Went to see my brain surgeon a couple of days ago.
He told me that I look very good and to keep up the good work.
Thanks for the support!
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Hey everyone!
I wanted to check in and say thank you again.
Today is a MRI and my family and I hope for the best.

Thank you for the support!

Every donation helps, even if it is $5...not just helping with our big medical bills. It helps to know there are people who care...Thank you!
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MRI Results

Today we saw Elizabeth's Oncologist to find out the results of her latest MRI.
There was a change. While the Avastin seems to be working, stopping the blood flow to the cancer, there is what the Doctor thinks is something called Radiation Necrosis.
Radiation necrosis (sometimes called brain necrosis) occurs when an area of dead tissue forms at the site of a brain tumour after radiation therapy. Radiation necrosis may occur as early as 6 months after radiation treatment, but symptoms usually occur 1–2 years after treatment is finished

So now, she will have a MRI in 6 weeks rather than the usual 8 weeks. The Doctor wants to be safe, even if he is 80% certain is is Radiation Necrosis.

Elizabeth is doing well otherwise as she looks forward to another Mother's Day.

Thank you for the support and well wishes and donations. Please share her story with friends and family, we need all the donations possible.
Thank You!
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Roxana Shannon
38 months ago
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Dear Elizabeth & Ray...We are with you in thought and prayer. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!

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Jennys Strength
29 months ago

Dear Elizabeth we would like to send your children a pillow pet, we give pillow pets to children whose parent has brain cancer/tumors, please send us your info at www.jennysstrength.org. Blessings to you and your family

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Carolyn Williams
33 months ago

Thank you to every one for the support and prayers for my daughter and her family.

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Raised by 267 people in 40 months
Created March 26, 2015
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Karen Greenrose
4 months ago

God Bless you and your family!

TB
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Trey Baur
16 months ago

God bless you and your family. Stay strong!

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The Vann's
16 months ago

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for your family. Our condolences are with you always.

DH
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Danielle and Tad Hebert
16 months ago

Ray, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Elizabeth. We know no amount of money can make the pain go away, but we hope that this helps out with whatever it is that you all need. You and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roxana Shannon
38 months ago
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Dear Elizabeth & Ray...We are with you in thought and prayer. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!

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Jennys Strength
29 months ago

Dear Elizabeth we would like to send your children a pillow pet, we give pillow pets to children whose parent has brain cancer/tumors, please send us your info at www.jennysstrength.org. Blessings to you and your family

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Carolyn Williams
33 months ago

Thank you to every one for the support and prayers for my daughter and her family.

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