Help Solei Beat Cancer

$28,817 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 23 months
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Tami Solondz
on behalf of Jackie Unternahrer
 TELLURIDE, CO

On December 26th, Solei, age 10, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer, a cancerous tumor in her right femur bone.

Solei was born in Guatemala & adopted by Jackie as an infant.  This past year they spent time living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where they immersed themselves in the Latin culture. It is Solei’s dream to learn Spanish so that when she meets her birth mother in Guatemala she can talk with her. Jackie & Solei have moved to Denver so she can be treated at Denver’s Children’s Hospital.




Osteosarcoma is a very aggressive cancer. Doctors are using 3 strong chemotherapy drugs over a period of 9 months to kill it. After 3 months they will attempt to do a limb-sparing surgery rather than an amputation. During the long (9+hour) surgery, they will remove the tumor, bone, cartilage, and nearby tissue,  then replace Sole's knee and thigh bone with a metal prosthesis (implant) and metal knee joint.  Solei will need the same surgery every 15 years to replace the metal prothesis. 

After surgery and and the second round of chemo ends,  Solei will need  physical therapy for up to a year to learn how to walk again.  Jackie & Solei will have to travel to Denver every 3 months for the first few years for scans, exams, blood work and eco-cardiograms. Because this cancer reoccurs 30-50% of the time -and the chemo can damage her heart and hearing--regular screenings will continue for the rest of Solei's life.

Funds raised from this campaign will help with the years of travel costs back to the hospital, medical expenses not covered by their insurance, and all other costs associated with Solei's recovery.

Solei is a Mayan warrior and is handling this with amazing courage and strength. Thank you for your love and support. Please send prayers, good energy and love for Solei's recovery. Solei and Jackie believe they work miracles. You can follow her story at caringbridge.org under Solei Unternahrer.
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$28,817 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 23 months
Created February 9, 2017
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Tami Solondz
on behalf of Jackie Unternahrer
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$88
Liz Coenen
12 months ago

Dear Solei, Our son, Daniel, really enjoyed meeting you at LAHC this summer. It was our first time at camp and he had fun playing Heads Up with you while your group was "summer tubing." He has chosen to give all of his donation money to help with your expenses. Daniel is praying hard for your healing and is looking forward to seeing you again at LAHC. Warmly, Liz and Nick Coenen

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$250
Tami Solondz
12 months ago
PL
$100
Pennie Lee
12 months ago
$50
Ulli SirJesse
12 months ago

May these Dollars help you, Solei to buy something you really wish for Christmas.

EH
$100
Eva & Leif Henschel
15 months ago

Solei, we think and pray for you so much! We can't wait to play in Telluride soon - stay strong & beautiful!

BD
$50
Ben and Fran Domenico
16 months ago

Wishing Solei all the best for a healthy future.

$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
$25
Mary McManus
16 months ago
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$200
Anna Domenico
16 months ago
$50
Kristen Speth
16 months ago
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