Renee's Medical Fund

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Raised by 778 people in 54 months
Dear friends,

 For those of you who don't know, in November 2014 Renée found a bump in her pelvis area that became very painful. After testing, the doctor told her that she had sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer, and that she needed treatment immediately. MD Anderson was recommended because they are the best with treating sarcoma.

The doctors don't know when the cancer first developed; they just know that it is fast growing because it moved from a bump to something physically visible very quickly (aka an aggressive tumor). This is why they needed to start treatment immediately. They also needed to start treatment quickly due to the tumor’s location. The tumor physically protrudes from her skin and goes through her tissue up to where some of her vital organs are. The pelvis has holes in the bone and the tumor grew through one of the bones and is very close to critical organs. As a result, the doctors decided that the first step was to shrink the tumor using chemo and radiation before attempting to operate so that they don't adversely affect those organs. Also, the tumor needs to be removed as a whole, in one go, so they can't risk operating now to remove some and then operating again.  

In December 2014, Renée and her mom, Aunty Maha moved to an apartment in Houston 10 minutes from MD Anderson where she began her treatment. In July 2015 she moved to New Jersey to seek a second opinion from the doctors at Sloan Kettering and Columbia.

 For a long time, Renée was on disability with work, but that is no longer the case. Her mom also left her job to be with her full-time and take care of her. 

 After almost a year of treatment, the medical bills are piling up, and your contribution is much appreciated. We thank you in advance for your help, and ask that you always keep Renée in your thoughts and prayers.

If you've met or know Renée, you know she is a fighter and she is doing everything she can to keep on fighting. 

 Thank you,

 Haitham
(Renée’s friend)
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It is with a very heavy heart that we announce our beloved Renée has passed. Please continue to pray for her soul. Your continued love and support is greatly appreciated. May her beautiful memory be eternal.
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Guys,

As many of you know, Renee went to NYC to see another doctor that was willing to administer her into his clinical trials. The decision was driven by MD Anderson throwing the towel and telling Renee there is nothing else to do.

Renee recently met with her NY doctor to go over the most recent scan. Unfortunately, the trial was not effective and the chemo administered did not do its work. As you know, living in NY is expensive. We are so incredibly grateful to the family that paid for her flights and has been hosting the family since they arrived. Moving forward, depending on what treatment route they take, the Moorads will need help in regards to housing and transportation, etc.

As of now, Renee's body cannot handle any more traditional chemo. However, the doctor mentioned a pill that Renee could still take. This pill is called Votrient and has had effective results on many cancer patients. The doctor also informed us that Votrient may not be covered by insurance should we choose to purchase it. The estimated cost is around $10k for 120 pills. Also, Renee and her mom would have to pay out of pocket for a nurse to come to the apartment and take Renee's blood and vitals while she's on Votrient.

We are at a crucial point now. Renee's body is very weak and we need to take action as soon as possible.

This is the time to really help as much as we can, and your contributions and support have been overwhelming and will never be forgotten. As always, please keep Renee in your prayers. <3
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After going through intensive radiation, Renee was scheduled to have her surgery the week of May 11. However, the PET scan Renee had this past Monday revealed tumors in her lungs and lymph nodes. Since her cancer has spread to other organs, doctors will no longer operate. Renee’s initial pelvic tumor did not respond to the chemotherapy she has undergone. Her doctor is now going to try different medicines and chemo blends to attack the new tumors and try to shrink the initial tumor. The doctor is currently appealing to Renee’s insurance, as some of these blends may not be covered. Renee and her mom will continue to stay in Houston and may need to pay out of pocket for her treatment.

I want to thank everyone that has helped and continues to help. Please spread the word and share this page with everyone you know. Also, please keep Renee in your thoughts and prayers.
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Thank you guys!!! I'm with Renee this weekend and I can tell you she's getting motivated by your support and sweet messages. Keep
up the good work :)
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Nancy Hartwick
54 months ago
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Wishing you the best. I fought Stage 3C Sarcoma and won! 5 years this past January. You can do it my fellow warrior. Stay strong.

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Diane M. Drawbaugh
47 months ago

My thoughts are with you . I remember the day I went to Norman , OK one morning for a cleaning job and meet Renée to get started. So sorry for the life cut so short.

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Tamara Scott
47 months ago

It is with heavy heart that I receive this news. I only knew Renee for a short time, met her while working in DC, but we instantly hit off. She was a beautiful spirit inside and out. My prayers to her mother, brother, extended family and friends.

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Rosa Shirazi
52 months ago

Always thinking of you. Stay strong. I leave you with a quote by Shel Silverstein: "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Continue to fight and continue to have hope. Love you dearly.

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53 months ago

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Julie Fifth Season Financial www.fifthseasonfinancial.com Providing financial help to patients with advanced cancers

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Fufs Basma
54 months ago

God bless you my dear, my prayersbarebwithnyou , please stay strong... You are one tough cookie Allah yehmiki

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Heather Hutt
54 months ago

Sending you good vibes from D.C.! Get well soon!

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Kamilia Nimri
54 months ago

Stay strong my dear. Our prayers are with you

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Rosa Shirazi
54 months ago

Wishing you the best! Sending you our love!! Go Redskins!

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Yahya Lazrak
54 months ago

I hope you will get better soon

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Diana Abou-Assaleh Al Twal
54 months ago

Our prayers are with you dearest Renee. God bless you.

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Laila Mokhiber
54 months ago

Team Renée!!

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Fernando Sarmiento Ossio
54 months ago

Love u Reneecita, can't wait to travel together again!

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Jonathan Nimo
36 months ago

I wish i would have known this earlier, i am truly sorry i didn't and i am truly sorry to hear of this passing, for all involved, who were close to Renee and will never forget her. I hope you are in great peace now Renee, Enshallah. I will forever miss you, your smile, your humor, your sass, your everything and any adjective that applies to you. Love You Sister, Miss You.

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Diana Mubarak
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Sue Riley
47 months ago

For Maha and Randy, Each day I pray that the pain of your loss becomes less. I did not directly know Renee, but I have come to know her through her amazing, loving brother. I wish I had known her, for she seemed to be a light in everyone's life that she touched..

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47 months ago
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47 months ago
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Hope Dunleavy
47 months ago

My prayers and prayers are with Renee's family during this difficult time.

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Kristen Hansen
47 months ago

Rest in peace Renée xx

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Kevin V. Tran
47 months ago

My prayers are with Renee's family for their dearly beloved loss.

Nancy Hartwick
54 months ago
2
2

Wishing you the best. I fought Stage 3C Sarcoma and won! 5 years this past January. You can do it my fellow warrior. Stay strong.

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Diane M. Drawbaugh
47 months ago

My thoughts are with you . I remember the day I went to Norman , OK one morning for a cleaning job and meet Renée to get started. So sorry for the life cut so short.

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Tamara Scott
47 months ago

It is with heavy heart that I receive this news. I only knew Renee for a short time, met her while working in DC, but we instantly hit off. She was a beautiful spirit inside and out. My prayers to her mother, brother, extended family and friends.

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Rosa Shirazi
52 months ago

Always thinking of you. Stay strong. I leave you with a quote by Shel Silverstein: "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Continue to fight and continue to have hope. Love you dearly.

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undefined undefined
53 months ago

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Julie Fifth Season Financial www.fifthseasonfinancial.com Providing financial help to patients with advanced cancers

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Fufs Basma
54 months ago

God bless you my dear, my prayersbarebwithnyou , please stay strong... You are one tough cookie Allah yehmiki

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Heather Hutt
54 months ago

Sending you good vibes from D.C.! Get well soon!

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Kamilia Nimri
54 months ago

Stay strong my dear. Our prayers are with you

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Rosa Shirazi
54 months ago

Wishing you the best! Sending you our love!! Go Redskins!

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Yahya Lazrak
54 months ago

I hope you will get better soon

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Diana Abou-Assaleh Al Twal
54 months ago

Our prayers are with you dearest Renee. God bless you.

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Laila Mokhiber
54 months ago

Team Renée!!

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Fernando Sarmiento Ossio
54 months ago

Love u Reneecita, can't wait to travel together again!

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