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SAVE OUR KATE

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Raised by 26 people in 4 months
Created March 11, 2019
Team Katie
Our daughter, granddaughter, big sister, cousin, friend, student, classmate, Katie, Kate, Katelyn Paige Leshuk (18), was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, CANCER of the lymphatic system, which is part of her immune system. She’s still in process of Staging either 2 or 3 (Stages range from 1, less sever to 4 most sever).

As of May 5, she is getting to her 3rd round of treatment, with 12 total, estimated months were 6, depending on other factors. She has lost much of her hair, is fatigued, sore, tired, and has other body issues going on.

Here's a bit about our Kate and her journey!

Katelyn graduated high school a few month early, in 2018. She moved to Texas to pursue a dream of eventually working for herself. She began work with her grandparents, learning their business, with the idea of eventually taking it over after they retire.

Soon after she moved, she developed symptoms that were not going away. Katelyn’s neck is swollen, painful bumps under skin, chest pain, and has fatigue, fevers, night sweats, as well as emotional ups and downs.

She had scans, blood tests, and a biopsy done. She went in for a bone marrow biopsy, more scans, and a port-a-cath implanted in her chest. It can be used to give chemotherapy or medicine into her vein, or to take blood.

Treatments that may come are Chemotherapy, radiation, immune, and targeted therapy, bone marrow samples/transplant, follow up care, and possible fertility treatments.

Side effects of this disease and treatment are hair loss, weight loss/gain, nausea, fatigue, heart damage, other cancers, increase risk of infections, and infertility.

We would like to support her without financial worry. Any monies raised will go towards medical bills, therapies, future needs, and medical travel expense. She will not be working as much, if at all, during her treatments.

Katelyn has also experienced EXTREME TRAUMA in her teenage years. Setting normal teen issues aside, she had unimaginable things happen (a story she will tell when ready). This created extreme stress, anxiety, loss, despair, sadness, frustration, fear, guilt, shame, what ifs, anger, nearly unbearable heartache, loss of sleep and so SO much more. She will be healing for the rest of her LIFE. It is my hopes to lessen her burdens.

If you are unable to donate financially, we ask that you say a special PRAYER for our Katelyn, that her body finds the strength to beat this and THRIVE. As she heads into a very tough few months and possibly years, she has her sights set on a skydiving adventure, traveling to new places, and further down the road enjoying a family of her own.

We ask that you please share her story with your family, friends, and colleagues.

***Others ways to help are to attend or help with fundraisers and donating to

Katelyn’s benefit account at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, 225 Main St, Rapid City · (605) 718-1818, 100% of those funds will go to her expenses. Pay to the order of "Benefit of Katelyn Leshuk" via Ramona Nyffler.  Any questions please ask!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a bit more about OUR Katie!

Ramona and the rest of Team Katie!

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Kate is starting chemo again today! She has been with out insurance for a bit over month, hoping it doesnt happen again!
She's nervous and anxious going in today. Its between a 3 and 5 hour process and dreading the side affects.

She would love your thoughts, prayers, good vibes, and messages sent her way!

A family friend, Sue Diacomo, is organizing a DONATION BASED YARD SALE July 19th, with all proceeds going to Kate. If you have any thing to donate to the sale, while you spring clean, clean out your closets and garages, please drop them off with Sue or myself.  Please message her or me for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/events/323103095250567/?ti=cl

Her visit home was awesome. She was able to see and visit many of those closest to her, attend graduation parties, and simply catch up with friends and family. It made her feel at home and extra loved!

Thank you for all your support!!
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Kate's white blood cell count was 700, which is extremely low, so chemo Thursday got rescheduled for this coming Thursday if her numbers come up. She is trying to lift and stay healthy!

Our girl's hair is starting to thin with every comb through. She now is looking into head wear and hair to go with her beautiful face :)

She appreciates all the support, prayers, and love!
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This morning, April 11th, Katelyn heads into her 2nd round of chemo. The first was 2 weeks ago, it was rough emotionally and physically. Each treatment is hours long. She brings a book, coloring book, blanket, crackers, mom and phone, to help pass the time. After chemo the next few days are exhausting and draining. Please keep Our kate in your thoughts today and days coming. If you feel the urge to send her a letter/card, gift of support please message me for info on how.
Also please keep praying, sharing and donating when possible.
Donations will be going towards medication not cover, other expenses that come along the way, then finally maybe a Celebration for the end of Cancer in her!
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Kate had her fertility consultation last week. They confirmed she is at a lower risk of infertility, recommended a shot to potentially help reduce the risk. Kate feels she doesn't want to add anymore meds into her body. She continues to fight the fight! Her travel to Dallas for treatment is around 40 to 60 mins depending on traffic. She getting rest, trying to stay healthy, eat better, and use products recommended by oncologist.
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Raised by 26 people in 4 months
Created March 11, 2019
Team Katie
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