A Mom’s Fight Against Brain Tumors

$8,595 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 32 months
In May 2015 my 46 year old sister Diana Perez was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. This type of tumor is found in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain and it was the cause of her unbearable crippling headaches, nausea and dizziness. These tumors grow rapidly and are very aggressive-- the grade of Diana’s tumor is now 3 on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the worst.
Unfortunately Glioblastomas are often not surgically curable with the only standard forms of treatment being radiation and chemotherapy. Diana’s tumor is in a difficult location and can not be surgically removed.
After completing 3 rounds of chemotherapy followed by radiation, Diana’s tumor remains. Glioblastomas can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, and in her particular case the cells did not respond well to the conventional therapies that insurance companies cover.
Fortunately they are several new therapies that The American Brain Tumor Association is excited about that offer Diana real hope. One is a type of “Immunotherapy” where the body’s immune system is boosted by a drug that enhances the body’s ability to detect and destroy cancer cells and another is a wearable portable device called an Optune which envelops the brain in a low intensity electrical field that is designed to slow or stop tumor cancer cells from multiplying and then causes them to die.
Because these treatments are newer treatments, most insurance companies refuse to cover them. Diana’s insurance will not cover the cost of either of these treatments or any other alternative therapy.
Diana has a 10 year-old daughter named Daniella and she is a single mom. She is running out of time and would like to try these therapies to have a chance at life and raising her daughter. Not only is Diana strong and courageous but she is one of the kindest and most loving people you will ever meet and she needs all of our help. Any gift no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
God bless you!
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I want to share with all of you how the process of my aunt goes! Yesterday, thank God, we started a new Chemo, and if God allows it on Monday the Optune machine will be connected to it, which will be placed twice a week for 18 hours every day! I want to congratulate each of the people who put their grain of sand and have given support to this campaign, The total cost of this treatment is $ 21,000 and if it was not for the solidarity of each one this was not possible! I will keep you abreast of how it evolves and I promise to show you a photo once the patches are connected to your head! God bless you and again thank you!
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Les quiero compartir a todos como va el proceso de mi tia! Ayer gracias a Dios le empezamos una nueva Quimio y si Dios permite el lunes se le conectara la máquina Optune la cual tendrá puesta dos veces a la semana por 18 horas cada día! Quiero a agadecer a cada una de las personas que pusieron su granito de arena y le han dado soporte a esta campaña, El costó total de este tratamiento es de 21,000 dólares y de no haber sido por la solidaridad de cada uno esto no fuese posible! Los mantendré al tanto de como va evolucionado y les prometo mostrarles una foto una ves se le conecten los parches a su cabezita! Dios los bendiga y nuevamente gracias!
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$8,595 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 32 months
Created November 6, 2016
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EV
$50
Elizabeth Villegas
29 months ago
ME
$150
Manuel Espinosa
30 months ago
CA
$180
Chiringueros Ausentes
30 months ago
GH
$300
Gloria Henao
31 months ago
1
1
AF
$30
Angela Fajardo
31 months ago
KD
$40
Karla Delgado
32 months ago
IO
$25
ICHABOD & OTTER
32 months ago

Get well Diana, we miss you!

BM
$25
Beatrice Moritz
32 months ago

Good luck and thinking about you.

DR
$500
dina rothstein
32 months ago
JP
$50
Jose Perez
32 months ago

Tia espero te mejores pronto, te llevo en mi corazón

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