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Support Alisa Leonard's Victory!

$68,374 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 310 people in 1 month
Created February 25, 2018
This is Alisa Leonard!  She is a wonderful person who has touched countless lives with her humor, her love of life, her generous spirit, and her beautiful singing voice.  She is dear wife of Tom, a beloved mother of three -- Isaac (20), Caleb (19) and Rachel (17) -- as well as a loyal daughter, a faithful sister, and a fun-loving friend.  She performs as a part of Sister with her real-life sisters Kjersten and Kara. Alisa joyfully contributes to her community, serves her church, shares her musical gifts, loves her family...and is now battling stage IV cancer with everything she’s got. 

Alisa is on the road to victory and it is not an easy one.  Her community has rallied to support her in her fight, and we are starting a fund on behalf of our dear friend.  Thank you for sharing in Alisa’s story and for responding as you are able.  Your thoughts, prayers and contributions are going to make her victorious!


            More about Alisa’s story.  . .

 
In late January, Alisa was diagnosed with stage IV cancer that originated on the ureter and has metastasized to the kidney and liver. The cancer is inoperable and five months of traditional chemotherapy was recommended as the course of treatment. 

Prior to her diagnosis, Tom and Alisa had lunch with a friend who had stage IV throat cancer and had been told there was nothing more to be done for him.  Unwilling to accept this bleak prognosis, this friend painstakingly researched other alternate treatment options and found the EuroMed Foundation in Phoenix AZ, where he went for treatment.  He is now cancer free.

After a lot of prayer and careful consideration, Alisa and Tom felt strongly that EuroMed was the right place for her treatment as well.  Alisa is currently in Phoenix receiving treatments, which may take six months or more.

Alisa’s treatment cost is $6,000 per week, none of which is covered under their insurance plan. These costs - along with the ancillary costs of being away from home during this time - have drastically changed the family’s financial situation, causing them to utilize all of their reserves and liquidate assets to get Alisa the treatment she needs in order to win this fight. 

 
            Be a part of Alisa’s Victory!


Perhaps Alisa or the Leonard family has touched your life. If you’d like to help, we ask for the following:

· Pray! Please keep Alisa, her family, and her medical treatment team in your prayers.

· Keep in touch! It’s difficult for the family to be separated while Alisa’s in treatment, so please let them know they are in your thoughts by leaving a comment or adding a photo on this page.

· Give!  Our goal to help this family is $100,000.  At $6,000 per week, this will help pay for about four months of treatment.

Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated and so important!   We look forward to the day Alisa has declared victory over cancer and is back home singing her heart out.  Thank you for being a part of that song!  


Tom's son Justin and his wife Kelly join the rest of the Leonard kids here in this family photo. Julia (9) and Shelby (7) love their "Gramma 'Lisa"!

Rachel, a junior in high school, chose to do online classes in order to be there supporting her mother in Phoenix.

Alisa receives an anonymous gift that brings a huge smile to her beautiful face! This gift came on February 19th, Tom and Alisa’s 22 wedding anniversary. Tom says it’s not from him. We are not so sure. He is after all a big teddy bear!




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Dearest Friends and Family,

Alisa is no longer a "newbie" at EuroMed. There are people that are just starting their treatments. One woman in week three. One couple just starting week two. One mother / daughter pair that just started week one. They look around for hope and ask many questions. They want stories and they want to see someone getting better. Alisa is now that person. Treatment over time has put her in that position. She is someone else's hope because Alisa is getting better. It is not a fast course but it is effective. Time and treatment, her diligence in her home care, and lots and lots of prayer to steady the mind and calm the spirit have created this space that has two purposes alone. Kill and heal.

Alisa shared her favorite bible verses this week and at the top of her list is Ecclesiastes 3:1-23. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

A time to kill and a time to heal. That is all she does and all she can do. It is the only thing to do and the only thing that is done. She doesn't sit out in the sun, go to the pool, go for hikes on the weekend or enjoy an evening "off". All she can do is kill and heal.

IPT kills cancer. Ozone saunas, rectal ozone treatments, ELTs, Vitamin C infusions, homeopathic drops that are powerful remedies for kidney, liver and immune system function, meditation, prayer, sleep, food and more sleep all heal and build the body. Monday and Thursdays are a time to kill. The rest of the time is a time to heal. The two together require all of the energy she has. What little she has to spare is spent on her kids.

Some people receiving treatment at EuroMed have envied Alisa's ability to receive two IPTs in one week. Some cannot handle that much kill. "Everybody is different" and "Do what works for you" are the words she has heard often that have now become her own. She finds subtle ways to manage her days to give herself that ability to be able to handle those two IPTS in one week knowing that the time to dance, embrace, build and reap is right around the corner.

No matter how she is feeling, Alisa smiles and introduces herself to those new people and in doing so gives them so much hope. Hope is sometimes the only thing that people have in the face of a diagnosis. In turn she is given hope when a friend comes back for "maintenance" on his way back to work.

Your support gives her strength and encourages her at every turn. When she reaches her wit's end, there is always a text or a card, a video or a bible verse that gets her back on track. You are such an important part of this process.

Tomorrow, Alisa starts week 10. It's so exciting! Because this is the week! This is the week the cancer dies and Alisa heals! They all are that week. She is resting now and gearing up. She is brave and determined and has an underlying sense of joy and victory that is also carrying her, just like the harness that carried her over the jungle as she ziplined on the very last day she felt symptom free. That was just three months ago. She had a symptom free morning on Saturday and made that connection.

There will be more symptom free days to come and in the meantime, there is lots to do. Tom is healing his back and getting ready to return to Phoenix. The kids are in their last semesters of school and wrapping up commitments and getting ready for summer work. Randvig and Douglas hold family meals and always welcome whoever shows up. Snow is getting removed. The sun is coming. The season is changing and soon it will be time for all of these opportunities to connect with the Tom and Alisa's community. Generous and selfless people have stepped forward in so many ways in support of Alisa's Victory! Many will dance on April 28th, snow or no! Join in and let's kick it up a notch! Alisa will LOVE that.

Highview Christiania has extended the end of the fund drive to allow more people to donate!

The Zumba / Dance Party Event is scheduled for April 28th! This is the kick-off for the Alisa Victory events and will be super fun for all, even if you don't Zumba! We can dance and shake up our lymphatic systems and sweat out the toxins for Alisa! Or have a cocktail and watch other people do it.
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Rachel's soccer community is doing an event! A fun culminating event is scheduled for May 29th. Tickets on sale soon with more details to follow about how to get in on the action!
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The Bogarts Benefit has been set for Sunday June 10 from 4pm to 9pm. Lots of details will be coming your way so mark your calendar for that evening of fun which will include bowling, lots of great music, and a silent auction.

Keys Charity Fund Annual Golf Tournament
http://www.keyscafe.com/keys-annual-golf-tournament
If you have a service or item that you would like to donate to a raffle or a silent auction, this is a great opportunity for you! Items are being collected and made ready for auction by Do Good Events in St. Paul. Please feel free to email Kara for more information about that.

As of last week the GoFundMe campaign has officially raised 50% of our goal! Thank you all so much for your generous donations. Every dollar donated goes directly to pay for Alisa's treatment. Please continue to share the campaign and we appreciate your continued support!
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Alisa is getting a blood transfusion today as she needs a little boost. Hoping to have a little energy to welcome Easter!
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Alisa enjoying a meal out with the fam and friends from EuroMed. Dave, now free of throat cancer, is on the end!
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Hi everyone :)


Today is a beautiful day in Phoenix and Tom, Rachel and I are adjusting back to the three of us after Caleb and Isaac headed home on Friday.  There was a lot of going to treatments followed by playing  cards at our “second” home.  Movies at night and lots of rest and the 5 days flew by.


I wanted to express my gratitude again to everyone who has sent cards, emails, texts, prayers, videos, money and especially love to me over these last 7 weeks.  Please know I get every message though I may not respond, most days  get away from me between going to the clinic, coming home and doing all my at home treatments, napping and eating!  I have heard from people that I haven’t talked to in almost 30 years, and I feel so blessed!  (Go class of ’88) Friday marked my 7th week from getting the diagnosis and it seems both like forever ago and yesterday all in the same breath. 

 
Tom always reminds me of how much better I am doing, which is helpful.   I must be doing better because this morning I cleaned up the kitchen.  I haven’t done that, let alone thought about it or even cared, for 7 weeks!

 
My doctors added some treatments this week, and we will see if I’m able to continue to do them.  It seems that when I get thrown into a new thing, it’s pretty hard on my body.  I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not because I know it’s detoxifying yet it seems to wipe me out for the weekend. But then, maybe next week it won’t be so bad!  I get a meeting with the doctors this Wednesday as I have now had 8 chemo sessions, so they will do a big blood draw and see how I’m sitting. We will let you know how that turns out via (my amazing sister) Kara who has been doing all of this correspondence. 


I’m signing off…. got to go do one of my treatments! 

Love to you all

Alisa

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