Fighting with the Allens

$30,420 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 387 people in 31 months
In 2013, the Allen family began a journey with cancer they never could have imagined would have taken so many twists and turns. It was then that a 14 year old Allie, a vibrant dancer at Schilling Middle School, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, anaplastic ependymoma grade 3. Allie underwent a successful surgery and many months of radiation treatment. Despite the toll it took on her physically, she continued to dance, smile and inspire everyone she came into contact with. For the past couple of years, she had gotten the best kind of news expected.."NERD", or "no evidence of recurrent disease". Then...
Just a few months ago, cancer's cruel irony would invade their home yet again. This time, it was Allies mom Debbi. After finding a lump, she was told the worst possible news. It was breast cancer, stage 3. She would need immediate surgery and chemotherapy. But Debbi's battle has been far from smooth. Three hospitalizations so far, very sick from the treatments destined to keep her cancer at bay. Only out of the hospital a little over a week, Debbi, Allie, her dad Eric and brother Zach set out for her 3 month scan at St. Jude just yesterday. To only receive more bad news...Allie's cancer is back. This time in a different spot in her brain, meaning it has spread. She will undergo surgery very soon and radiation treatments once again.
Obviously, the burden on this family is beyond what most bear in a lifetime. Please join me in praying for this precious family in the fights of their lives. And please consider a donation to ease the incredible financial burden cancer takes on a family. The Allens will need to rent an apartment close to St. Jude to be there for Allies daily treatments, and she will attend school there.

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. "--Psalm 46:1

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."--Matthew 21:22

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I know it's been awhile since an update was posted here. This is not one I wanted to share, but we need all prayer warriors rallying for Allie right now! Here goes:

A couple of weeks ago, when preparing Allie for what she thought would be several rounds of chemo, the doctors decided to take another in depth look at her pathology and MRI reports, and discovered what they thought was PNET has turned out to be a high grade glioma, which is an extremely aggressive cancer associated with low survival rates. So instead of proceeding forward with chemo, the doctors have made the decision to stop treatment for now as it would be ineffective and harmful in her situation. Allie was told this cancer will come back, whether in 2 months or 2 years, nobody knows. When it does come back, she will have her 3rd brain surgery if the location is operable. Additionally, brain and spine MRIs will continue for every 8 weeks. The next one will take place January 4. As Allie says so beautifully in her blog, the only medicine that can help her right now is prayer. Her neurologist shared this verse with her that has given her so much hope, from Phillipians 1:6, "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Allie is claiming this verse right now. I LOVE what she says next: "Statistics might be done with me, but God is not. I have a future and God has planned out my future...I am not ready to leave this world." Those are fighting words, from the strongest warrior I've ever known.

Would you join me in praying for this beautiful girl who inspires me every day? This family is so thankful for each and every one of you who has and will continue to support them via this fund and with your prayers. Believe me, it means the world to them. Let's keep on fighting with the Allen's!
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An update from Allie herself:
"With cranial spinal radiation comes lots and lots of terrible side effects. Today was my 15th round (almost halfway through) and so far I've already lost 7 pounds. I haven't had a real appetite in a while. Another side effect is nausea--which is the one I'm experiencing most. It's terrible. I'm on 3 different meds for it--sometimes they work, sometimes they don't--90% of the time you will see me with a green barf bag in my hand lol. I have been getting extremely sick and weak, which I really hate. It's so hard going from being an active dancer to not even being able to stand up long enough to brush my teeth some days. But it all comes in waves--one day I won't be able to walk or talk or eat much, while the next day I can feel fine and have energy to do whatever! The nerves in my brain that control the scents and taste are being affected by radiation, so everything to me tastes and smells like radiation--gross!
Now of course the side effect I was dreading the most--hair loss...
Last Wednesday was my 10th round, middle of week 3, when my doctor warned me my hair should be falling out. Wednesday afternoon I
Got out of the shower and brushed my hair and noticed it falling out. Of course I had a meltdown. It's easy for some people to say "it's just hair" but it's hard when you're a teenage girl. I've always been attached to my hair--would freak out if my hairdresser cut off an inch too short. And I always had fun dying my hair cool colors...it started in 5th grade when i dyed it pink if anyone remembers that haha. On Saturday the majority of my hair was falling out and it was just torture to watch. Sunday morning I woke up with about 2 chunks of hair left and I decided to pull a Britney Spears 2007 and shave my head. That was very hard for me to do but that's one thing I got over and am not stressing over it anymore. One of these pictures shows my scar now everyone can see it, but a scar is a tattoo with a better story, right?"
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Allie got to go home today and is resting well. She will be at St. Jude Monday morning for a series of appointments and tests before beginning whole brain and spine radiation. The Allen's have rented a downtown apartment to ease the dally burden of travel back and forth, and for Allies comfort.
We are almost halfway to our fundraising goal--woohoo! You guys are awesome. Please continue to share their story and if you haven't had a chance to contribute, do so today! This family is so humbled at the generosity of so many people, including those they don't even know. It is a huge blessing to them!
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Allies brain surgery is Tuesday morning. They will go in Monday night. Her doctor says, based on this tumors location, recovery will be a little easier than last time. And, there is no evidence of cancer in her spine. Also, Debbi completed chemo Friday. Some answered prayers for sure! Keep them coming!
And keep sharing this page....truly amazed by all the support! Incredible!!!!
Ready for MRI!
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Lisa Rose
28 months ago
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I read you are suffering from nausea and vomiting. Please, please...consider trying medical marijuana. I too was experiencing chemo induced nausea and tried pot and got INSTANT relief. It may even make your food taste better. Please ask your doctor about it because you don't need to be pumping more pills into your body to tolerate other meds. It's safe and has pleasant side effects. Good luck with your treatments. I'm rooting for you both!

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Faye Webber
28 months ago
1
1

Hey Beautiful girl , I lost my Beautiful girl to cancer 6 years ago after fighting cancer 3 times.. She was 19 .. she lost her hair all three times.. It is only Hair and Your Beauty is in who you are .. Macey taught me that.. . she was diagnosed before the genome, You have the the best doctors and the best treatment with the help of the genome .. Stay strong and You are a Beautiful girl inside and out...

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Soheil Roshan
28 months ago
1
1

Hey, if you read this, please message me about hemp oil. I do not sell hemp oil but I know recipes of making anti-cancer hemp oil. Oil actually will recess the cancer back. It pains me to see another person go through life without knowing about the wonders of herbal and fungal medicine. Reishi mushrooms also carry anti cancer properties. Start eating veggies! I promise you no cancer will have any balls to stand next to such a beautiful person such as yourself again... Modern medicine sucks. If we expect them to fix anything then ill just give my life to them right now! By the time we realize that chemo and radiation therapy is absolutely one of the most prized possessions in the fight against cancer but is actually one of the most useless inventions of our time. While it does work, it gives you the worst side effects and I hope Im not making you feel bad by thinking more about the side effects but please don't hesitate and message me up! I want to help with all natural medicine! ♥ ♥ ♥ :)

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Rich Messler
28 months ago
1
1

I'm praying for you and your mom. You are both beautiful ladies. Keep on smiling and think positive thoughts. God Bless. From Rich in Powhatan, VA

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Stephanie Lagermann
27 months ago

Hi Allie! You are beautiful with the shaved head!! Back in March, I shaved my head for St. Baldrick's to raise money for childhood cancer research. It was the first time since I was a child that I had short hair. Like you, I loved my hair long and enjoyed dying it different colors! But, shaving it for a good cause was super easy for me. I have gotten a TON of compliments over the last 7 months. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful you are! Good luck to you!

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Les Peachey
28 months ago

Whats their address?I will send them the book,the essiac cure for cancer.No hype,no cost,no networking!Thousands of cases cured,without the ugly side effects!

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Makaila Little
28 months ago

stay strong allie! you've always inspired me since 7th grade honor choir!!!!:) psalms 73:26

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Robert Fyke
28 months ago

My family will keep your family in our prayers. What a great attitude you have given the situation. Stay strong, stay focused, keep smiling there are 1000's of us rooting you both on!!!

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Julliana Carpenter
28 months ago

Hi Allie, I'm Juliana and I'm from Brazil, I am praying for you and your family, I want you to never give up the faith of God and Jesus Christ, you will get out of this has Faith, I will this here with you, I will raises money to help you promise in treatment Never give up nothing, every second live life, wanted to know more you can not, then well, I'm relying on you ... I admire kisses juliana♥

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Tamica Sanchez
28 months ago

My heart goes out to your family! I pray you guys kick this cancer in the butt!!! Please dont ever give up faith or hope ladies, although we dont understand life I just pray God passes understanding to you and you understand to a certain exstent, and I pray you both find peace that He left with us. God bless and lots of love!!!From Tamica in Halstead KS

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Dana Hornchak Marciante
29 months ago

Praying for you and you mom. Stay strong. You are beautiful inside and out. Keep on smiling and kick cancers but

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13 months ago

God Bless

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25 months ago
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Nick Molina
25 months ago

Best wishes Allen Family, God Bless! My prayers are with you...

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Tina Verrelli
25 months ago

Hugs and Prayers!

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Robin Shipley
26 months ago

Praying for all of you , with much love - may God Bless you this Christmas! On behalf of the entire Shipley Family!

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Lisa Rose
28 months ago
2
2

I read you are suffering from nausea and vomiting. Please, please...consider trying medical marijuana. I too was experiencing chemo induced nausea and tried pot and got INSTANT relief. It may even make your food taste better. Please ask your doctor about it because you don't need to be pumping more pills into your body to tolerate other meds. It's safe and has pleasant side effects. Good luck with your treatments. I'm rooting for you both!

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Faye Webber
28 months ago
1
1

Hey Beautiful girl , I lost my Beautiful girl to cancer 6 years ago after fighting cancer 3 times.. She was 19 .. she lost her hair all three times.. It is only Hair and Your Beauty is in who you are .. Macey taught me that.. . she was diagnosed before the genome, You have the the best doctors and the best treatment with the help of the genome .. Stay strong and You are a Beautiful girl inside and out...

+ Read More
Soheil Roshan
28 months ago
1
1

Hey, if you read this, please message me about hemp oil. I do not sell hemp oil but I know recipes of making anti-cancer hemp oil. Oil actually will recess the cancer back. It pains me to see another person go through life without knowing about the wonders of herbal and fungal medicine. Reishi mushrooms also carry anti cancer properties. Start eating veggies! I promise you no cancer will have any balls to stand next to such a beautiful person such as yourself again... Modern medicine sucks. If we expect them to fix anything then ill just give my life to them right now! By the time we realize that chemo and radiation therapy is absolutely one of the most prized possessions in the fight against cancer but is actually one of the most useless inventions of our time. While it does work, it gives you the worst side effects and I hope Im not making you feel bad by thinking more about the side effects but please don't hesitate and message me up! I want to help with all natural medicine! ♥ ♥ ♥ :)

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Rich Messler
28 months ago
1
1

I'm praying for you and your mom. You are both beautiful ladies. Keep on smiling and think positive thoughts. God Bless. From Rich in Powhatan, VA

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Stephanie Lagermann
27 months ago

Hi Allie! You are beautiful with the shaved head!! Back in March, I shaved my head for St. Baldrick's to raise money for childhood cancer research. It was the first time since I was a child that I had short hair. Like you, I loved my hair long and enjoyed dying it different colors! But, shaving it for a good cause was super easy for me. I have gotten a TON of compliments over the last 7 months. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful you are! Good luck to you!

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Les Peachey
28 months ago

Whats their address?I will send them the book,the essiac cure for cancer.No hype,no cost,no networking!Thousands of cases cured,without the ugly side effects!

+ Read More
Makaila Little
28 months ago

stay strong allie! you've always inspired me since 7th grade honor choir!!!!:) psalms 73:26

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Robert Fyke
28 months ago

My family will keep your family in our prayers. What a great attitude you have given the situation. Stay strong, stay focused, keep smiling there are 1000's of us rooting you both on!!!

+ Read More
Julliana Carpenter
28 months ago

Hi Allie, I'm Juliana and I'm from Brazil, I am praying for you and your family, I want you to never give up the faith of God and Jesus Christ, you will get out of this has Faith, I will this here with you, I will raises money to help you promise in treatment Never give up nothing, every second live life, wanted to know more you can not, then well, I'm relying on you ... I admire kisses juliana♥

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Tamica Sanchez
28 months ago

My heart goes out to your family! I pray you guys kick this cancer in the butt!!! Please dont ever give up faith or hope ladies, although we dont understand life I just pray God passes understanding to you and you understand to a certain exstent, and I pray you both find peace that He left with us. God bless and lots of love!!!From Tamica in Halstead KS

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Dana Hornchak Marciante
29 months ago

Praying for you and you mom. Stay strong. You are beautiful inside and out. Keep on smiling and kick cancers but

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