Never Too Young for Breast Cancer

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Raised by 161 people in 64 months
This is my beautiful sister, Allyson. She is 26 years old, a hair stylist and model. On April 13th she embarked on a true journey:a fight for her life when she heard the doctor say, "You have breast cancer."

She will be having a bilateral mastectomy on May 20th followed with reconstructive surgery six weeks later. Her journey will also include undergoing chemotherapy treatments; all at the age of 26. 
Many of you reading this have either had the unfortunate and devastating news of being diagnosed with breast cancer or you have a friend/family member that was diagnosed with a form of cancer at some point. It not only affects a patient's physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, but being diagnosed with cancer has a significant financial impact on the patient and their families.

Most patients, like Allyson, incur additional costs as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis. These can include direct medical costs such as those associated with seeing oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, and radiation oncologists. Then there are costs associated with buying medications to help alleviate the symptoms of cancer and the side-effects of treatment. For many patients, like my sister Allyson, the additional costs incurred can be substantial.

With all of your help, we can bring Allyson some relief during her journey by reducing this financial burden of breast cancer care in her fight to beat breast cancer!
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I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on how Allyson is doing and how her treatments are going. As most of you are already aware, Allyson had a bilateral mastectomy on May 20th, which went very well, but her recovery was and still is on some days, pretty rough. She has also started daily fertility treatments, which means, that by this upcoming weekend the doctors will hopefully be able to harvest numerous mature follicles (eggs) and freeze them for Allyson’s future. Without the help and support of all of you, this wouldn’t have been possible. So once again, I want to express how grateful and appreciative I am for all of your generosity!
Next week, Allyson will be getting a port put into place and her 20 week long chemotherapy treatments will begin on June 17th. Please continue to keep Allyson in your thoughts and prayers as she endures her battle with breast cancer.

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I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. An act of kindness deserves the words "thank you very much"; what I have witnessed over the past day and a half deserves much more than that because those words do not truly communicate my sincerity and appreciation. I come to you all with a humble heart, knowing I will never be able to repay the debt of gratefulness that is in my heart for helping and loving my sister.
There is a famous educator, named Jean Baptiste Massieu, who once made a statement that is now considered a French proverb. He said, "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." The head keeps an account of all the benefits you received and gave. But the heart records the feelings of appreciation, humility, and generosity that one feels when someone showers you with kindness. I want you all to know that my appreciation comes from a place of gratefulness that only exists from the depth of my heart.
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I just got off the phone with Allyson and I have to say that I am absolutely speechless with the amount of support and donations that have come in...and in only 3 hours! Neither of us expected this and am so thankful for each and every one of you. Even if you don't have the ability to give a donation, please share this link via facebook..etc. If nothing more, I know Allyson wants everyone to know that 20 year olds CAN and DO get breast cancer!
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I also wanted to share with everyone an additional and unique issue many young women with breast cancer face..fertility. One of my sister's biggest dreams in life is to become a mom but the treatments she will need to help preserve her fertility are very costly and not covered by any insurance. I want thank each and everyone of you in advance for any and all of your support and help!
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Valerie Kulis
64 months ago

Allyson you will be truly amazed at the out pouring of love and care coming your way! You do your job getting healty, the docs will do theirs, god will be with you and leave the rest to your friends , family, and loving strangers.... We will have you covered💞 fight like a girl

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Lisa Thornton
64 months ago

I truly want to thank Allyson for sharing her story. When I first saw her post I was in complete shock. I am 25 and healthy and never thought about breast exams. Upon seeing the post, I decided to check myself just to be safe. Low and behold I found a lump immediately. With some testing it was revealed my lump was nothing to worry about. I shared Ayllson's story with several close friends and loved ones. Unfortunately one was not so lucky and she is now embarking on the same tough journey. By sharing her journey Allyson literally may have helped save a life!

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Raised by 161 people in 64 months
Created May 8, 2014
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Anonymous
3 months ago
$5
Ryan Burbey
51 months ago
JA
$50
Joseph Arsenault
59 months ago
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Daniel Nilan
59 months ago
MC
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Megan Campbell
59 months ago

Fight on girlfriend!!!

JB
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Jim Britton
60 months ago

You will be in my prayers. I pray that God puts you in His arms and that you find your strength in Him.

JB
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Jess Barrett
60 months ago
MK
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Margaret Murray Kolk
60 months ago

Allyson, Your mom, dad and I grew up and went to school together. Your dad told me about your journey. I am sending love and prayers for you to win this fight and carry on with the wonderful life you deserve.

RD
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Rachel Delahunty
61 months ago
JB
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Jim Bonner
61 months ago
Valerie Kulis
64 months ago

Allyson you will be truly amazed at the out pouring of love and care coming your way! You do your job getting healty, the docs will do theirs, god will be with you and leave the rest to your friends , family, and loving strangers.... We will have you covered💞 fight like a girl

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Lisa Thornton
64 months ago

I truly want to thank Allyson for sharing her story. When I first saw her post I was in complete shock. I am 25 and healthy and never thought about breast exams. Upon seeing the post, I decided to check myself just to be safe. Low and behold I found a lump immediately. With some testing it was revealed my lump was nothing to worry about. I shared Ayllson's story with several close friends and loved ones. Unfortunately one was not so lucky and she is now embarking on the same tough journey. By sharing her journey Allyson literally may have helped save a life!

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