Amanda Leigh Currie Memorial Fund

$9,005 of $20k goal

Raised by 152 people in 17 months
Christopher Winslow
on behalf of Gail Holmes
 CHICOPEE, MA

Dear family and friends of Amanda Leigh Currie,

It breaks our heart to share this news on here, but on Thursday evening, August 18th, our niece passed away peacefully after her courageous battle with brain and spine cancer.

Thank you, from the bottom of Amanda's entire family's hearts, for all of your donations that helped Amanda fight so hard. Amanda knew of all of your contributions, and she heard all of your messages to her.

With a heavy heart, I am now modifying this campaign to one that will help Amanda's family pay for the numerous costs that they will incur as they plan Amanda's funeral. All incoming donations will now go toward these expenses.

Thank you for all of the love and generosity that you have shown to Amanda. Every donation has made a huge difference, and Amanda was always in awe of the incredible generosity that you all showed her. Each of you helped keep her spirits high through her tough battle.

Sincerely,
Amanda's Uncle Chris and Auntie Carline


Original Campaign Description:

"I am so thankful for my family, my friends, and most importantly my life!!"
-Amanda's facebook post, Thanksgiving Day 2015

 Amanda's upbeat spirit, contagious smile, and overall positive attitude on life would lead you to believe that all is going as planned in our 23-year-old niece's life.  However, early this fall, while completing her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with the hopes of becoming a teacher, plans quickly changed as Amanda was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.  Amanda has already undergone one brain surgery to remove most of 2 connected tumors, and she has begun a long course of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.  She has remained mentally strong and positive over the last few months, yet she knows that she has a tough road ahead of her.


As Amanda's aunt and uncle, we have decided to create this GoFundMe campaign in the hopes that we can help defray the upcoming costs (both medical and non-medical) that Amanda and her family will (and already have) encounter.  Anyone who is close to Amanda knows that every penny will help, as the full-time care/supervision that Amanda's mother has provided over the last 16 years for Amanda's youngest brother (with special needs) has led to an already tough financial situation for the family.  We are unsure as to what costs will arise in the near future, but there's sure to be plenty of unexpected medical/non-medical bills (home, automotive transportation, personal comfort, etc.) involved in Amanda's care.  Amanda does not have the ability to work, so finances will be extremely tight for quite some time.

Amanda's close-knit family has already shown the kind of love that only family can truly provide, as her cousin, brothers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents spent many long days and nights constructing an amazing 100+ foot wheelchair ramp at her grandparents' house (where she is currently living) so that she can safely get in/out of the house.  The ramp comes complete with a handmade Batman symbol (Amanda's favorite superhero) to help keep her spirits up!  Photos of the ramp can be seen below.  The ramp's materials alone cost a great deal of money, and this bill is currently sitting on a Home Depot credit card.  We are hoping that we can at least raise enough funds to pay off this bill. 

All funds donated to this GoFundMe account go directly to a bank account in Amanda's and Gail Holmes' (Amanda's grandmother) name.  All funds will be used to help Amanda's family cover all of the costs associated with Amanda's funeral.

Please read below for Amanda's story and more photos.  We would like to thank everyone in advance who will be able to financially help Amanda and her family.  And for anyone who is not able to contribute financially, we sincerely appreciate and thank you for your prayers, positive thoughts, and well-wishes, as these are just as helpful!  Amanda has a tough road ahead of her, but if anyone can fight through this, Amanda can!

Thanks again, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of your generosity. 

Sincerely,
Amanda's Aunt and Uncle,
Carline and Chris


Amanda's Story:  

September 2015:

In early Fall 2015, Amanda started experiencing soreness in her back and went to see a doctor who recommended stretching exercises.  A couple weeks later, she still wasn't feeling any better, and she began feeling rundown...a feeling which continued to progress.  She went to see another doctor because she was having persistent massive headaches (which she described as a "pain heartbeat in my temples") in addition to the overall sick feeling, and he started treating her for what he thought was a sinus infection.  Not long after, on Wednesday, September 23rd, Amanda started experiencing triple-vision.  Finally, on Sunday, after having had enough, Amanda went to an Urgent Care facility, and after describing her symptoms, she was immediately sent to the Baystate Hospital ER for a CAT scan and MRI of her brain.  The results from these tests showed that Amanda had 2 connected masses in her brain, and one was pressing against her optic nerve.  The following day, Monday, Amanda went in for brain surgery.  After undergoing surgery to remove the masses, the biopsy showed that the cause of Amanda's symptoms was Glioblastoma.  Amanda received a 2nd and 3rd opinion from Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Hospital, and all agreed with the diagnosis and course of treatment.  Amanda has begun her long course of radiation and chemotherapy, and she may undergo a 2nd brain surgery after her treatment has been completed.  Amanda may then receive care from Dana Farber in the form of clinical trials.


Amanda has experienced the hair-loss side effects of chemotherapy, but her amazing smile and incredible personality make it all that much less noticeable!...

Thanksgiving Day, 2015:
....and, by the way, she spent Thanksgiving night building a plaster volcano with our son; Nothing stops Amanda!!

....and, how does Amanda view hair loss?....As a way to try out new hair, of course!:
Amanda has remained positive through everything, and she hasn't let anything affect her great personality...


....nor her ghostbusting skills...

...nor her love of Batman...

...nor her love for this fellow...
(...so, if anyone knows either him or Batman...)

Let's help Amanda stay tough and keep her smiling!

And, after everything she has already gone through, she still thinks of others first...

"Please go home and take care of my [special needs brother].  He needs you."
-Spoken by Amanda, who put her brother's needs above her own, to her mother, who did not want to leave Amanda's side a few days after brain surgery as Amanda recovered at the Rehab Center.


Photos of Amanda's ramp, hand-built by her family:



 

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Update 6
Posted by Amanda's Aunt and Uncle
8 months ago
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8/23/2016 GoFundMe Update: Thank you SO much to everyone who has donated to Amanda Leigh Currie's Memorial GoFundMe campaign to help her family with all of her funeral expenses. There have been a number of wonderful donations sent in today alone, and I want to make sure that EVERYONE knows just how appreciated every donation is by Amanda's family (I am VERY excited to see all of the new $10 donations that have come in today!). I also want to let everyone know that this GoFundMe campaign is the same one that was used for Amanda's medical bills since I created it back in the winter, so the current GoFundMe donation total is not what's still available for Amanda's large funeral expenses (as much of it was already used to help Amanda during her treatments), which makes every new donation that much more important and appreciated by Amanda's mother and family. I know that this update will automatically post to Facebook, so if you would like to share this post on your Facebook pages, please do, as this will be extremely helpful to the campaign. Also, please note that, when this message is shared through a mobile source, this text is often erased, so please copy and paste this message into your share.

Thanks again for the love and support that you showed Amanda during the last 11 months...and for the love and support you have continued to show to her family. As Amanda would say: "You are all AWESOME!"

Sincerely,
Amanda's Uncle Chris and Auntie Carline
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Update 5
Posted by Amanda's Aunt and Uncle
8 months ago
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Dear family and friends of Amanda Leigh Currie,

It breaks our heart to share this news on here, but on Thursday evening, our niece passed away peacefully after her courageous battle with brain and spine cancer.

Thank you, from the bottom of Amanda's entire family's hearts, for all of your donations that helped Amanda fight so hard. Amanda knew of all of your contributions, and she heard all of your messages to her.

With a heavy heart, I am now modifying this campaign to one that will help Amanda's family pay for the numerous costs that they will incur as they plan Amanda's funeral. All incoming donations will now go toward these expenses.

Thank you for all of the love and generosity that you have shown to Amanda. Every donation has made a huge difference, and Amanda was always in awe of the incredible generosity that you all showed her. Each of you helped keep her spirits high through her tough battle.

Sincerely,
Amanda's Uncle Chris and Auntie Carline

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Update 4
Posted by Amanda's Aunt and Uncle
8 months ago
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8/7/2016 Update: Thanks to everyone who was able to come out today to Amanda's Benefit in Chicopee, MA! Tianna, Amanda's best friend, did an AMAZING job of coordinating the entire event (Thanks, Tianna!). Also, a big thanks to the band "Emotion" for entertaining us with incredible live music all day long...

ABC40 covered today's event, and the story was featured at the top of the 10pm and 11pm newscasts. (Thank you for the coverage!) The online article can be read here:

http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/32705198/family-friends-hold-fundraiser-for-chicopee-woman-with-brain-cancer

Thanks again to everyone who has helped support Amanda financially and emotionally. Every contribution to Amanda and her family, in ANY way, is extremely appreciated and helpful. Please continue to send Amanda your well-wishes, thoughts, and prayers...

Sincerely,
Amanda's Uncle Chris and Aunt Carline

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Update 3
Posted by Amanda's Aunt and Uncle
9 months ago
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7/29/2016 Update:

Amanda's friend, Tianna, is holding a "Live Music Benefit for Amanda" on Sunday, August 7th, from 2 to 8pm, in Chicopee, MA. For more details or to RSVP for this great event, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1242147129142718/

The details of the event, written by Tianna, follow:

"Hi everyone!

I'm throwing a live music event benefit featuring the band Emotion - Live Entertainment For Every Occasion! for Amanda. There will be food, raffles, games/prizes, a cash bar, live music (duh), and other activities as well! My sister has volunteered to give little henna tattoos. It will be kid AND adult friendly. I would love for you all to come. PLEASE click "going" if you'd like to buy a ticket at the door and also PLEASE feel free to spread the word!

Conventional treatments aren't consistently available to her and the non-traditional ones are not covered by insurance. Also, her family is making some renovations to their home to better accommodate her situation.

If you would like to attend, tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, 3 and under are free. Please message me (Tianna) or email me at <see facebook post above> to buy tickets ahead of time or give donations. :)"
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Monique Mac
9 months ago

You got to Read and study the vegetarian side of beating Cancer. Read on Amazon or Library 1 Hulda Rudger Clark The Cure for all Advanced Cnacers. Three Herbs Cloves, Wormwood and Black Walnut Hull on Dr CLark. com Act as Pesticide in 24 hours. 2 vegetarian Books My Crazy Sexy Cancer Kriss Karr Lymph Cancer Survivor, Marrielle Hemmingway's Husband, Mary Low Henner's Husband , SuSanna Sommers also see her websight on Pancratic Enzymes for HAir and Nails after Chemo. 3 Cancer Contol Society has an Event at Universal Studios end of August with all the Cancer Authors . Also Cancer Tour of Mexico. Natural Cancer Retreats in Rosirtia Beach and Santa Barbara. Being a Vegetarian is mostly it. Omega 3 is good. Vitamin C Linus Pauling won Pulitizer. India turmeric and Cucumin. So many ways to Beat this! I will try to send a couple books at a time. I need your address to mail them . Also on Amazon or Library and Web downloads and Web Sights of authors. Ask your Doctor about Salad and Green smoothies ( 1/3 Green Leafy Vegetables and 1/3 Fruit and 1/3 Ice Water) also get a Nutritionist on team. God Love ya! Monique

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Monique Mac
9 months ago

Amanda! I hope you feel Better soon! Amazing you got to meet Johnny Depp! How Cool. Hope you had a good time a t the Show. Val Kilmer Batman Forever is now an Artist too. He does these Amazing Paintings. Sometimes wen someone buys the bigger paintings he will come personally deliver them . See ValKilmer.com He is filming in New York Right now. He is also super nice to people on his website. You GO BATGIRL! You can do this ! Plus getting to Hang out with Johnny Depp who is good friends with Tim Burton Director of Batman . You really send out the Bat signal Girl!

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Toni Sullivan
9 months ago

Amanda.. I was at the concert and heard them say your name.. Many prayers for you. Xxoo

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$9,005 of $20k goal

Raised by 152 people in 17 months
Created December 2, 2015
Christopher Winslow  
on behalf of Gail Holmes
JC
$50
Joshua Cabili
7 months ago
1
1

Did not know her very well but as a tutor I'd see her a lot in the Math Center with friends. I'd even let them stay later than my shift as long as they cleaned and locked up after themselves. Never heard a peep from any of the staff so she always held up her end of the deal. Rest in peace Golden Bear.

MD
$75
Maurice and Jean Dumont
8 months ago

Maurice and I are so sorry for your loss. Amanda was a beautiful young lady. We were so sorry we couldn't make the memorial service but hope this will help. Love you all and will keep you in our prayers

SF
$100
Sopet - Liebman Family
8 months ago
1
1

We are all so very sorry for the loss of Amanda. May she live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

CI
$20
Cortny Ingalls
8 months ago
$25
Anonymous
8 months ago
JM
$10
JoAnn Marraccini
8 months ago

My thoughts and prayers to all

LW
$100
Lynn Wood
8 months ago

Much sympathy to all. Love, Lynn, Kelly, Matt, Alex and Mia

SH
$30
Sheila Hanifin
8 months ago
JD
$40
Jessica Deslauriers
8 months ago
GC
$100
Ginger Chicos
8 months ago
Monique Mac
9 months ago

You got to Read and study the vegetarian side of beating Cancer. Read on Amazon or Library 1 Hulda Rudger Clark The Cure for all Advanced Cnacers. Three Herbs Cloves, Wormwood and Black Walnut Hull on Dr CLark. com Act as Pesticide in 24 hours. 2 vegetarian Books My Crazy Sexy Cancer Kriss Karr Lymph Cancer Survivor, Marrielle Hemmingway's Husband, Mary Low Henner's Husband , SuSanna Sommers also see her websight on Pancratic Enzymes for HAir and Nails after Chemo. 3 Cancer Contol Society has an Event at Universal Studios end of August with all the Cancer Authors . Also Cancer Tour of Mexico. Natural Cancer Retreats in Rosirtia Beach and Santa Barbara. Being a Vegetarian is mostly it. Omega 3 is good. Vitamin C Linus Pauling won Pulitizer. India turmeric and Cucumin. So many ways to Beat this! I will try to send a couple books at a time. I need your address to mail them . Also on Amazon or Library and Web downloads and Web Sights of authors. Ask your Doctor about Salad and Green smoothies ( 1/3 Green Leafy Vegetables and 1/3 Fruit and 1/3 Ice Water) also get a Nutritionist on team. God Love ya! Monique

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Monique Mac
9 months ago

Amanda! I hope you feel Better soon! Amazing you got to meet Johnny Depp! How Cool. Hope you had a good time a t the Show. Val Kilmer Batman Forever is now an Artist too. He does these Amazing Paintings. Sometimes wen someone buys the bigger paintings he will come personally deliver them . See ValKilmer.com He is filming in New York Right now. He is also super nice to people on his website. You GO BATGIRL! You can do this ! Plus getting to Hang out with Johnny Depp who is good friends with Tim Burton Director of Batman . You really send out the Bat signal Girl!

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Toni Sullivan
9 months ago

Amanda.. I was at the concert and heard them say your name.. Many prayers for you. Xxoo

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