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Amy's Marathon to Fight Brain Cancer

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Raised by 730 people in 9 months
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Created November 2, 2018
Team Amy
on behalf of Steve Grotta
A month ago, Amy Holland was crushing 15 mile runs  with 4000 ft elevation gain, preparing for her next ultramarathon, about to start training for her next season on Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, and just recently found out she was finally accepted into nursing school for the coming year. 

This past Thursday, Amy collapsed while at home, and was rushed to the hospital in Truckee, where a CT scan diagnosed a mass on her brain. Amy was then immediately taken to Renown Regional Medical Center where the surgeon was able to complete a biopsy and resect the tumor.

Today,  Amy received the news that her tumor is one of the most aggressive types of brain cancer- a glioblastoma, with a poor prognosis. 

Already left paralyzed on the right side of her body and with significant speech difficulties, Amy has a long road to recovery ahead of her.  She is headed to inpatient rehabilitation for the next several weeks to regain her strength  and let her brain heal, just in time to start significant rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. 

Although things look significantly different for Amy right now,  we already know she's a crusher and powerhouse with the fiercest determination. And she's most definitely not a statistic!

Amy and her partner Steve has a lot of fighting to do over the next couple months. The medical bills for her first surgery are already piling up and it's only been a week. Soon to follow are the rehab and chemotherapy bills, household bills and rent, and no plan for her to be able to work in the foreseeable future. Join with us and help Amy fight for her Life.

All funds will go directly to pay for her initial hospital stay and surgery and anything above, to support her ongoing needs. 
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It is with a heavy heart that I update you that Amy Michelle Holland whispered her last breaths with us peacefully the morning of July 17th, 2019.

A courageous battle was fought, and Amy was able to finish her marathon with the same courage, beauty, grace and vulnerability that she started it with. Amy was lovingly supported by her partner Steve throughout her entire journey. Even with the chance for them to recently take a trip to Hawaii where they were able to kayak, snorkel and bask in the warmth of the sunshine and enjoy the goodness of life together.

Our sincerest thank you's to everyone that supported Amy and Steve and family on this journey, whether financially, with a small note, a visit or meal at the door. And though Amy's battle is over, I know that family and friends will continue to need your support as they try to come to terms with the enormous loss in their lives.

Many times Amy asked me how she would ever be able to say thank you to everyone who assisted her on this journey. But I think as a community, we say back to you Amy, thank you for sharing your eternal light, laughter, honesty, bravery and love with all those around you.

It is those very things that will keep us going amidst the deep pain of losing you my love.
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Guys! The doctors sent Amy home today!!! She ll be recovering from home and have her rehab team with her there over the next couple weeks! She looks so good I even threatened to get her in ski’s for opening day!
Now comes a lot of decision making for which path to take next with chemo and radiation to fight the incessant growth of the tumor. Let’s not forget even though she’s getting so strong again, Her physical and financial fight have just begun!
Most importantly, let’s join Amy at a huge fundraiser in Squaw Valley December 7th at Plumpjacks 5-9 pm, with after party at Auld Dubliner. The outpouring of love through raffle and silent auction item donations have been incredible and there’ll be plenty up for grabs that you won’t want to miss out on!!
Let’s tell Amy we’re with her All.The.Way!!!
The look of Amy breaking out!!
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We are over 2/3’s towards crushing our goal!!!! In the meantime, Amy’s working hard to crush the doctors expectations of her! They have already commented that her recovery has been a physical phenomenon! Amy will likely get to return home in the next week or two. Just in time for her fundraising party Friday December 7th at Plumpjacks! Put it in the schedule, can’t wait to celebrate life with her! More details to follow.
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Guys!!!!! We’re over halfway to meeting our goal in 3 days alone!!! You are all incredible. Let’s remember that Amy’s only started her million mile journey and let’s help her get all the way! Look at this lady’s energy and smile despite her prognosis and scars!
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