Amy’s Chemo and Care Funding

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Raised by 305 people in 19 months

Amy L. Schnitzler, daughter of our beloved Rochester Gymnastic s Academy JO Men’s Coach Gary Schnitzler, was born in Rochester, NY twenty seven years ago.  Throughout the years she has brought joy to many with her beautiful operatic voice. She studied vocal music at Nazareth College and received her bachelor’s degree in 2011.  She started auditioning at several colleges around the country to further her studies at graduate school.  She was honored with acceptance to Peabody Institute at John Hopkins, Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and Rider University. This was to be her most difficult cross road until she was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after.

In January 2016 she was seen in an Urgent Care for a lump she found under her arm. She was told not to worry as she was healthy and no concerning family history. In April during auditions she noticed more lumps and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May of 2016 she underwent a double mastectomy followed by hormone therapy, soon after she had reconstruction surgery. In November 2016 she noticed a “rash on her incision”. Biopsy revealed more cancer. Subsequent testing, CT scan and bone scan, revealed spots on her lungs. She now requires aggressive chemo therapy treatment for stage 4 breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs. She now requires aggressive chemo therapy treatment for stage 4 breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs.

 This has been an astounding and shocking diagnosis for a 27 year old woman to experience in her most adventurous, productive, and tender years. Not only has this been emotionally draining for Amy and her family, it has caused immense financial strain.

Rochester Gymnastics Academy staff, family, and friends have joined together to bring forward this Go Fund Me site to offer our assistance to offset some of the financial burdens, such as treatments, medicines, travel, and any other unknown or unexpected costs.  It is tough enough to endure this emotional journey, much less keep up with the financial demands.  It is our hope that we can offer financial relief to an already taxed woman and her family.

Amy and her family thank you for your warm thoughts, prayers, and giving in this time of need.

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In November, Amy noticed a rash along her incision. A biopsy was performed and it was determined that she now had Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. The cancer had spread to her lungs. After much anguish, she began chemotherapy on November 29, 2016. Her treatments were dose dense. Over the course of the next 8 weeks, she received adriomyacin and cytoxin infusions. This particular combination resulted in extreme nausea, hair loss, and fatigue. This infusion was given with a heavy dose of steroids that negatively impacted her ability to sleep. She also received Nulasta shots the day after each infusion to help rebuild the blood cells that the chemo destroyed. The next 8 weeks she was given Taxol. Unfortunately Amy had a reaction to this. She was put on steroids for 6 days. She saw an allergist who prescribed a protocol to follow for the remaining infusions. Throughout this, Amy tried to exercise daily. She was featured on NBC Nightly News. ( http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/exercise-best-cure-fatigue-caused-cancer-study-n728241). Most helpful to her were her weekly acupuncture appointments ($65 per appointment, not covered by her insurance). Since completing her last chemotherapy treatment on March 9, Amy had CT and bone scans. The bone scans showed no evidence of cancer in her bones. The CT scan showed improvement (a shrink in the size of the measurable tumors), but still nodule involvement in the lungs.
Amy is struggling with depression and treatment decisions. The therapist she had been seeing is experienced in working with people having metastatic cancer, but does not take her insurance. At $90 per session, we are no longer able to afford this and are looking for a new therapist.
Her Integrative MD, medical marijuana, mistletoe injections (John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore is conducting clinical trials), high dose Vitamin C infusions, and supplements are not covered by insurance either. We are expecting to have further testing (Foundation 1- a genomic test that looks at the makeup of the tumor to shed light on what is driving the growth, and what would be an effective treatment). This will most likely not be covered by insurance. Ridiculous, right? We are continually looking at and investigating clinical trials that she qualifies for based on her diagnosis and stage.
We are so appreciative of the generosity of others that has enabled Amy to benefit from uncovered treatments. Amy has $2,665 left in her GoFundMe account which will be used to continue on this path as long as we can. We are grateful for your past and continued support.
Amy & Judy Schnitzler
Amy and Riley having fun!
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Amy and I will be forever grateful for your generosity. Currently the funds are being used for her complementary therapies which are not covered by her insurance. These include high dose Vitamin C IV's twice a week, weekly acupuncture, mistletoe injections three times a week, appointments with her Integrative MD, and a variety of daily supplements to support her health and lessen the side effects as she goes through chemotherapy treatments. We are also looking into hyperthermia treatments, which are used routinely in Germany and Canada.
This diagnosis and treatment has taken quite a toll on Amy, both physically and emotionally. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
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I have assigned ownership of the Fund over to Amy's Mother, Judith.
She will be handling the withdrawal of the funds to assist in Amy's recovery.
I would like to thank everyone for the generosity and support.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Amy and her family.
Barry Coss
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Cindi Telaro
18 months ago

Amy you are in my Thoughts and Prayer's, You will get through this, You are a very strong young lady ♡

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Bonnie Gfeller DePuy
19 months ago

Praying for you.

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Raised by 305 people in 19 months
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Barb Buckley
3 months ago

Prayers and love.

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Foad A.
6 months ago

Love your beautiful voice...

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9 months ago
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Cindi Telaro
18 months ago

Amy you are in my Thoughts and Prayer's, You will get through this, You are a very strong young lady ♡

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Bonnie Gfeller DePuy
19 months ago

Praying for you.

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