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Angelina Domenici Leukemia Fund

$17,905 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 237 people in 7 months
Created July 10, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
Today my brother and his wife received news no parent should have to hear. After noticing their daughter was pale and bruising easily, they took her to their doctor. Their 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Angelina was immediately admitted to Hasbro Children's Hospital, and will undergo surgery for a chemo port to be inserted into her chest. She will start chemo right away. Angelina will have to be at Hasbro for a minimum of one month. This is called the 'induction phase' where aggressive chemo is performed to kill as much of the leukemia cells as possible so her bone marrow can start to produce healthy cells once again. If all goes well, Angelina can come home after one month and will visit the hospital once a week for additional chemo treatments. This is what they refer to as the 'consolidation phase', and usually lasts 4-6 months. Finally,  if all continues to go well, she will proceed into the maintenance phase of chemo treatments for an additional 2-3 years. 
I am asking for your help so that Michael and Mayra can take time from their jobs and be by Angelina's side at the hospital during this initial phase, as you can imagine how frightened she is. Mike and Mayra will be struggling enough emotionally, if I can help ease their financial struggles, I know it will help them a lot to focus on what's most important! It is my hope and prayer that through family and friends, we can help them navigate through this difficult time so they can be there for Angelina. Her first words to her Dad upon hearing her diagnosis were, "Am I going to die?" I can't imagine what it felt like to hear their little girl say those words! 
Please keep Angelina in your prayers! She is one tenacious little girl and I know through our prayers and her resilience, she is going to fight this!   
Love and blessings to all!
The Domenici Family
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Hey Team Angelina!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on our very brave and beautiful girl. I think I was just trying to allow for some normalcy for Angelina and her family.
It’s such a miracle how much she has battled and what she’s overcome! I know you all would agree!
So, Angelina’s treatments are completed in phases. The initial phase was the induction phase, and presently she is in and will continue in the consolidation phase for a total of 27 weeks. These first two phases consist of very intensive chemo treatments. Though the first phase resulted in her entire summer in the hospital, she’s been able to manage the second phase from home. She goes to the hospital twice a week for her chemo treatments and every 9 weeks she gets a lumbar puncture, which means they insert chemo into her spinal fluid to protect the spine and brain from cancer cells, as it can often recur in that area.
When Angelina completes the consolidation phase she will move into the continuation phase for about 70 weeks. She will continue with chemo pills during that time.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Because IT IS! And she continues to endure the discomfort, the headaches, the nausea, the fatigue while maintaining a positive spirit and a beautiful smile. That is our badass warrior child and we couldn’t be any more proud of her!
Also, Angelina’s right eye continues to improve and hopefully it won’t be long before she no longer needs to wear the patch.
As far as school goes, Angelina has been working with tutors from home and staying on track with her studies. Her strength and perseverance continue to amaze us all.
So once again, I thank each and every one of you for the love and support you’ve given to Angelina and her family during this time. It wasn’t that long ago when doctors told her mom and dad not to leave her side, that she likely wouldn’t make it through the night, and I truly believe it was the thousands of prayers from all of you that pulled her through. We will forever be grateful.
So please continue to pray for Angelina and her complete remission. It means so much to us.

With much love and gratitude,
The Domenici Family
Angelina and Milly, her Christmas puppy
Angelina, Reison, and her Mom and Dad
Angelina and her brother Reison
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Hey Team Angelina!

Just a quick update on how our sweet girl is doing. Tuesday she went into Hasbro for a heavy chemo treatment, so she's been there since because they want to flush her system of it before she goes home. She's feeling pretty yucky, naturally, but will likely feel better in a few days. Hopefully by Sunday she will go home.

Great news! Angelina is getting around now on her own! She's walking without a walker or any assistance. Getting stronger each day! She continues to amaze and inspire all of us with her tenacious spirit! I absolutely love this picture of her with Mama, Auntie Laurie, and cousins Kaylyn and Emily. She's so beautiful! Please continue to pray for her for strength, healing, and complete remission always!

With love and gratitude,
The Domenici Family
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Dear Team Angelina!
We are beyond overjoyed to share with you that our precious Angelina is home today! She has made great progress with physical therapy and has been growing stronger. She fought hard! She is a little badass to the core and there was no way she was going to be defeated with her resilience, her Mom, Dad's and brothers constant (I mean constant) love and support and care! And of course all of your prayers! Because nobody fights alone! Angelina's cancer is currently in remission. She will continue to go for her treatments and care at Hasbro each week. I want to give a HUGE shout out to the nurses and doctors at Hasbro Children's Hospital for their expertise and attention to detail in their care for Angelina. The nurses in particular showed Angelina and her family so much love and genuine concern.
She is one happy little girl to be home and as you can see in these pics, she came home to a fabulous surprise. Twenty One Pilots painted on her wall! Courtesy of Bonnie Turner and Cliff Claire! Amazing art work!
Please continue to keep Angelina in your prayers as she still has much work to do and lots of healing. We are so grateful for each of you and we don't know how we would have gotten through this without your love and generosity. Our hearts are filled with gratitude!
Much love and God bless each of you!
~ The Domenici Family
A bittersweet farewell!
Oh how wonderful to be in my own bed!
Because family is everything!
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Hello Team Angelina!
After talking with Mayra this evening, it is time for an update on Angelina's progress. Today marks three weeks since Angelina was very sick with her Bacillus Cereus blood infection, and then just two weeks later she was diagnosed with C.Diff. Both infections have been successfully treated, thank God! Because her immune system is so compromised, Angelina will continue on antibiotics until August 22, even though all the blood cultures are currently showing negative for infection. She has been fighting a fever and doctors were very concerned for another infection, but again, all test results are showing negative, which is great! But to play it safe, doctors will remove her chemo port tomorrow as a preventive action (too risky for bacterial infection) and replace it with a Central Venous Line until she finishes her antibiotics on 08/22. With the chemo killing her white blood cells, she is an easy target for infection.
All that being said, doctors have confirmed that Angelina's cancer is currently in remission! Thank you God for hearing our prayers! This is incredible news. Angelina's days have been long and hard, and sometimes she doesn't always feel up to this fight. And as her mom said, "we can't let our guard down so this is why she still has 23 more months of Chemotherapy and 13 more Spinal Taps or Lumbar punctures". Angelina works hard every day on her PT and OT and sometimes she cries from the pain during her Physical Therapy sessions and her mom and dad cry right along with her, as you can imagine how painful it is to see their daughter suffering, but still plowing through it and never losing sight of her goal to recovery. Mayra also says that Angelina's vision will take approximately six months to heal completely, and that though the process is slow, each day she shows progress.
So as you can see, Angelina continues on in her battle with courage, even when she just wants to lay down in her bed and cry, she's tired, her weight is very low, and she doesn't always feel up to the battle with her illness, BUT SHE DOES IT. And for that, Angelina is our hero and inspiration. Thank you all for your continued love, your support and your prayers. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.
Much love and many blessings to all,
The Domenici Family
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