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Angelina Domenici Leukemia Fund

$18,605 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 241 people in 11 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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Dear Team Angelina,

Today is a day to celebrate! Angelina has finally finished her Consolidation phase and is officially in the ‘maintenance’ phase, also known as the Continuation phase. Today was her 60th and final chemo shot! Since October she has been receiving shots in both legs, twice a week! We are so amazed by her tenacity, her faith, her brevity. We are beyond proud of her and wanted to share this amazing feat with all of you. Angelina remains in remission and every day that she journeys through this fight is a blessing.
Her body is finally getting some relief!

Moving forward Angelina will still require lumbar punctures to be sure there is no cancer in her spinal fluid. She will require MRIs, other forms of chemo, aquatic therapy to treat her Avascular necrosis, as well as continued steroids. Ha! Now that alone is scary to me, but for Angelina, it’s a ‘maintenance’ obligation and doesn’t hold a candle to what she’s been through and managed to overcome. She truly is my hero and our family is inspired by her fight and passion for life.

I know life can be difficult at times even without fighting a life threatening illness, so to all of you who have stood by Angelina and offered your love, support and prayers, it is my hope that as you fight your own battles and face your own challenges, that you have learned first hand through Angelina’s fight against Leukemia that God does answer prayers, that people are genuinely good, and never be afraid to ask for love and support because this wonderful community that we call ‘Team Angelina’ has been a mountain of strength and without you this all wouldn’t have been possible.

So thank you again for your love and prayers. Angelina’s ability to heal and fight her illness was so strong because of all of you. On behalf of Angelina, Mike and Mayra, and her brother Reison, and ALL of our family, thank you for being there through it all. We love you! God bless always!

Much love,
The Domenici Family
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Hello Team Angelina! I'd like to share an update on Angelina and where she's at in her treatment. She had a bit of a tough time last week and was in the hospital to try to figure out what was going on. She had excruciating pain in her knees and broke out with a rash over her legs in response to the pain she was suffering. It took a lot of pain medication to get it under control. This is just another side effect of this awful disease and the treatments. My heart aches for the battle she continues to fight.
In my previous post I talked about the different phases of treatment that Angelina will go through. She is still in phase II which is the consolidation phase. This phase started in October. She has completed a series of one particular type of chemo treatment, but now moves on to another. All come with very unpleasant side effects. She continues to do additional chemo at home, as well as doses of steroids, along with the spinal taps every 9 weeks to check for cancer cells in the spinal fluid. She continues to be blessed in remission, but the road ahead is still long.
In the midst of the pain and sickness she deals with, somehow Angelina continues with her school studies. She has 4 tutors at home, along with doing PT and OT every single week. Though we have so much to be grateful for, I have to be honest, my heart is heavy when I think about all that she has endured, and continues to endure. If all goes as planned, though the entire treatment is two years, she will be finished with the heavy doses of chemo by September. So, that being said, I come to you asking for your continued prayers for her good health, for her remission, for her to be free of pain and suffering, and to be blessed with the love and support of family and friends. As many of you know, an illness can leave a person feeling isolated, different, and alone at times. Lets continue to make it our mission to empower this beautiful girl, to bless her with our good thoughts and words. Lets teach and encourage our children about compassion and empathy, and for us all to count our blessings each day for our own good health. Someone is always fighting a battle greater than ours. There is much to be grateful for. God bless each of you, and thank you for your continued love and prayers for our beautiful and very brave Angelina. xo
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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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