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Dana Allen Brain Cancer Fund

$7,870 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 93 people in 6 months
My awesome & courageous sister, Dana Allen, was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma Brain Cancer in the summer of 2015.  She's had 2 surgeries &  we thought she was on the road to recovery.  In January, her MRI revealed new growth, sadly.  She has 3  new brain tumors on her left temporal lobe. Grade 3.5.
Dana's heroic husband, Ken, had to quit his job in order to care for her, so money is Tight!  She is on Medicare now, but because she is only 52, she must pay $800 per month for the health insurance, and her husband now is without insurance (he's working part time).  They just moved into a low income apartment, which is also $800 per month.  She has a large co-pay for her chemo meds, steroids, etc., but fortunately, her OPTUNE treatments ($20,00 per month!) are covered by Medicare.  She has 2 granddaughters on the way, due this spring.

Dana continues to have a sunny disposition throughout her struggles communicating.  She is a true inspiration, and she just keeps on keeping on.  "I'm going to live to 90" is her mantra.  

Please give what you can, and if you don't think $10 is enough, think again.  It all adds up, and we appreciate any contribution.

Thank you for your consideration!
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Hi Everyone. The latest news on my sister, Dana, is that she is pretty much holding steady, as far as the MRI results are concerned. There is no new growth of her current tumor situation. Her vision continues to be a problem, (she cannot see on her right side at all) and she is having difficulty reading, texting, etc., so she is feeling a bit isolated. But if you want to send her messages or give her a call, the best times for that are usually 11am-4pm. Also, her sweet dog, Pepper, died last week, and she is really depressed about it. If you are able to spend some time with her in Traverse City so her husband can have a break, please let us know. Thanks for sticking with us on this journey. Peace.
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Hi Everyone. I've been meaning to give an update on Dana for a while now. Things have been busy Dana is now the GRANDMOTHER of 2 new Baby Girls, Olive and Blakely! She also celebrated her 30th Wedding Anniversary with husband Ken :-)

Her latest MRI showed no new growth. She was declared Stable, which gave us all a big sigh of relief. Dana goes to Ann Arbor for another MRI next week on Wednesday. Please keep her in your thoughts and send good vibes.

And if you could continue to share our GoFundMe page, we are grateful. Also, if you prefer to send any donations directly, you can use my PayPal account, linked to kknewhouse@me.com.

Thanks again!
Kristin & family
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It was a long day, which ended in news we really didn't want to hear. Dana's tumor has grown 50% since January. She has been experiencing vision trouble lately, having difficulty seeing on the right side. She also continues to have trouble with words and numbers lately which is terribly frustrating for Dana.

I can't tell you what a delight Dana continues to be. She cried at hearing some of this bad news, mostly worried for her family members. Then she rallied quickly for the next step and was able to joke and laugh about life.

She'll consult with her TC doctor on Monday, and will most likely start on a new antibody drug, continue her Optune treatments, and continue with steroids to control swelling.

Please continue to keep her in your thoughts. And let us know if you would like to pay a visit.

Keep on Keeping On, Sister!
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