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Dana Allen Brain Cancer Fund

$9,115 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 10 months
Created March 7, 2018
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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Update 6
Posted by Kristin Newhouse
1 month ago
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I've been meaning to update everyone on Dana, but things have been busy and she has been changing daily, so here is the latest:

Dana finished her aggressive Radiation & Chemo at University Hospital last week on Wednesday. Here is a picture of her Ringing the Bell to signify finishing the radiation. This is her 3rd time doing this, which is not the norm.
Doctors have found that where other patients won't be going through this aggressive treatment, Dana has the Tenacity to want to do everything she possibly can to continue the fight.
She is now confined to a wheel chair and has difficulty using her right hand/arm/leg so she has become a Lefty, like her sister. She continues to struggle communicating, but there are often times when she is very easy to talk with and understand. Using the computer and texting are now off the table without assistance, so her phone has been disconnected (also to save $). Most people communicate to her via her husband, Ken-The-Prince, or myself, her sister.
The best thing is that she is still the same old Dana; meaning she is still funny, strong, opinionated, and a FIGHTER. Being with her 3 granddaughters (especially!) over Thanksgiving brought her a tremendous amount of joy!
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Update 5
Posted by Kristin Newhouse
3 months ago
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Thanks for your help, everyone! Here is a pic of Dana w/ her new walker! I arrive in TC on Saturday and will see for myself how she's getting around. <3
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Update 4
Posted by Kristin Newhouse
3 months ago
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Help Dana get a WALKER! Dana has been approved by Medicare to get a Walker, but her copay is $100. This walker will help her by giving her a spot to rest when she is tired, carry things in the little basket, and most importantly, help lessen her trips and potential falls. She's having trouble lifting one of her feet, which is keeping her from getting around and getting some exercise. Things that Medicare has denied are a shower stool, shower bench/slide, and a Wheel Chair, which we anticipate she'll need in the coming months. If you would like to help fund this Walker or other needed items not covered, please donate here. Thank you for your consideration, and feel free to share this post. Every little bit helps, and we truly appreciate every cent. Thanks!
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Update 3
Posted by Kristin Newhouse
5 months ago
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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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