Andrea's Celebration of Life Fund

$21,840 of $18,500 goal

Raised by 110 people in 28 months
Sixteen months ago, Andrea, at the young age of 41, was unexpectedly diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

This news was both devastating and unbelievable for both Andrea and her husband, Dave. Their immediate thoughts went to their beautiful 5-year-old daughter, Azora, as they had just talked about taking a family trip to Disneyworld when they received the heartbreaking news.

While trying to absorb the severity of this diagnosis, the two immediately bonded together to begin an incredibly challenging and difficult physical, emotional, and mental journey. 
 

It has been a true and constant effort for Andrea and Dave to forge ahead through this unpredictable illness.

They have courageously remained positive throughout this journey and always have focused on making the best of their situation, especially for their beautiful daughter.

From the initial diagnosis, Dave and Andrea have fiercely resea
rched this cancer and the available treatments and best practices in an effort to help Andrea manage her painful symptoms, build her immune system, and try to overcome this cancer.

Countless hours of dedicated research, consults
 meetings with medical specialists to provide better understanding of Andrea’s cancer and additional treatments options available to manage her painful symptoms as well as to fight the disease were done.

Last year, Andrea battled through some extremely difficult times, including extensive treatments and major surgeries. She truly showed incredible courage throughout this process.


After their continued research, Andrea and Dave engaged with respected medical professionals and obtained some invaluable supplementary care that provided significant relief from Andrea’s pain and symptoms.
 
Although this type of care and these treatments 
were expensive, and not covered by the Ontario Health Care plan, they provided both Andrea and Dave with the hope and encouragement they needed to stay positive in an effort to provide Andrea with as “normal” a life as possible.

The results of these supplementary treatments were extremely positive.  Finally, Andrea felt in better health and was able to lead a normal life at certain periods during last year.  Perhaps the biggest relief for them was for their daughter, Azora, to finally see her mom back feeling in better health.

They were extremely happy with the results of these treatments and took advantage of their good fortune together to ensure they made the most of their time together as a family doing what they loved, taking mini road trips together and exploring new places.

Sadly, their good fortune was abruptly cut short.

 Andrea’s condition took a significant turn for the worse.


In the fall, an aggressive tumor growth was detected which required immediate emergency surgery.  This procedure was extremely serious and took a significant toll on Andrea. Sadly, her health began a steady decline as her body couldn't recover from the seriousness of the surgery.

This was incredibly disheartening for all.

Bravely, Andrea continued further treatments to fight painful symptoms and attempt to keep the cancer at bay. Unfortunately, this aggressive form of cancer has continued to persevere, which has made Andrea’s journey so devastating.

More recently, after several months of steady decline in her health and appetite, Andrea has suffered significant weight loss and her health has spiraled in further state of decline. Those close to her feel extremely helpless.

Recently, Andrea has been admitted to a hospital in Toronto.  She has not been able to eat in several weeks. Her energy is extremely low, and she feels very weak. Her constant pain is finally being managed at the hospital, and she also receives an IV to keep her hydrated.

Through-out this tumultuous battle Andrea's strength, bravery and resiliency have been incredible.

Unfortunately, at this point, we do not know which direction Andrea’s health will turn.

Everyone is doing their best to stay positive and hopeful for her health to improve.

Right now, messages of hope, well wishes, and prayers are incredibly important for Andrea, Dave, Azora, and their families.


They are in need of your well wishes and we are asking on their behalf for your support.

It is these prayers and messages that give them the strength and hope they need to make it through each day.

They have been touched and inspired by the love and support and understand that this is truly the driving force behind their hope and positivity moving forward through this difficult journey.

Please know that each and every message is so very important to their family and they are truly grateful.

Medical Fund Campaign:

Many people have asked the family about sending flowers, visiting, or ways they can help.

Through this incredibly difficult 16-month journey, the family have endured some significant medical expenses.

Unfortunately, these medical expenses were not covered under OHIP or through medical insurance.

As Andrea continues to battle this illness, additional medical expenses are unknown but certainly possible.


Never ones to ask for support themselves, we have created a GO FUND ME campaign on their behalf to offer a platform for people who are able to support Andrea and Dave to lessen the burden of these medical expenses and allow them to focus entirely on Andrea’s most urgent needs.

We know that Andrea and Dave will be extremely appreciative for any support of this nature and we thank you on their behalf.

Your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes will continue to be vital support to the entire family.
 
On behalf of Andrea, Dave (Chris), and Azora, thank you.
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With the deepest of sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved Andrea. With every ounce of strength and courage she stayed with the family as long as she could bear. Her many months of pain and suffering has now come to end, yet her spirit remains strong and within all our hearts.

This campaign will now be converting to a Celebration of Life in honor of Andrea. Should you wish to share any memories, stories or comments about Andrea as well as receiving upcoming announcements of the celebration memorial service, please write to: andrea.celebrate@gmail.com

We love you Andrea !
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A very heartfelt thank you for everyone you has written in with all the kind messages and a special thank you for all the donors who has helped us reach and surpass our goal !!

We had no foresight of how well received this campaign would have turned out. A sincere thank you on behalf of the family.
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Weakness and tiredness continue.
Scan results show no significant changes in state. We continue to hope for a turnaround. With treatments finished, care options are being explored.
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This last period has been heavy tiredness and weakness. Early this week there will be scans run to measure which way things are progressing. Efforts continue on the alternative side.
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Antwon M Faulkner
27 months ago
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So happy to see so many generous people helped reach this goal and hopefully took some pressure off the family so your efforts can be spent where they're needed. We're still thinking about you and hoping for the best for everyone in your family touched by this. All our love! Stay strong.

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Marianne Rowan
26 months ago

Deepest condolences to Andrea's family and friends. RIP Andrea, fly with the angels.

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Jozef Beljar
27 months ago

Andrejka, myslime na teba a modlime sa aby si tie treatments znasala dobre. Posielame Ti vela pozitivnej energie. Jozef a Vierka

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Jessica Hug
27 months ago

Sending you healing and loving vibes for your latest treatment. XXOXOXO you are in our thoughts a lot beautiful.

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Michelle Chung
27 months ago

Dear Andrea and Dave, Our hearts reach out to you as we send you all of our love. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, always. Andrea, your unbelievable courage is an inspiration, especially to Azora. Your bravery has shown her how to be strong, and your unwavering love has given her the incredible inner strength she sees in her mom. Dave, the love you have for Andrea has carried your family through this incredibly difficult time. It is our sincerest wish to support you and help you in whatever way we can. I could organize a meal schedule where friends would make meals and drop them off for you. Please let me know if this would help. We love you both so much, Michelle and Eric

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Lisa Sim
27 months ago

Andrea & Dave, My thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time. When I was told about your current situation it broke my heart and I just want you to know that if you need ANYTHING I am there for you :) I am wishing you strength to fight this battle and the support you need to overcome this hurdle. Love you guys immensely, Andrea, just know I am thinking of you and sending the most positive vibes your way and hoping for a speedy recovery. Also, I work for the biggest pharmaceutical company in Canada and we focus primarily on Cancer drugs, I may be able to help you get onto some compassionate use programs to help offset any costs that the provincial government is not covering, let me know if this could be useful. Again, let me know if you should need anything! xoxoxox Lisa

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Cyndi Marko
27 months ago

Sending lots of love to you and your family, Andrea. ♥

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Messe Jorrison
27 months ago

Andrea & Dave, I'm thinking of you both and sending the most powerful positive energy towards you. My heart broke this morning hearing of this news but I know Andrea,you're such an amazing person who has so much to give and you will. I love you both so much and if there is ANYTHING I can do, consider it done! Again, my thoughts,energy and love to you both ♥

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Lisa Wysocki Palumbo
28 months ago

Our thoughts are with you Andrea Love Lisa ,Fiovo Christina and Daniel ♥️

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Jeffrey Wortsman
28 months ago

Andrea - sending you all my love in your fight and wishes for a speedy recovery ...love Jeffrey and Jamie, Sam and Sophie

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Antwon M Faulkner
28 months ago

Andrea & Dave, we are truly heartbroken to learn of your current situation. We love you both dearly and hope more than anything things can turn around. You are both such sweet and generous people and you don't deserve this. Please know we are praying for you and you are in our hearts and minds. Keep loving each other, keep supporting and enjoying each other as much as possible. We love you both and believe you can get through this. "You stoned my honey!" Please take care, with all of our love! Antwon & Erin

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Created March 30, 2017
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Nancy Russo
26 months ago

Andrea was a good person who always had smile on her face. I will always cherish all the great memories that we shared over the years. I will miss you Andrea.

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Ann Younie
26 months ago

R.I.P. Andrea! You were an amazing woman! Thoughts and prayers to the family

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Antwon M Faulkner
27 months ago
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So happy to see so many generous people helped reach this goal and hopefully took some pressure off the family so your efforts can be spent where they're needed. We're still thinking about you and hoping for the best for everyone in your family touched by this. All our love! Stay strong.

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Marianne Rowan
26 months ago

Deepest condolences to Andrea's family and friends. RIP Andrea, fly with the angels.

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Jozef Beljar
27 months ago

Andrejka, myslime na teba a modlime sa aby si tie treatments znasala dobre. Posielame Ti vela pozitivnej energie. Jozef a Vierka

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Jessica Hug
27 months ago

Sending you healing and loving vibes for your latest treatment. XXOXOXO you are in our thoughts a lot beautiful.

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Michelle Chung
27 months ago

Dear Andrea and Dave, Our hearts reach out to you as we send you all of our love. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, always. Andrea, your unbelievable courage is an inspiration, especially to Azora. Your bravery has shown her how to be strong, and your unwavering love has given her the incredible inner strength she sees in her mom. Dave, the love you have for Andrea has carried your family through this incredibly difficult time. It is our sincerest wish to support you and help you in whatever way we can. I could organize a meal schedule where friends would make meals and drop them off for you. Please let me know if this would help. We love you both so much, Michelle and Eric

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Lisa Sim
27 months ago

Andrea & Dave, My thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time. When I was told about your current situation it broke my heart and I just want you to know that if you need ANYTHING I am there for you :) I am wishing you strength to fight this battle and the support you need to overcome this hurdle. Love you guys immensely, Andrea, just know I am thinking of you and sending the most positive vibes your way and hoping for a speedy recovery. Also, I work for the biggest pharmaceutical company in Canada and we focus primarily on Cancer drugs, I may be able to help you get onto some compassionate use programs to help offset any costs that the provincial government is not covering, let me know if this could be useful. Again, let me know if you should need anything! xoxoxox Lisa

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Cyndi Marko
27 months ago

Sending lots of love to you and your family, Andrea. ♥

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Messe Jorrison
27 months ago

Andrea & Dave, I'm thinking of you both and sending the most powerful positive energy towards you. My heart broke this morning hearing of this news but I know Andrea,you're such an amazing person who has so much to give and you will. I love you both so much and if there is ANYTHING I can do, consider it done! Again, my thoughts,energy and love to you both ♥

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Lisa Wysocki Palumbo
28 months ago

Our thoughts are with you Andrea Love Lisa ,Fiovo Christina and Daniel ♥️

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Jeffrey Wortsman
28 months ago

Andrea - sending you all my love in your fight and wishes for a speedy recovery ...love Jeffrey and Jamie, Sam and Sophie

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Antwon M Faulkner
28 months ago

Andrea & Dave, we are truly heartbroken to learn of your current situation. We love you both dearly and hope more than anything things can turn around. You are both such sweet and generous people and you don't deserve this. Please know we are praying for you and you are in our hearts and minds. Keep loving each other, keep supporting and enjoying each other as much as possible. We love you both and believe you can get through this. "You stoned my honey!" Please take care, with all of our love! Antwon & Erin

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