Michael Hedlund-Groden is organizing this fundraiser.
Update on Kate: It turns out this Non-Hodgkin’s Large B-Cell Lymphoma is a feisty one. That said, Kate Hedlund Groden is even more so. Here’s where we are at…Back in early February, Kate found a couple of new lumps that were biopsied and found to be part of a new group of malignant developments. A full PET scan showed cancer returned in her neck, some lymph nodes in her abdomen, a spot on her liver, and in the tissue in her left pelvic bone. Cancer cells can become immune to treatment. Although uncommon, this is what has unfortunately happened…This news was unsettling physically and emotionally for Kate, and all of us family and friends fighting the fight with her on TEAM KATE. While she had thought she was headed into her last treatment and she’d soon get back to life as she loves it filled with fun, smiles, laughter, and adventure, the fact now was that this fight hadn’t been won just yet. True to form, Kate again provided us all with even more admiration for her as she dusted herself off, tossed on the boxing gloves and asked, “what’s next?” for her treatment. In comes the heavy hitter of chemo treatments called RICE which also requires blood transfusions since one of the chemo drugs tends to wipe out platelets and white blood cell counts. These treatments do a number on Kate’s energy levels, but she keeps battling. Further treatment will include a bone marrow transplant – either an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant if the cancer is in remission or a recently FDA approved CAR-T Cell Therapy if the cancer is not in remission. Either of these treatments will require a lengthy hospital stay. Another PET scan on March 21st will provide that information, and set the next part of the plan. Hearing the cancer was back, and that the treatments were in fact not close to being done, but instead about to get ramped up was hard to accept for all of us. Kate can get through it, especially with the help of Red Sox players getting pictures taken with TEAM KATE Sisu shirt including Chris Sale even putting one on as a morale boost! Along with the physical and emotional aspects of this battle comes the financial part of this, however. This is where we can help her get through it. There have been so many donations from people she knows and people she doesn’t. This money goes directly to pay her copays, prescriptions, counselling, other medical costs and general living costs that keep piling up and have exhausted the donations this campaign has provided to her so far. TEAM KATE now needs to continue to show that we have Kate’s back, and that we fight along with her. With her as our inspiration, we need to do whatever we can to take any financial concerns she has out of the picture so she can focus on the fight. Please share this post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and ask anyone you know to help out if they can donate. Even a little does a lot. Let’s continue to Carry Kate Through Cancer and get as many people as we can over to www.gofundme.com/4iefpyw to make a donation from a dollar to a billion (easy tiger, probably don’t need to be donating a billion J). Thanks so much from all of us on TEAM KATE. We love you for your help, and your continued thoughts and words of encouragement you provide to her.