In June 2018, a clinical trial at Columbia Presbyterian accepted Angela for treatment: incredible news! But travelling the 230 miles from the Ithaca area to NYC every week is more than she can afford.
Funds raised cover fuel and car maintenance expenses, tolls, meals, parking, and unpaid time off work (by far the greatest cost). Because the costs are ongoing, a small regular donation will be just as valuable (if not more so) than a larger one-off donation.
Angela and her friends have applied for non-profit help, but cancer can't wait. Angela began treatment several weeks ago, and her expenses are mounting rapidly.
In May 2015, what Angela thought was an optical migraine turned out to be a melanoma in her left eye. She lost her eye to surgery. A fall 2017 scan and biopsy showed that her melanoma had metastasized. Stage 4 metastatic melanoma is currently considered incurable, but this trial can extend her life, even to the point where more and better treatment options are possible.
The trial is physically and mentally grueling, and may continue for as long as 18 months. We can't change Angela's diagnosis, but raising funds to help her cover this cost is one way we can lighten the load for Angela and her children.
Angela is wise, empathetic, and hilarious. She loves her children, Lilly, Gavin, Ewan, and Lonan; and Orrin, her little grandson. The last thing Angela and her family need is to worry about the costs associated with treatment.
- Walter Gustafson
- Eliza Sumner Ballantyne
- Corinne Sprague
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