Below is why I created this site. These are the words of Caitlin's mom, Christine:
Today I learned that my beautiful 19 year old daughter ( turns 20 on the 14th) has cancer and not only will she be going through chemotherapy and radiation to shrink a very large malignant tumor (a result of her neurofibromatosis) but will have to endure a horribly intense surgery that we were told could leave behind a lot of damage. every time we spoke to one of the dozens of doctors/surgeons this week it seemed we got worse and worse news. The plan seemed to change daily leaving us feeling helpless and exhausted.
We will be deciding over the next week after meeting with the cdh proton center and hearing back from her fantastic oncologist from Lurie children's on the best options and in which order. He will be consulting with many of the top neurofibromatosis (her genetic disorder) doctors from all over the country to get opinions as well along with the world leader in NF research on a possible experimental but extremely promising(and seemingly proven) chemo.
Over everything else we need all the prayers and positive thoughts we and you can muster up. Her doctor wants to prove Caitlin wrong in her fear that this all won't work and we need your help to add to it. Please ask everyone you know to pray and think great thoughts and big ones, true ones, heartfelt ones as much as we can.
How can you help?
Caitlin has been in the hospital since 8/27. As you can imagine, medical expenses add up quick from travel, food, parking (the hospital charges $25/day for patient families) and treatment. Caitlin's battle will be long and the medical expenses will not be getting any smaller. Please give your help and loving support and donate to help Caitlin fight this horrible disease! I can't thank you enough for the love, prayers, kindness, and generosity that are being sent to this special family during such a difficult time.
It's good to be blessed. It's better to be a blessing. ~Author Unknown
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