In the beginning of June, our beloved friend and fellow winemaker, Marisa Taylor was having a wonderful weekend gardening right after her son’s birthday. The next day she noticed she was having some pain in her back, so she decided to go to the doctor to get it checked out. The doctor sent Marisa to get a CT scan that day. Before she even got home, the doctor called her to let her know they found a mass on her kidney. Marisa is now facing the battle of kidney cancer.
A biopsy revealed that she has a cancer which is rare in adults called Wilms tumor. This cancer is most commonly found in children. At the same time a nodule in her throat revealed she also had thyroid cancer. So she is battling not one, but two different cancer types at the same time. If you know Marisa – you know she likes a challenge and so she has put on her boxing gloves and is ready to kick this thing.
She has started the grueling process of chemotherapy which will be followed by surgery, radiation and more chemotherapy. At this point her doctors have asked that Marisa suspend work until at least the spring of 2018 in order to give this her full attention. Marisa and her family need as much love and support as they take this battle on.
For this reason we are humbly reaching out to each one of you to join in helping our dear friend in lightening the economic burden of fighting cancer. This campaign will help support Marisa’s medical expenses, lost wages, transportation to UCSF for treatments, childcare, and other unpredicted expenses as she battles this chapter of her life.
Every donation—however small or big—would be hugely appreciated. If for whatever reason you cannot donate at this time, please send love, prayers and positivity, and please share this link to your social media. As Marisa continues her journey back to health, she needs all the support that she can get, and we are grateful to you for whatever amount you can provide.
Thank you in advance,
Elizabeth Vianna & Kim Nicholls
Please help spread the word! Members of the wine industry we are counting on you to help one of its own!
- Anna Miranda
- Suzanne Leonard
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- Cathy Porterfield
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