Since April 2018, Beth has had several chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays to kill the cancer as much as possible. The treatments consisted of a three day hospital stay and chemotherapy every three weeks.
On July 16th, Beth had a Stem Cell collection, which is where the doctors collect Stem Cells from her bone marrow, “clean them”, and harvest them until needed.
On July 26th, Beth was admitted to UVA to begin her Stem Cell Transplant! The first six days of this procedure, Beth was given extreme high-dose amounts of chemotherapy, that will make all of her counts drop to zero and make it impossible for her Bone Marrow to make more cells on its on...
This is when the Transplant comes in...
On August 3rd, Beth will be given her healthy Stem Cells back so the Bone Marrow can produce healthy cells to survive.
The transplant will be at least a 3 week process in the hospital, and then a few week stay near UVA when she is released due to daily appointments and risk of infections.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds for Beth Raines, for her continuing battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma. We ask you to just donate what you can—$1, $5, $10, etc. No amount is too small, and it is all so appreciated
Beth Raines is a 26 year old from Virginia, that has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma for the second time in the past year.
When months went by of experiencing painful swollen lymph nodes, drenching night sweats, fatigue, and a lack of energy, she knew something wasn’t right.
After many lab tests and blood work, a CT scan, a thin needle biopsy, a core biopsy, a surgical lymph node biopsy, and a PET scan, Beth was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in December of 2016. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps the immune system get rid of waste and fight infections.
Beth underwent a Chemotherapy called ABVD for seven long months. After treatment #4 (4/12), a PET scan showed no signs of cancer, but Beth still completed the rest of the eight treatments just to be certain. She finished Chemotherapy in July of 2017 with hopes that tough journey was over for good.
Unfortunately, Beth’s follow up PET scan in December of 2017 showed abnormal areas in her chest, the lobe of the lung, and the regions of the neck.
In January 2018, Beth underwent a tense surgical procedure to remove a piece of tissue that is located deep in the chest. This biopsy came back as a relapse of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
On April 11, 2018, Beth began more chemotherapy treatments. When her PET scans show progress, she will then have a Stem Cell Transplant— this will leave her hospitalized for a month and out of work for at least six months (without paid leave), and may also be required to live in the city of Charlottesville for four months to be near the hospital.
After the transplant, Beth will also have maintenance chemotherapy for atleast six months.
We are so grateful for all of the prayers, love, and financial support that is being received, and we ask you to please continue to pray for Beth and her family throughout this journey.
Thank you for your time.
- Kim Davis
- Natalie Cadena
- Mark Avallone
- Na Na
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