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Camarra's Crusaders

$58,421 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 671 people in 2 months
Created May 20, 2019
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Christine’s story 

Having some discomfort and generally just not feeling like herself, Christine made an appointment to see her doctor in May 2018.  Her doctor listened and immediately began to order some tests.  Through testing it was discovered there was a mass on her ovary.  Things quickly developed and surgery was scheduled.  Doctors were optimistic that this mass could easily be removed, and life would continue as normal for Christine and her husband George and their three beautiful girls, Kaitlyn (9), Emily (8) and Natalie (4).  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. One year later, May 2019 and Christine is facing the fight of her life. Christine has been diagnosed with a VERY rare ovarian germ cell cancer.    

Christine has been through 4 surgeries, 5 CT scans, 2 MRI’s, 1 PET scan, countless blood work and three cycles of intensive chemotherapy.   March 2019, Christine was excited to return to her beloved students at Somers Intermediate School but was told the unimaginable...cancer was back and had spread.  Sloane-Kettering told Christine that she was outside of their expertise and referred her to Dana-Farber.  

Currently, Christine is about to begin an even more intensive chemotherapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Massachusetts which will require extensive travel and displacement from her loving family. Christine is going to fight this battle not only for herself but for her three beautiful daughters and her devoted husband George (5th grade Somers Intermediate School teacher).
    
Christine has a difficult fight ahead and will need all the support we can give.  We are hoping to provide some financial support for Christine, George and their girls to help alleviate the stress of mounting medical bills, travel expenses and hardships that will arise.   

In Christine’s own words, “Life is precious, and I don’t intend to give up now.  I’ve got three little girls watching me daily and I will continue to show them that I am a fighter." 
39357030_1558380275318485_r.jpegThe Camarra Family has been overwhelmed by all the love, meals and prayers that have been pouring in over the last year. Unfortunately, more than that is needed now.   Please find it in your hearts to be as generous as possible. Any amount will be appreciated.  Please continue to keep Christine and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Hello everyone. Please read the following update written by Christine.

My family and I are completely grateful for all of the ongoing love and support we have received from an entire country of people. So many have reached out and I wanted to provide an update with this cancer battle. In May and June I endured two, week-long cycles of chemotherapy that required hospitalization at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I was then sent home to recover and used that time to enjoy what little summer and family time I had. Now I am back at Dana-Farber and have just completed another surgery for my catheter, two days of five hour stem cell collection and now I’m getting prepared for high dose chemotherapy that requires up to 3 weeks in the hospital. The good news in all this is that my tumor markers look good thanks to the last treatments, more than enough blood was collected to help me recover from chemo and my blood counts look ready to finish this daunting task. I’ll eventually make it home to recover and see my family
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Thank you! Thank you to everyone near and far for helping to reach our goal! Christine is in Boston working with her doctors to get better. Please continue to send love and prayers for Christine, George and their family. Today is Teal Tuesday...wear teal to help support Christine and all those battling ovarian cancer and help find a cure! Here’s a little picture of Christine’s SIS family wearing teal...we call ourselves Camarra’s Crusaders! Thank you to everyone for all the love and support! #tealtuesday.
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Hello everyone. Please read the following from George. As Christine begins this next phase please continue to keep her and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers

From George...
The past year has certainly been challenging, stressful and scary. Yet, we have been overcome with tremendous love, support, phone calls, texts, check-ins and endless "How can I help?" from everyone in our lives. We are totally overwhelmed, and incredibly and forever thankful to everyone who has gone out of their way to help ease our situation. The incredible generosity that has been shown to us from our dear work friends in Somers, to the countless friends and family, near and far, past and present and even perfect strangers has been unlike anything we could have imagined. To everyone out there who knows our story...please know how touched, thankful and forever grateful we are to everyone who has helped us along this journey. By focusing on the positive of this ordeal it has allowed us to see first hand how blessed we are to have such an incredible army of friends, family and supporters in our corner as we take on this new battle. #camarracrusaders #christinestrong
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