Desi Destroys Cancer

On October 23, 2019, Desirae, fondly known by friends and family as Desi, was diagnosed with Stage II Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK Positive. Desi had gone into the hospital because of what she thought was a chest cold that was not going away, but found out her situation was far more grave than any of us could've imagined.
This cancer usually effects children aged 4-18 and elderly aged 60 and up; Desi was diagnosed at 40. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK Positive (ALK+ ALCL) is a rare type of blood cancer that is fast growing and cause cells, called lymphocytes, to grow out of control. Desi's ALCL is centered in her chest, primarily her heart, lungs, and esophagus, effecting her ability to eat and swallow properly.
This is not Desi's first experience fighting cancer (she is currently in remission from two different forms of Ovarian Cancer), though this is the most aggressive form. Her previous fights with Ovarian Cancer were far more treatable due to the cancer being encapsulated and the ability of her oncologist to remove the previous tumors. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about her ALCL, as this aggressive cancer is inoperable due to it sitting on numerous vital organs.
Desi is a charming, strong, driven women with an incredible sense of humor and a passion for cooking. For years Desi has worked as a chef, bringing her talents to establishments such as The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Bucks, and, currently, Marcus Corporations In New Berlin, Wisconsin. Beyond cooking, Desi loves to travel, shop, and spend time with close friends and family. 
On October 25, 2019, Desi had her first round of chemotherapy, with rounds following every 21 days; with only one bump in the road in mid-December when it was discovered that she had contracted pneumonia. Desi has made strides with her treatment, as her doctors have reported that the mass appears to have shrunk, though it is hard to give a definite confirmation with this, as they are comparing two different images (a CAT scan was initially done to show the mass, a PET scan has shown shrinking). 
Desi is certainly blessed to have the support of friends and family and an incredible work family that has granted her FMLA while she fights to beat this aggressive cancer. Unfortunately, the surmounting medical bills from extensive treatment required to fight this deadly disease have left Desi and her family in a desperate condition. 
We are pleading for assistance for Desi so that she can continue to receive the best treatment possible and not collapse under worry and despair of how she can pay to save her life. One round of chemotherapy costs $15,000 and, though she has insurance, it minimally covers these essential and expensive treatments. Desi's life is priceless to us and we would do whatever possible to continue to hear her infectious laugh and love on her for many years to come, if fate permits. 
All donations, big and small, make a difference in this precious woman's life and treatment. We are also asking for prayers for her quick healing as she continues to fight the good fight.

  • Mary Galanis 
    • $300 
    • 21 mos
  • Sara Bilty  
    • $100 
    • 23 mos
  • Rose David 
    • $50 
    • 23 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 24 mos
  • Mike P 
    • $100 
    • 24 mos
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Emily Nannetti 
Raised $300 from 3 donations
Waukesha, WI
Desirae Hornsby 
Sloan Butler 
Team member
Raised $470 from 4 donations
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