Help Arabelle Fight Stage 4 Cancer

 The Forrey family on Brenna’s side has a history of a genetic condition called Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). As summarized by Wikipedia, FAP “is an autosomal dominant inherited condition in which numerous adenomatous polyps form mainly in the epithelium of the large intestine. While these polyps start out benign, malignant transformation into colon cancer occurs when they are left untreated.”  Because of how strongly it runs in Brenna’s family, each of her children needed to be followed closely so those who inherited it would have polyps found early and treated, which includes a colectomy to prevent polyps from becoming cancerous. In June of 2018 while undergoing imaging for FAP, there was found in Arabelle’s abdomen a football sized tumor which, though large, appeared to be very well behaved and most likely benign. On June 12 she had the tumor removed. Unfortunately everyone was surprised to find out not only did it prove to be malignant, but was later determined to be Stage IV Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma, which is extremely rare, being diagnosed in only 1 out of every 2,000,000 children worldwide. 
Arabelle’s cancer was found to have spread into her left renal vein connected to the left kidney as well as onto her right lung with other lung lesions in the veins that were determined to most likely be tumor mass blood clots. So on June 19, a week after the surgery to remove the football sized tumor (they named Massie), Arabelle had surgery to remove her left kidney. About a month later, on July 17, Arabelle had yet another surgery, this time to remove the tumor on her lung. Unfortunately the two other clots in the veins in her lungs cannot be accessed surgically.
As of this writing (mid-September 2018) Arabelle in on a serious chemo-type medication. Her older brother Yonah is schedule for his colectomy Sept. 20, leaving time for him to recover before Arabelle begins chemotherapy Oct. 4.  The plan is for her to stay in the hospital for 5-6 days for chemo every 21 days or so over about a six month period. 
The doctors have estimated Arabelle to have a 15-20% chance of survival. She will be on at least three different tough medications targeting her cancer, have at least one hospital stay a month for around six months, and have countless tests, scans, and procedures. On top of that, the family is looking to manage the FAP of Arabelle and her siblings.
Any donation amount no matter how small will not only help monetarily, but also help to show the Forrey family how loved they are and how many people are thinking of them. Please consider donating as well and leaving a message to the Forrey’s that they are loved and supported.
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    • $50 
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    • $50 
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Fundraising team: We Love the Forreys (3)

Lynn Perkins 
Raised $1,950 from 21 donations
Boise, ID
Brenna Forrey 
Rachel Freeman 
Team member