College and Medical Fund

Hello! My name is Holly, I am 18 years old and I am almost finished with my cancer treatment! Two weeks into my freshman year of college, I began having trouble breathing along with other strange symptoms.  As I was walking to my classes, I was extremely out of breath, but I thought it was probably stress and just ignored it.  As the days went on, it got progressively worse and I could not even get dressed without having to sit and catch my breath. Finally my parents convinced me to go to student health services. There I had a chest x-ray that revealed a large mass in my chest in addition to some sort of substance surrounding my lungs. My parents made the four hour drive to the emergency room I was taken to, not knowing anything. When they arrived at midnight, they were told that they suspected I had cancer. After spending two days in a Massachussets hospital, I was airlifted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC where I was finally diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.

After about six months of numerous trips to NYC for blood work, scans, and many hours of chemotherapy, I am finally in remission and have only two weeks of radiation left! All of my scans are clear and I am ready to get back to school in the fall. While this is extremely exciting for me, I know that going to college will be a struggle for my family with the seemingly everpresent pile of medical bills, adding up to over 175,000 dollars, and then tuition to follow. Being in a single parent household, and the fact that my sister will also be going to college in a year and a half, makes this even more difficult. I know that any help we get will be that much less stress on my family.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I appreciate every donation and every positive thought sent my way!

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Holly Levenstein 
Rockville Centre, NY
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