In Memory of Angela Chandler

Many folks know Angie from her work as a technician with Kaiser’s clinical pharmacy department, or from her role as the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the Magic Judge Community. Personally, I know her through that role, having worked with her for years mentoring judges, planning conferences, and running tournaments. Those of you who have worked with her in judging know that she is one of the most caring and hard-working folks in the community and tends to surround herself with the same.

Angie doesn’t often have time to ask for help while she’s busy caring for everyone else. However, she is finally letting us return the favor! During her battle with cancer so far, she has balanced caring for not only her two beautiful children, Ben (7)  and Emma (4), but also her work/extended judge family, all while recovering from surgery and chemotherapy treatments. She has a great support network, but all of this has left her exhausted. And of course due to the healthcare system in the United States, her healthcare bills have become exhausting as well.

How can you help? We are starting with a goal of $6,000 to take care of some upcoming testing and consultation. The type and primary site of the cancer have been impossible to pin down with the tests conducted so far.  There is an older type of test that is used to identify the type and site of the cancer, but it is not considered a primary diagnostic and therefore won’t be covered under insurance.

Paying for this and a secondary consult, possibly with City of Hope or UCLA, are key goals of this fundraiser. The test should cost around $3,000, so the rest is to go toward childcare and other healthcare expenses, and maybe a few ordered-in meals to give Angie one less thing to worry about.

Summary of treatment to date:

The first sign that something was wrong was mild but persistent stomach discomfort. This turned out to be a malignant buildup of fluid in the abdomen that was being caused by cancerous masses on her ovaries and abdomen.

The surgeons at Kaiser successfully removed those masses, but the cancer has spread to other parts of her body and caused her to retain fluid that requires regular removal. Chemo has slowed the fluid buildup considerably, but has caused serious neuropathy and other detrimental side effects.

The primary should be somewhere, probably very small, however pathology done on the removed tissue from previous surgeries has found no malignancy, which unfortunately ruled out the possibility that it had been accidentally removed during one of those procedures.

There are some routine steps that are being undertaken, such as reordering the cancer marker test and scheduling another PET scan, but the options that give her the best chance at getting new information are the secondary consultation and additional testing.

Cancer is a scary battle, and it’s easy to feel helpless when your friend is going through such a hard fight. This is how we can best assist Angie today, (Aside from any visiting you want to do and scotch or Japanese whiskey you want to send her way <3 ) so please join us in helping her mitigate these costs.

If you want to contribute directly, here are a couple options for you!

Paypal Family & Friends: [email redacted]

Venmo: @Angela-Chandler-11


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Fundraising team: Team Angie (9)

David Zimet 
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Angela Chandler 
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