Sixteen year old Nina Poeta is a cheerleader for Seymour High
School and a talented gymnast and was having trouble with headaches while
performing her routines. On Tuesday,
November 19, 2013, she received an MRI of her brain because of these headaches. The
next day her family was told to bring Nina to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New
Haven Hospital where she was diagnosed with a mass on her brain. They were told
the cancerous tumor Is located in her brain stem and can't be surgically
removed. Nina was immediately fitted for a radiation mask and will begin
radiation therapy on Monday, November 25th. She will be treated with radiation five days
a week for a total of 30 visits at Smilow. The oncology team hopes this will
shrink the tumor. This is not a cure and the mass may grow larger at any point
in the future. Chemotherapy may be required, as well, depending on the outcome
of the radiation.
This will be a very hard fight and so many people have asked how
they can help! We are organizing this site with hopes of helping raise money
for the Poeta family during this extremely difficult time. They will be looking
at time away from work, medical bills and challenges still unknown. Thank you
for your prayers, support and most of all love during this battle.
Dorie, John, Cara and, of course, precious Nina, will need as many thoughts,
prayers and support as possible. We will fight hard, we will offer support, and
we will be there to help Nina win this fight!
Please find it in your heart to donate and spread the word to as
many people as possible (email this out please!!). Cancer has affected
all of us in one way or another and we need to pull together and support this special
family and their beautiful 16 year old daughter on her road to recovery. I
appreciate that you have taken the time to read their story and even if a
monetary donation is not possible please say a prayer for Nina and the Poeta family.