Rally for Amara's Journey

An Update to Amara’s Journey….

Amara Strande, now almost 17 years old, is once again facing a fierce battle with cancer.  After several months of clear scans in 2018, the most recent scan in February identified a mass in her abdomen which led to surgery in March to remove the mass and a chain of abdominal lymph nodes. A rigorous round of chemotherapy commences in April which will last into the summer.  Once again, medical expenses are mounting, and we are again seeking ongoing prayer support and financial donations to help ease the expense burden for the Strande family.

Amara’s journey has been long.  The initial surgery Amara underwent in fall of 2017 resulted in the removal of a tumor larger than the softballs Amara used to pitch, as well as most of her liver. An extended hospital stay in Pediatric ICU followed as her body fought to regenerate her liver and recover from the onslaught of multiple surgeries. She was able to go home by Christmas with a 3-month round of chemotherapy to follow.  

The first few scans after Chemo were promising with no sign of the cancer returning.  Throughout 2018 Amara fought hard in a different way, attempting to regain a semblance of normalcy.   In addition to physical and occupational therapy, she partnered with tutors and attended summer school to try to make up for the school she missed her sophomore year.  She once again attended school with her class last fall, signed up for PSEO classes at Century College, rejoined her choir peers at Angelica Cantanti, and was back on stage performing in “The Lord of the Flies” with the Tartan Theatre group.

Through all struggles over the past 18 months Amara’s family has felt so blessed with the outpouring of prayers and support provided by friends, family and the community.   Amara is a strong and resilient girl but this battle is long.   She and the family need the continued support of those around her to provide the strength and endurance to meet whatever this path asks of them.  We look forward to the day Amara returns to complete and whole health. Please partner with us in prayer and in financially supporting Amara’s quest for health and life.



  • Maggie Brickson  
    • $200 
    • 3 mos
  • Debra Wilcox 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • LeeAnne Watkins  
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Martha Beckwith  
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Judy Hoover 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Tina Rubey Shasky 
Saint Paul, MN
Michael Strande 
  • #1 fundraising platform

    People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more