On July 21,2005 Annalisa and |Manuel Martin have been blessed with two angels Donna and Dannica. The first time I met the twins I knew they were special untill one day in October 2012 when they were 7 years old other twins Donna started feeling ill. Annalisa noticed Donna was having nausea and vomiting followed by limping and then dragging her left foot, that's the time when they found out that Donna has a rare form of tumor Ependymoma in her brain, of course her twin sister Dannica and the two siblings were devastated. It was so difficult for the family to accept this reality, but as a family they are ready to do whatever it takes to have their beautiful Princess fight this rare form of cancer. But with exceptional Doctors and care from the Sick Kids Hospital they have to sacrifice. Annalisa and Manuel has to drive all the way from Ottawa to Toronto so that Donna can have craniotomy and radiation treatment done at Toronto Sick kids Hospital the same year she was diagnosed. We thought she had gotten better, she even went back to school and participate in any corricular activities, and also Donna's hair started to grow. But just when we thought everything was working in our favor, she once again started feeling weak on the other side of her legs and body, that is when we were told that she had recurrence of her tumor she was 9 years old then. She again had another craniotomy done and radiation then every 3 months she has to go on MRI. Amidst all the sacrifices Annalisa's family is going through they never lost faith that somehow they can overcome this.
Then unfortunate news came once again, she had relapse a month ago the most recent MRI revealed nodules in her brain and multiple in her lungs. This could be the most heart -wrenching news I have received in my life as if someone took my heart away. As I am writing this I am in tears. Annalisa and Manuel was told that the only possible treatment available is a trial chemotherapy that the Hospital of sick kids is currently working on with no guarantee with what the outcome could be but they are ready for this. They are prepared to do everything for her. Unfortunately with her 3 siblings one in University it had gotten really difficult for Annalssa to sustain their household cost and expenses daily. In addition Donna was put on Naturopathic treatment , her accupuncture,vitamins,hypnotherapy, reflexology session, just to name a few have been really difficult to sustain.
I am really hoping that perhaps you can help me raise $20,000 for them. I wish I could help them more and I do not know where else I can turn to for assistance. I will forever be grateful.
- Judy Grodsworth
- Tammy Campagna
- Kahetonni Mitchell
- Lorri Anne
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