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Gina Romano Medical Fund

$30,091 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 270 people in 6 months
Gina was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), which is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood.  ALL progresses rapidly without effective treatment, and it does not have a clear cause.  Gina is currently admitted at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan and will undergo treatment for the next eight months.

Like any complex disease, ALL comes with medically related complications.  Gina has already experienced a stroke, leading to vision disturbance and short-term memory loss.  She has already received transfusions, blood separation and cleaning procedures, and several treatments of chemotherapy.  She continues to undergo extensive testing in order to determine the extent of the disease and assess the associated problems.  ALL presents social and psychological challenges for the sufferer and all those who care for her.  Probably one of the greatest challenges lies in maintaining a healthy outlook and above all else, hope.  Finally, diseases like ALL present financial challenges (e.g., medical expenses, meals, travel, loss of pay and, eventually, home care). 

Our family remains hopeful and we humbly ask for your support with any or all of the aforesaid trials and tribulations.  Many friends and family have reached out to us, asking how they can help.  Eventually, Gina should be able to receive visitors, but not at this time, as her immune system is significantly compromised.  In the meantime, your donations would dramatically improve quality of life for the next several months for Gina, her husband Tony, and her two children—Meadow and Max.  No gift would be too small and all will go towards the abovementioned expenses.  Thank you in advance for your friendship and love.


Submitted and fund managed by Frank Romano (brother of Gina Romano) on behalf of sister Lisa, father Frank, husband Tony, and children Max and Meadow.
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It has been just over three months since Gina’s initial diagnosis. As you know from past updates, the road has been rocky but filled with inspiration and hope. Gina re-entered New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center today for her fourth of eight scheduled rounds of chemotherapy. The familiarity is bittersweet.

During these past few months, 261 donations from friends and family have brought us three quarters of the way to our goal for the Gina Romano Medical Fund. Thank you again to all those who have donated, posted special messages, and/or shared the GoFundMe page via social media in support of our campaign to help Gina and her family.

Thank you to those who continue to extend thoughtful gestures such as providing meals, offering rides, or simply dropping a line. Your actions, whether spontaneous or coordinated, contribute to maintaining stability and normalcy for Gina's family.

Please continue to spread the word, as all of the above provide priceless inspiration for Gina, Tony, Max and Meadow.
50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER 7TH
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Having just completed her fourth lumbar puncture and second bone marrow biopsy during these past two weeks, Gina has been readmitted for her third of eight longer-term inpatient stays at New Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Barring any complications and with the hopes of a successful Round Three, she’ll be released on time to celebrate her 50th birthday. Needless to say, her perspective on turning 50 has changed quite dramatically, but she and our family remain hopeful as we continue to support her in her battle against Leukemia.

Continued thanks to all those who have donated, posted special messages, and/or shared the GoFundMe page via social media in support of our campaign to help Gina and her family. We are on our way to crossing the three-quarter mark to our goal. Thank you to those who continue to extend thoughtful gestures such as but not limited to providing meals, offering rides, or simply dropping a line. Your actions, whether spontaneous or coordinated, continue to help with maintaining stability and normalcy for Gina's family.

Please continue to spread the word, as all of the above provide priceless inspiration for Gina, Tony, Max and Meadow. Please join us in wishing Gina a Happy Birthday on October 7. Thank you.
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People often use the term "life-changing" to describe dramatic changes brought about by significant challenges, and though it sounds a bit cliché, these are the only words that comes to mind lately. While most of us have been preparing to send our kids off to school, faced only with the everyday challenge of juggling our family lives, Gina continues to live life one day at a time, battling Leukemia and praying that her family will survive their greatest challenge to date.

Having just completed schedule B1 of the hyper-CVAD regimen, she is thankful to have made it home in time to see Max and Meadow begin their Junior year. B1 of the hyper-CVAD regimen is the second of eight sessions of chemotherapy—four As and four Bs. She now has eighteen days to recover from the side effects and low immune system complications. In addition to the standard eight sessions, Gina undergoes bone marrow draws to test for treatment effectiveness and lumbar punctures to take samples of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for testing and deliver chemotherapy to the brain and the spinal cord. She receives blood transfusions and booster shots. She now waits for her white blood cell count to increase and return to normal before her next treatment. Despite all the challenges, her family remains hopeful.

"Life-changing" feels like an understated description for Gina and all those who battle alongside her. Together, we’ve learned more than we ever imagined we would about PICC lines and ports; blood clots, cell production, and transfusion; neutropenia and infection; and even the art of tying head wraps. We've learned to appreciate timing between a well-delivered joke and shared silence and how both can bring more peace to Gina than everyday pearls of wisdom such as "everything happens for a reason." Most importantly, we’ve gotten to know the faces of an incredible team of doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and aides.

Thank you so much to all those who have donated, posted special messages, and/or shared the GoFundMe page via social media in support of our campaign to help Gina and her family. Thank you to those who continue to extend thoughtful gestures such as but not limited to providing meals, offering rides, or simply dropping a line. Your actions, whether spontaneous or coordinated, help to maintain stability and normalcy for Gina's family.

Please continue to spread the word, as all of the above provide priceless inspiration for Gina, Tony, Max and Meadow. Thank you.
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Having just completed her first of eight chemotherapy cycles, Gina has returned home to rest and recover. Doctors seem confident as Gina prepares herself for the next of the seven remaining battles in her war against Leukemia. As previously shared, the complications associated with this disease are just as challenging as the disease itself, sometimes even more so.

Challenges like the psychological impact of losing all of one's hair and the discomfort of infections takes courage and resiliency that is sometimes hard to sustain. This past week, Gina donned her first scarf and lost a tooth to a reoccuring abscess. But all those who know her well know that Gina is a fighter. With her family and friends beside her, she grows more confident in her ability to beat all odds and land among the survivors.

This coming Monday, Gina will return to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center for a second lumbar puncture, which will sample her spinal fluid, looking for traces of hidden cancer cells, while delivering chemotherapy as a preventive measure. She will also attend her first routine visit with her oncologist, hoping to gain additional information about her road to remission.

Please continue to keep Gina in your daily thoughts, and please spread the word about our family's campaign to support her with her financial challenges. Thank you.
HOME AT LAST! ROUND ONE OVER...
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