GGL- Gina's Gift for Life

$81,710 of $100k goal

Raised by 640 people in 1 month
Daniel Maltese  Vaughan, ON

This is a story about Gina, a grade 2 teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board who has dedicated her life to her students.  Gina needs your help.  Gina's journey started six years ago when she found out that she has the BRCA1 gene that can lead to an increased risk of cancer, particularly breast or ovarian in women.

As a precaution, Gina decided to have a double mastectomy and have her ovaries removed to decrease her risk.  This decision was not made lightly and in the end it resulted in a “clean bill of health”.  She returned to a “normal” life with her loving husband and two beautiful children, Cristina and Anthony… THEN the unimaginable occurs…  Gina is now facing Triple Negative Stage 4 Breast Cancer.  Doctors here have given up.  WE ARE NOT! Gina is frantically heading to a hospital in Germany to receive cutting edge chemotherapy treatment not available yet in Canada and will face the battle of her life.  She needs to leave in 2 weeks, as time is of the essence.  Each treatment costs between $25,000 Euros and she needs a minimum of 4 treatments.  Therefore, we are desperately hoping to raise over $100,000 with your help. 

Miracles can happen and we believe that our faith will lead us in this journey! Let’s join her in her battle and give Gina the Gift for Life!

 

 

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Update 8
Posted by Gina Maltese
2 days ago
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Hello everyone today Gina received results from her first 2 treatments and they were very positive. She is doing well and needs to have the third and fourth treatment to bury this cancer. So thankyou for your continued support and please spread the link.
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Update 7
Posted by Gina Maltese
9 days ago
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Hello to everyone who has supported us.
Today Gina is finally feeling herself. Even though she is feeling much better we were told that she definitely needs four treatments which puts us roughly $37,000 Canadian shy of our goal.
So please spread the word about Gina's illness, every bit helps. Thankyou for your continued support and have good holiday weekend and Happy Easter.
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Update 6
Posted by Gina Maltese
1 month ago
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To everyone who has supported us thankyou so much for enabling Gina to receive this life saving Treatment​. If you can continue to spread the word it would be greatly appreciated as we are not out of the woods yet.
Once again Thank-you
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Update 5
Posted by Gina Maltese
1 month ago
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Hello this is Daniel, just letting everyone know Gina underwent her first treatment today thanks to everyone's generosity and support. Please keep on spreading the link. Thank-you
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Shawna Gingrich
1 month ago
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I would be interested to know how she found the cancer? As a woman who is also a BRCA 1 carrier and has gone through a hysterectomy and double mastectomy, it would be helpful to know what to check for! Best of luck with everything!

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Sarah Ringshall Clark
1 month ago

Hi really sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It's got some news here in the U.K. especially within the BRCA community over here and for us who have also had preventative surgery this is really worrying! Like Shawna below we would like to know how the breast cancer was found an abscess is mentioned in the armpit then lung cancer - was the primary breast cancer as in was a lump found near the implant or reconstructed breasts? My sister had triple negative BC and it was a lump It would be good to have an awareness thankyou x good luck with your treatment in Germany we hope it works x

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$81,710 of $100k goal

Raised by 640 people in 1 month
Created February 24, 2017
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$50
Nancy Salemi
10 hours ago
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$100
Robyn Knezic
2 days ago

Sending hugs and prayers, Love Robyn, Nick & Talia

$100
Anonymous
2 days ago
$100
Antonio Ruberto
4 days ago
$25
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4 days ago
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Lindsey Cooper
4 days ago
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$20
Annemarie Dri
6 days ago
CB
$10
Christina Badia
8 days ago
AD
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Antoinette D'Armiento
8 days ago
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$50
Tina Vitoria
8 days ago
Shawna Gingrich
1 month ago
2
2

I would be interested to know how she found the cancer? As a woman who is also a BRCA 1 carrier and has gone through a hysterectomy and double mastectomy, it would be helpful to know what to check for! Best of luck with everything!

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Sarah Ringshall Clark
1 month ago

Hi really sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It's got some news here in the U.K. especially within the BRCA community over here and for us who have also had preventative surgery this is really worrying! Like Shawna below we would like to know how the breast cancer was found an abscess is mentioned in the armpit then lung cancer - was the primary breast cancer as in was a lump found near the implant or reconstructed breasts? My sister had triple negative BC and it was a lump It would be good to have an awareness thankyou x good luck with your treatment in Germany we hope it works x

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