GGL- Gina's Gift for Life
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!
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.
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
Hi Daniel. Gina has been on my mind for several days and I wanted to ask how she is? If you could email me or contact me and let me know I'd really appreciate it.