Greta's battle against cancer

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Raised by 3,618 people in 17 months
Katie Findlay
on behalf of Lindsey Marofke
 Calgary, AB
Update from September 20, 2017:

The most beautiful, fantastic, sweet, precious girl left us early this morning. Greta took her last breath snuggled between her Mama and Dada
The pain we feel is unbearable, and words cannot express how much we already miss her, but we know our girl is no longer suffering. Our hearts are broken and will NEVER be the same. We LOVE you Miss Greta.
#gladiatorgreta

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This is Greta!

And this is the story of Greta's battle with cancer...


Greta was a happy, healthy energetic baby. Then she started having some vague symptoms, unexplained fever, a little nausea, less stamina. After various tests Greta went for an ultrasound and that's when our world was forever changed. The scans showed Greta had a mass on her liver.

In September 2015, days before she turned 2 years old, Greta was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma – an extremely rare liver cancer found in fewer than 1 in a million children.

Greta started her first chemo treatment on her 2nd birthday. She tolerated her treatment extremely well!  Though she lost her hair and had to be isolated because of low immunity, Greta remained a happy, exuberant child.



At the end of March 2016 – after 2 major surgeries, 10 chemotherapy sessions and endless pokes and procedures, she was done her treatment and had "no evidence of disease". The Oncologists said recurrence was unlikely. We were overjoyed!  We enjoyed the summer with Greta and her big brother Ben. Spending lots of time at the lake and watching her change from a baby to a little girl. 

Then, on a routine follow up doctor visit, we had disturbing results from a blood test - it looked like the cancer was back. More tests and scans revealed that it was. The good news was that it had not metastasized. We started chemo all over again almost exactly a year after the first round and were told she would need a liver transplant.

We have been working extensively with doctors in Calgary, Toronto and Cincinnati on how best to take care of Greta’s relapsed hepatoblastoma (liver cancer).  Our Canadian doctors have done everything they can to help but, in this case, our system is far behind many of the large centers in the world.

Dr. Geller, a paediatric oncologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, has a special interest in hepatoblastoma and much more experience than any Canadian doctors. .

He has spoken with us at length about Greta's situation and has offered to help in any way he can. With being denied a transplant in Canada, he is our only chance to get Greta a healthy liver. He has been working closely with our Canadian doctors but is convinced he can do more to help Greta than is possible here. In his practice he has been personally been involved in 9 rescue liver transplants (transplant after resection) and 8 of these children are doing well! Dr. Geller believes Greta has and deserves a shot at life.

But it is expensive! 

We are travelling to Cincinnati right away to start the evaluation process for a possible liver transplant and a procedure called T.A.R.E  which will help to hopefully stabilize her tumour and prevent it from spreading beyond her liver but we need approximately  $150K US for the procedure.  However, there is a chance they would be able to transplant right away. This would require A LOT more money.

We asked for the cost of this treatment and were told that for initial evaluation, transplant surgery and follow up care and chemo until she can return home it would be USD $1.2M.  Above this would be travel and living expenses for us, Greta's parents, while she is in Cincinnati. At this time, AB Health Care will not be covering the cost of Greta’s transplant surgery.

We need help! And we need it right away. Greta's life depends on it. So much of the journey through childhood cancer is lonely and isolating, but our friends and family have rallied around to support us as best they can. And we need you now more than ever. 

Every single dollar will help give Greta a chance at life, a chance she deserves.  

If any funds collected are unused for Greta's care we will donate them to a Children's cancer care/research charity. Words cannot express how greatful we are for all the support and donations. Thank you!

Love Steve, Lindsey, Ben and Greta xoxo


Information requested by GoFundMe:
My name is Katie Findlay and I am a long time family friend working on behalf of the Marofke's to raise money to help Greta. The money will be used to cover the cost of Greta's transplant surgery and subsequent medical costs associated with the surgery. The funds go directly to Lindsey Marofke as the sole collector on the GoFundMe account. Lindsey withdraws funds as needed to pay for the medical expenses.
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The most beautiful, fantastic, sweet, precious girl left us early this morning. Greta took her last breath snuggled between her Mama and Dada
The pain we feel is unbearable, and words cannot express how much we already miss her, but we know our girl is no longer suffering. Our hearts are broken and will NEVER be the same. We LOVE you Miss Greta.
#gladiatorgreta
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Update from Lindsey and Steve:
We don't even know what to say! We got a call today from Cincinnati and they are going to do the transplant!!!!! We still have lots to figure out and don't know the details yet, but this is the best news we could have ever received!!! This girl is our hero!! Thank you for all the donations, we will need your support more than ever now!
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Update for Greta.

It has been a busy couple of days for us here in Cincinnati with things changing quickly. We met with a team of doctors and health care professionals and had a very long discussion about Greta's situation. It is not a straight forward, easy case with Greta. Her tumor has changed and is getting more aggressive.

We went through many different scenarios with the team here on what might happen. The transplant review board had an initial meeting today to discuss Greta. Not unexpectedly, she was not approved for a transplant today. The good news is the door is still open, but ultimately, we could still be facing a rejection for transplant here as well. The other good news is the oncologist thinks he can help us overcome this. The team believes if we demonstrate that we can at least get her tumor somewhat under control, we will have a better chance of being approved for the transplant.

We are going to do a couple of things with Greta to try to make this transplant happen. The first thing we are going to do is to give her more chemotherapy. This is going to be happening tomorrow morning. The oncologist here has some ideas on what different chemos he can try to get control of her tumor.

The second thing we have been discussing is a procedure called TARE or trans arterial radio embolization.This will also hopefully stop or slow down the tumor in her liver and help to prevent the tumor from spreading to any other part of her body.

Once we have done these things, some time may need to pass to be able to demonstrate that the cancer has not already spread. Right now we are being told 1-2 months.

We believe we are doing what is best for Greta and giving her the chance she deserves. The team here in Cincinnati seems willing to push the envelope a bit further than other institutions. However, at the end of the day, we are still not guaranteed to get the liver transplant we need to save Greta, but we have to try and that is why we are here.

The support we have received so far has been astounding and humbling and more than I ever could have imagined. Steve and I are both born and raised Calgarians and the support from the community, the country and even further beyond has been so uplifting during these stressful days. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Thank you so much for the support, we are overwhelmed with everyone's generosity. We have arrived safely in Cincinnati and will be meeting Dr. Geller this morning. Stay tuned for more updates!
We've arrived in Cincinnati!
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Charlotte Bouck
15 months ago

Hello. Have just promoted the idea of a pop up concert in High River AB to raise money for your wee girl. I fell in love with her face. Something, I can't explain. Anyway, great town here and hope to be able to create a little magic. All the very best.... Charlotte

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Elsie James
15 months ago
7
7

Heard about Greta's health challenges about 48 hours ago and am really impressed by the compassion shown by so many people in a very short time. Renews your faith in the general goodness of mankind! Our thoughts and prayers are with Greta and her family and the Doctors caring for her.

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Caryn Bergmann
14 months ago
5
5

YAY! So overjoyed to read about the good news! I saw this campaign randomly a month or so ago, when I started a campaign for my friend, and something about Greta jumped out at me! Happy I could help support your amazing girl and her amazing parents. Keep fighting, the end is now officially in sight! Soon, this will all be behind you, and she will be a normal, happy, crazy, healthy little girl!! Keep spreading the good vibes, because the universe will send them right back to you. All the best Greta! You're doing AWESOME! I hope mom and dad give you lots of yummy ice cream as a reward

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Merle Terlesky
15 months ago
4
4

Donations are great, but a real push needs to happen in AB with the health Minister of the AB NDP to pay for the treatment! They are supposed to help the little guy/gal no??

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Eliza Radovici
15 months ago
3
3

This is hearbreaking what an adorable little person she is. My prayers are with your family. I have seen friends beat cancer with natural methods and I only hope you are complimenting the traditional treatments with research of natural remedies also. Might as well try everything that might help, chemo must be so harsh on her little body. Love and prayers. God bless you Greta.

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Shelley Carrington
14 months ago
2
2

That is wonderful For your little girl ,her face is a joy, the reason I donated,you just kind of have that feeling , so keep sharing as much as you can! Wishing all the best for a special little girl & her family

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Cari Middleton
15 months ago
2
2

I just recently read about the David Foster Foundation. They help families who's children are in need of an organ transplant with financial matters. Worth looking into and hopefully helpful. Wishing and praying for all good things to come.

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Steven Kay
13 months ago
1
1

How sad is it that our own governments won't assist in her treatment.

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Joan Libby
13 months ago
1
1

Feel better soon Greta.

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Chantel M Gangl
13 months ago
1
1

I gave you what I could. She reminds me of daughter Keira who will be 3 this year. My prayers and hopes are with you. please give your brave little princess a hug and let her know her future is bright. I don't know if I can donate part of my liver I think that's how it works. But if you find information I will do it and only for your daughter. I am a donator either way. But I am just unsure how it works.

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Ashleigh Riehl
14 months ago
1
1

I do wish I could donate to help, as I understand a little can go a long way, but just wanted to specifically say I am proud! Don't let backwards policies ruin this for you! You can not put a price tag on your children's health! I sincerely hope you raise the money and can get the operation as soon as possible! Thoughts are with you!!

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Sarah Jashmin
15 months ago
1
1

Hey, Greta you cute baby more love and blessings for you. I 'll pray for you and hope you will recover from this soon.God Bless You.

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Devs Mac
15 months ago
1
1

Heard about Greta's health challenges about 48 hours ago and am really impressed by the compassion shown by so many people in a very short time. Renews your faith in the general goodness of mankind! Our thoughts and prayers are with Greta and her family and the Doctors caring for her.

+ Read More
Brittany Abernethy
9 months ago

My deepest condolences, stay strong and RIP Greta ❤️

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Mandy Cullen
9 months ago

So very sorry for your loss.

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Noreen Karch
9 months ago

Parents you gave Greta a chance, but God wanted her more. God Bless all of you as I pray for you in Peace.

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Scott Neate
9 months ago

Absolutely devastated to hear the news. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Chi Nguyen
9 months ago

My heart hurts to hear she has gone but she is in the best place now . Rest in peace Greta!!!

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David Hochman
9 months ago

I offer my heartfelt condolences. God has a very special place for Greta and may he give you strength and comfort during this sad time.

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Stellanie Criebardis Hyer
9 months ago

My heart is hurting for you. I am praying for you and your family - for healing and comfort at this time. Greta is pain-free and full of joy in heaven and her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes are watching over you. You will be reunited! May you in time be filled with hope and peace. Thinking of you.

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Charlotte Bouck
15 months ago

Hello. Have just promoted the idea of a pop up concert in High River AB to raise money for your wee girl. I fell in love with her face. Something, I can't explain. Anyway, great town here and hope to be able to create a little magic. All the very best.... Charlotte

+ Read More
Elsie James
15 months ago
7
7

Heard about Greta's health challenges about 48 hours ago and am really impressed by the compassion shown by so many people in a very short time. Renews your faith in the general goodness of mankind! Our thoughts and prayers are with Greta and her family and the Doctors caring for her.

+ Read More
Caryn Bergmann
14 months ago
5
5

YAY! So overjoyed to read about the good news! I saw this campaign randomly a month or so ago, when I started a campaign for my friend, and something about Greta jumped out at me! Happy I could help support your amazing girl and her amazing parents. Keep fighting, the end is now officially in sight! Soon, this will all be behind you, and she will be a normal, happy, crazy, healthy little girl!! Keep spreading the good vibes, because the universe will send them right back to you. All the best Greta! You're doing AWESOME! I hope mom and dad give you lots of yummy ice cream as a reward

+ Read More
Merle Terlesky
15 months ago
4
4

Donations are great, but a real push needs to happen in AB with the health Minister of the AB NDP to pay for the treatment! They are supposed to help the little guy/gal no??

+ Read More
Eliza Radovici
15 months ago
3
3

This is hearbreaking what an adorable little person she is. My prayers are with your family. I have seen friends beat cancer with natural methods and I only hope you are complimenting the traditional treatments with research of natural remedies also. Might as well try everything that might help, chemo must be so harsh on her little body. Love and prayers. God bless you Greta.

+ Read More
Shelley Carrington
14 months ago
2
2

That is wonderful For your little girl ,her face is a joy, the reason I donated,you just kind of have that feeling , so keep sharing as much as you can! Wishing all the best for a special little girl & her family

+ Read More
Cari Middleton
15 months ago
2
2

I just recently read about the David Foster Foundation. They help families who's children are in need of an organ transplant with financial matters. Worth looking into and hopefully helpful. Wishing and praying for all good things to come.

+ Read More
Steven Kay
13 months ago
1
1

How sad is it that our own governments won't assist in her treatment.

+ Read More
Joan Libby
13 months ago
1
1

Feel better soon Greta.

+ Read More
Chantel M Gangl
13 months ago
1
1

I gave you what I could. She reminds me of daughter Keira who will be 3 this year. My prayers and hopes are with you. please give your brave little princess a hug and let her know her future is bright. I don't know if I can donate part of my liver I think that's how it works. But if you find information I will do it and only for your daughter. I am a donator either way. But I am just unsure how it works.

+ Read More
Ashleigh Riehl
14 months ago
1
1

I do wish I could donate to help, as I understand a little can go a long way, but just wanted to specifically say I am proud! Don't let backwards policies ruin this for you! You can not put a price tag on your children's health! I sincerely hope you raise the money and can get the operation as soon as possible! Thoughts are with you!!

+ Read More
Sarah Jashmin
15 months ago
1
1

Hey, Greta you cute baby more love and blessings for you. I 'll pray for you and hope you will recover from this soon.God Bless You.

+ Read More
Devs Mac
15 months ago
1
1

Heard about Greta's health challenges about 48 hours ago and am really impressed by the compassion shown by so many people in a very short time. Renews your faith in the general goodness of mankind! Our thoughts and prayers are with Greta and her family and the Doctors caring for her.

+ Read More
Brittany Abernethy
9 months ago

My deepest condolences, stay strong and RIP Greta ❤️

+ Read More
Mandy Cullen
9 months ago

So very sorry for your loss.

+ Read More
Noreen Karch
9 months ago

Parents you gave Greta a chance, but God wanted her more. God Bless all of you as I pray for you in Peace.

+ Read More
Scott Neate
9 months ago

Absolutely devastated to hear the news. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

+ Read More
Chi Nguyen
9 months ago

My heart hurts to hear she has gone but she is in the best place now . Rest in peace Greta!!!

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David Hochman
9 months ago

I offer my heartfelt condolences. God has a very special place for Greta and may he give you strength and comfort during this sad time.

+ Read More
Stellanie Criebardis Hyer
9 months ago

My heart is hurting for you. I am praying for you and your family - for healing and comfort at this time. Greta is pain-free and full of joy in heaven and her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes are watching over you. You will be reunited! May you in time be filled with hope and peace. Thinking of you.

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