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Help Jessi Kick Cancer's Butt

$11,350 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 3 months
Created September 29, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jessica Stetina
Let me begin by saying,  I (Lindsey) am an old friend of Jessi's and along with MANY who love this girl, want to help her and her family. This GoFundMe page is being set up for the Stetina family because SO many have been asking how they can help. I know they covet your prayers, thoughts and support but this is a tangible way that we can all help as they begin a battle that will change their lives. It is no secret cancer is expensive. In fact, it's shocking how much it takes from families financially when all a person really should have to do is focus on healing and getting well. That's what we want for the Stetina family. If we can all come together and help, even if to lighten their load in a small way, well by golly let's do this! We love this family so much!  Her Story (the condensed version): Jessi is wife to Joe and mommy to Cole (6), Jax (4) and Natalie (2). She  is arguably one of the funniest, most sincere people you will ever know and I've had the incredible honor to know her for 20+ years! In May 2018, Jessi went to the hospital with what she thought would result in gall bladder surgery, only to discover she had a tumor in her intestine and it would later be revealed to be cancerous. She had surgery to have the tumor removed but was left with huge question  marks as to WHAT this was. Doctors had NO idea what type of cancer this was and so began her MONTHS long journey to figuring out this medical mystery.  Please read her full cancer story and follow her journey on her blog:  https://www.cancerunknown.com/  There is so much more involved in her fight to find a diagnosis.  She has been through a lot of testing and waiting. Her husband and kids have endured all of this with her every step of the way. She has been commuting to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC for appointments and tests which is not an easy trip! Just recently they were able to tell her she has stage 4 sarcoma and the median prognosis for this diagnosis is 18-24 months. You can imagine the impact of this news. It is earth-shattering.  Jessi will begin aggressive chemotherapy very soon which begins with port placement surgery at Johns Hopkins. Her path ahead is going to be tough. It's going to be a lot to handle for her and her family. If you are unable to give financially, please know your prayers are SO very needed and appreciated. Let's rally together to help this sweet family. I believe we can, at the very least, help with the financial burden of cancer as she begins the fight of her life, for her life. 
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Update 3
Posted by Lindsey Stratmann
3 months ago
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Just wanting to send a big virtual hug to each and every one of you that have given financially, prayed, brought meals and offered love to the Stetina family. I know they are beside themselves with gratitude! I am not surprised how deep Jessi's impact is proving to be. She is such a special person and being able to help her and her sweet family is an honor. She is home from her first chemo treatment. How good it must feel to be back in her own bed, snuggling her precious family. Thank you, everyone! Please continue to pray this chemo does it's job!
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Update 2
Posted by Lindsey Stratmann
3 months ago
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Last night Jessi began in-patient chemotherapy. She is doing well considering the circumstances. They ended up finding out the abdominal fluid had to do with an infection which they are now treating as well. They are taking good care of her at JH. Please stay in prayer for Jessi, Joe, Cole, Jax and Natalie. This is going to be a difficult storm to walk through, but I know God is hearing all of our prayers and I've already seen Him at work in this situation! I think if I could say one thing to everyone who has donated, prayed, texted and supported them, it would be: you'll never know this side of heaven the impact you have made upon this family. They are touched and moved by the generosity shown here. Like I said originally, she would so much rather be on the giving end and has lived her entire life this way. I'm so grateful to each and every one of you precious people that have offered your support. We are so close to raising enough to meet their 2019 deductible and I fully believe we will! Cancer can rob her of her health for the time being but it is NOT going to rob her of anything else. Can I get an "amen"?!
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Update 1
Posted by Lindsey Stratmann
3 months ago
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Sweet kiddos at the start of the 2018 school year! These pictures are too adorable not to share.
Natalie
Jax
Cole
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$11,350 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 3 months
Created September 29, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jessica Stetina
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