Tiffany's BrainTumor Operation Fund

$4,553 of $10k goal

Raised by 63 people in 28 months
Carl Halstrom  SAN DIEGO, CA
Friends and Family,

Thank you for your support ahead of time.

This Christmas we have received crushing news...Our daughter Tiffany has been diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. a glioma tumor, that is located in the pons area of the brain. It is almost the size of a golf ball and is quickly killing her. 8 weeks ago she was playing with the other children and just 6 weeks ago we had to take her to the Dr who immediately sent her to the hospital and contacted the neurologists for examination. Upon receipt of the mri report, and after talking with the doctors, we were devastated to hear that our daughter had very little hope of making it more than a few months. Tiffany is only 9 years old.

Just the night of Dec 18th she had her first operation to install a tube to help drain excessive fluids from the brain. She has never recovered very well from that first operation and we assumed she would be needing a second very expensive operation called a Gama Knife procedure. Unfortunally the doctors in Manila do not agree with this assessment and instead feel that we should proceede with radiation therapy instead. Also as unfortunat is the fact that the second MRI shows that the tumor has grown in size by nearly 1cm in the past month. We have already spent 3 thousand dollars In the past 3 days stay in the hospital and we have not even began to do any treatment. This was only to bring Tiffany back to a reasonable condition. They can not do conventional operation because the location is inoperable. Our new schedule will be to go back to Cebu and proceede with Radiation therapy for Tiffany.  

We need at least 10,000 usd to pay for this Radiation Therapy and the continued support for follow up treatments. 

We need lots of good people to help us. We really depend on this.  As you know, we have been serving God as missionaries in the Phillipines. We are not prepared for this financially or emotionally. No one really can be prepared for something like this. Will you please help us?  We will keep this posted untill the end of Feburary or at which time our treatment options are fulfilled.

Thank you,

Brother Carl Halstrom
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Update 19
Posted by Carl Halstrom
27 months ago
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Good Morning/Evening depending upon where in the world you are living..... A final note to everyone with a great big thank you for all that shared and donated to support our Daughter both in the attempted surgery and in supplying funding to help pay hospital bills and funeral expenses.... Please do not send any more funds via this gofundme because we are going to close this account .... God bless everyone of you that helped us....Elsie and Carl Halstrom
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Update 18
Posted by Carl Halstrom
27 months ago
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Elsie and I wish to thank all of you on this sight that sent funds for Tiffany's brain tumor funds.... Tiffany passed away Friday Jan 23 at 9:41am while we were still in Manila trying to do the Gama Knife operation. Unfortunally we were not able to do this operation and on the way home we had to rush Tiffany to the hospital. Tiffany was in poor condition for 2 days but was not in any pain because she had gone into a coma after the first night and never recovered. The last thing she did was to raise her little arm to give me a hug, as to say to me I love you papa. I know that is what she was saying to me. I love you also Little One and will miss you. We have a deep hole in our family right now but still need to continue on with a viewing and funeral services. Please if you wish to make donations for these things including our transportation and the transportation of the coffin back to our home we would be so grateful..... God Bless Love the Halstrom's Carl Elsie and Little Tiffany.
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Update 17
Posted by Carl Halstrom
27 months ago
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First of all we want to express our thanks to all of you that have supported Tiffany's Brain Tumor Fund.... We had our meeting this morning with the top Neurosurgeons in the Philippines. We do not have the option of the Gama Knife operation because the tumor is just too big and has been too aggressive to treat with the gama knife procedure.. The Doctors here are recommending that we give radiation therapy and have pedia neurologists help us to do day to day care for her... We will be traveling back to Cebu with an RN to assist us during the travel. In Cebu we are presently looking for an apartment to rent for the next few months so that we can have good access to medical assistance. We will also hire a private nurse to assist with such things as feeding and IV assistance and any necessary medications as prescribed by the doctors. We will also be entering a radiation treatment program for length of life but still looking at 6 to 8 months of some improvements....maybe?? Its all up to God as to what will happen because the doctors are telling us to go home and make her as comfortable as we can with the less expensive care in our home......We will continue to do what we can to pray and seek God for and in her behalf... Please do the same with us...Thank you so much and God bless you all.
The Halstrom Family
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Update 16
Posted by Carl Halstrom
27 months ago
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Good Evening/Morning We admitted Tiffany into Cardinal Santos Hospital on Friday night late with some problems with her breathing and eating. Tiffany had lost about 4 to 5 k this past few weeks and was not eating well at all the hole day before we brought her here. She is doing better now and Is watching after Mini Mouse who is so sick and resting in bed with Tiffany...... We will have a meeting with the Neurologists sometime today or tomorrow to go over the plan that the doctors here are recommending....Please continue to help and support Tiffany because we are already with more expenses because of this unexpected extra stay in the hospital...
we have already extra ct scan and they are asking for another MR..... Okay God bless everyone that is keeping up with things here....
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Penny Salcedo
28 months ago

Is there any way to donate if one has no access to using a creditcard? My thoughts and prayers for the success of your operation Tiffany, and strength and courage for your family members, most esp your parents. Will help spread awareness of this fund raising. God bless those who will contribute in any amount. I believe that GOD is the GREATEST HEALER AMONGST ALL HEALERS & DOCTORS. May the grace and love of our LORD JESUS CHRIST restore you in full health. In Jesus Mighty Name we pray. Amen!

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Sapuro Rayphand
28 months ago

God have mercy. Please help Carl and his family. Amen.

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$4,553 of $10k goal

Raised by 63 people in 28 months
Created December 21, 2014
$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
$100
David Germain
27 months ago
$50
Anonymous
27 months ago
AB
$50
Arnie Brown
27 months ago
RW
$258
Rosalie Wiliams
27 months ago
WM
$20
Wouter De Muynck
27 months ago
SS
$100
Stefan Summerer
27 months ago

Dear Tiffany, get well soon. Stefan & Angelika Greetings from Germany

LC
$40
Laura Coker
27 months ago
GE
$200
Glenn & Elgie
27 months ago
LC
$20
Laura Coker
27 months ago
Penny Salcedo
28 months ago

Is there any way to donate if one has no access to using a creditcard? My thoughts and prayers for the success of your operation Tiffany, and strength and courage for your family members, most esp your parents. Will help spread awareness of this fund raising. God bless those who will contribute in any amount. I believe that GOD is the GREATEST HEALER AMONGST ALL HEALERS & DOCTORS. May the grace and love of our LORD JESUS CHRIST restore you in full health. In Jesus Mighty Name we pray. Amen!

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Sapuro Rayphand
28 months ago

God have mercy. Please help Carl and his family. Amen.

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