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Kika's Pancreatic Cancer Fund

$41,636 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 7 months
Created June 26, 2018
TeamWinKika
on behalf of Christine Garcia-Concheso
Our dear friend Kika (Christine Garcia-Concheso) was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Stage III, on June 18th. At this point, the only treatment available is chemotherapy. If she responds well and if cancer has not spread, she might be able to have surgery after several rounds of chemo, but the doctor suspects there are a few cancer spots on the liver too. We all know Kika, she is in severe pain, but always in a great mood and is enduring all the tests exceptionally well.

Housing Situation
Kika's house was severely damaged during the hurricane last year. There was significant flooding, and she lost almost all the renovations she had done to the house a few months before, including a brand new kitchen and flooring. She has been fighting with the insurance and just now got the approval to fix the house (although she did not get all the money she was asking for). She will start renovations soon and will try to sell the house as soon as it is done. Currently, her home has no kitchen, no living room, no washer/dryer and only one functioning bathroom. That was "fine" until she was diagnosed with cancer. Now she cannot stay there anymore, nor she can deal with the remodeling herself (to save money she was going to supervise it). We plan to rent her a small apartment, preferably near her son and his family immediately, since she will start chemo on July 13th. In the meanwhile and whenever she wants, she will stay at my house. She knows she is always welcome here (we set up a bedroom for her) and I will do everything I can to be with her at every medical appointment and treatment, but I know she would like to have her own place and be close to her grandson. By the way, Kika's son and his family live in a two-bedroom condo, so there is no space to accommodate Kika and her beloved dogs comfortably.

Work and Income
Work-wise; the situation is even tougher. Kika always worked as an independent contractor but has no new projects (nor she can take new projects right now.) So, she will have no income at all, but a very small retirement check.

Health Insurance and Medical Expenses
Her health insurance is Medicare, and she will have several out of pocket expenses. We also would like to get a second opinion from MD Anderson or John Hopkins in Maryland and to join medical trials around the U.S. that offer hope.


This gofundme campaign is to help us get through the next few months until her house is sold. She plans to use the house money to pay for her future expenses. Unfortunately, we cannot wait until she sells the house and, with no new project/work, she cannot afford to rent an apartment or pay for her mortgage, treatment, and medication.

I know Kika has some great friends out there and that you all will help her through this. Any amount is highly appreciated. I plan to post a few updates here, but if you would like to contact Kika and/or myself directly, please email TeamWinKika@gmail.com. We both have access to that email so that I can send updates in her behalf. Thank you all so very much.
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Please join us for Kika’s Memorial Mass:

Monday, February 25 at 7:30pm.

St. Kieran Church
3605 S Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33133
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Friends,

We are sad to announce that, last night, our dear friend Kika lost her brave fight against pancreatic cancer. She will be incredibly missed by her family and friends, but she will forever live on in our hearts.

I personally want to thank each and every one of you who contributed to this fundraiser. You have no idea how much peace of mind your support gave Kika in the last months of her fight.

As per Kika’s wishes, there will be no service at this time. Please spare a thought for her family in this time of sorrow.

Thank you again for everything.

Silvia
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Friends,

Kika had her third chemotherapy last Tuesday and has been doing better than after the first two treatments. This time, because of the severe adverse reaction she had following the second chemo, they reduced the treatment by 20% and we believe that did the trick. Now, all we want is for Kika to continue well enough to keep the chemo treatments every two weeks.

Thank you again for all the well wishes and donations.

Silvia
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Friends,

It has been a while, and Kika went through a lot in the last few weeks. She is better now and, thanks to all of your donations, she has moved to a temporary apartment next to her son. Her beloved grandson stops by often, and they have a lot of fun together. Maria Helena, her stepmother, arrived from Brazil a week ago and is living with Kika full time.

Kika will restart chemotherapy next week, this time a little bit less potent than the last one to try to reduce the side effects. We are hopeful that this will make the treatment more bearable.

Kika enjoys thanking each one of you directly, but she wasn't able to type for these last few weeks, so I apologize. We will catch up soon.!
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$41,636 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 7 months
Created June 26, 2018
TeamWinKika
on behalf of Christine Garcia-Concheso
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