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Lia's kick cancer's ass fund

$12,495 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 182 people in 13 months
Created July 1, 2017
As many of you know, our young, vibrant, loving friend, Lia Vartanian, is battling cancer again.  She beat melanoma back in 2003, and it's our belief that she will beat it again this time.   Lia begins treatment next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York City.  She will be receiving immunotherapy every 2-3 weeks through IV at the NYC location of Memorial Sloan Kettering.  Her melanoma specialist there believes that this therapy will yeild the most promising result, and has had great success rates in her experience.  This time,  the melanoma has spread to her lungs and liver, so the course of treatment is more comprehensive.   It is my hope that we can help Lia with travel related expenses in and out of NYC, and medical expenses, as insurance typically does not cover 100%  of this very costly course of treatment.  So many people have asked "how can I help?"  Other than the outpouring of support via texts, calls, emails, deliveries to her home, and offers of rides into and out of the city, I think this is a great way to help her through this stressful, emotional and taxing time in her life.  I know it won't be long before Lia is back to traveling, doing yoga, kayaking,  and enjoying her friends and family.  Please consider supporing Lia in kicking cancer's ass once again.
Melissa
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Great news from Lia’s doctors at Sloan! We got her latest CT scan results yesterday. The lesions throughout her body are completely gone or much smaller. Her lungs remain totally clear! She will get another MRI to check the 2 spots on her brain in a few weeks, but Dr said based on last MRI report those spots too are going to disappear. She needs to follow up with some minor GI stuff, but it seems our warrior is winning her battle. Thanks to all of you for your kind words, calls/texts of encouragement, donations, prayers, and check ins. It means the word to her. She told me yesterday “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the amazing support everyone has shown.” I’m beyond thrilled with this news Thank you all so much!!❤️
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First & hopefully last radiation treatments for the 2 spots in Lia’s brain are complete. She’s feeling good. Optimistic. Keep sending the love.
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It’s been a while and I’m
Sorry for slacking. Your generosity is a constant light in Lia’s fight. As of today, the cancer in her lungs, spleen, and lymph nodes is imperceptible on yesterday’s scan. A couple of tiny spots remain on her liver but are expected to disappear too. This is GREAT! The next chapter of this story involves Lia’s brilliant brain. The melanoma (I hate that word) has metastasized in two very small lesions in her brain. The next step is radiation, which will get underway tomorrow. The prognosis is uncertain at this time, but having been there today to get this report, I’m
Feeling optimistic. Please keep
Lia in your prayers & thoughts. If anyone can beat this, she can.
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I just got the best birthday present ever in 47 years!! Lia just got a call from her Dr. Yesterdays scan showed the tumors are still shrinking and some are COMPLETELY GONE!!! Your support is definitely playing a role in her continued improvement. She’s still in pain & will be on steroids indefinitely, but she’s elated and so am I! ❤️
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Raised by 182 people in 13 months
Created July 1, 2017
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