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Lia's kick cancer's ass fund

$12,420 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 9 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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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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Hi Lia’s amazing support system. Thought I’d give a quick update. Lia just celebrated her birthday 2 weeks ago with a small Halloween get together at home. She was in great spirits. She has another scan this Wednesday to check on tumor growth (or hopefully shrinkage). She is still on steroids to fight inflammation issues. Follow up next week. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers & send extra good vibes her way on Wednesday.
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Hi Lia’s amazing support system. Thought I’d give a quick update. Lia just celebrated her birthday 2 weeks ago with a small Halloween get together at home. She was in great spirits. She has another scan this Thursday to check on tumor growth (or hopefully shrinkage). She is still on steroids to fight inflammation issues. Follow up next week. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers & send extra good vibes her way on Thursday.
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Raised by 180 people in 9 months
Created July 1, 2017
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