Love for Liza

$566,219 of $500k goal

Raised by 3,583 people in 19 months
Ann Marie Haynie   SHREVEPORT, LA
In 2011, at age 22, my sister, Liza, was diagnosed with a rare cancer, synovial sarcoma. After chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries, she has been in remission for the last few years. This Thanksgiving, she went to the ER with stomach pain, and found that the cancer had returned. During a visit to her oncologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Liza was told that because of an obstruction in her intestines she would not be able to receive any further treatment to save her life. She was given less than a month to live.

 After hearing this news, over 100 friends and family members from around the country dropped everything to meet in Shreveport, LA for Liza’s return to her hometown. We invited family and friends to a simple "fish fry" to celebrate her life. What everyone did not know was that they were actually going to attend a surprise wedding. 

Liza met her now husband, Wyatt, at Washington and Lee University. They are the definition of a long distance relationship; in the past five years, they have lived in China, South Africa and England. After living in London for the past few months, Thanksgiving was to be Wyatt's first official week back in Atlanta, where they were finally going to live in the same place. The timing was both perfect and terrible, as this was when Liza starting showing symptoms again. Wyatt has not left her side since.

When they heard that she only had a few weeks left, Liza thought the marriage they had dreamed of was out of the question. Wyatt thought, “Let’s get married this weekend!” He refused to let cancer rob Liza of the joy of being a bride and dancing at her own reception. In less than 48 hours, our aunt and uncle generously offered their house, on the lake where we spent our childhood, as a venue. A friend offered to let Liza borrow the wedding dress she had always obsessed over. Wyatt's Dad brought his mother's ring to give to Liza. The ring was particularly special as Wyatt's mother passed away a few years ago after her own battle with cancer. Everything was exactly how Liza had always wanted her wedding to be. Most people were expecting a somber evening, filled with tears, but after a sunset wedding, the night was filled with laughter, dancing and pure joy. I can't think of a better way to have celebrated Liza, along with Wyatt, and the joy she brings to all of our lives.  

The night after the wedding, the obstruction that had been preventing Liza from being able to receive treatment opened up. Liza called her oncologist immediately and he arranged for her to start a chemo pill. The odds are still not great, but hope is hope, no matter what the chances are. We are hoping the chemo will help stabilize or shrink the tumors so that she can get healthy enough to participate in an immunotherapy trial in the near future.

Because synovial sarcoma is such a rare disease, funding for research is scarce. Please help us donate to the Love for Liza Fund at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The funds will be overseen by Dr. Christian Meyer as the primary investigator and will be used for collaborative basic research leading to discoveries primarily for synovial sarcoma, but also all sarcomas in general. Our goal is to learn more about the disease and discover new, and novel therapies through evaluating gene expressions in samples and looking at immunotherapy options for these patients.

If you would like to donate straight to the Love for Liza Fund at Johns Hopkins, please follow this link:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/our_center/charitable_giving/

You will be able to give online, by phone or by mail.

To ensure that your donation is contributed to the fund, you must designate that you wish to support a particular physician or area of cancer research. Please designate the Love for Liza Fund.

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Update 2
19 months ago
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Hi everyone,

If you would like to donate straight to the Love for Liza Fund at Johns Hopkins, please follow this link:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/our_center/charitable_giving/

You will be able to give online, by phone or by mail.

To ensure that your donation is contributed to the fund, you must designate that you wish to support a particular physician or area of cancer research. Please designate the Love for Liza Fund.

You are welcome to continue to contribute through GoFundMe, but we wanted to give everyone as many options as possible.

Thanks again for all of your support! It is truly amazing!

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Update 1
19 months ago
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all of the donations so far. We are completely amazed by the support and sense of community! We wanted to send an update to everyone to clarify where the money is going and how it will be used:

Johns Hopkins has established the Love for Liza Fund at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, which will be overseen by Dr. Christian Meyer, Liza's oncologist and the lead medical oncologist for adult sarcoma patients, as the primary investigator. The fund will use the monies for collaborative basic research leading to discoveries primarily for synovial sarcoma, and also all sarcomas in general. Our goal is to learn more about the disease and discover new, and novel therapies through evaluating gene expressions in samples and looking at immunotherapy options for these patients.

Thanks again! Let's keep it up!
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Ivy Teohaere
17 months ago
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Dr. Lorraine Day reversed her severe, advanced cancer by rebuilding her immune system by natural therapies, so her body could heal itself. Dr. Day is an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon who was for 15 years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine as Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics. She was also Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and is recognized world-wide as an AIDS expert. Copy and paste her website http://www.drday.com

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Ivy Teohaere
17 months ago
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Being a doctor herself Doctor day chose to go natural rather then chemo and radiation Check this website out http://www.drday.com

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Joe AuBuchon
17 months ago
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Hello, I’m Joseph, last week I lost my dad. I can’t tell you how much my dad meant to me. I was born in 1987, to a young mother. By the time I was six months old I had been severely abused, which caused me to become permanently disabled. The thirteen broken bones gave me to have Cerebral Palsy. The doctors said that I would never walk or talk. My dad wasn’t a part of my life back then, until he picked up a newspaper on Valentine’s Day in 1986. I can’t imagine how horrible that must have been, to find out that kind of news about your baby son, from a newspaper. My dad fought tooth and nail for me from that day on. He became the first single male foster parent in the entire state of Arizona for me. It is because of my Dad and his love for me that I ever took a step; that I ever spoke a word. Without him I can’t begin to imagine what my life would be. My dad supported me throughout my life and loved me and my own son Josh. We miss him terribly. My dad passed away a week ago. The man that supported me and helped me grow is gone from this earth. We have never had much, due to the abuse I suffered I have never been able to work. Dad was in a car accident when he was younger that also left him disabled. Even though he had little more than I did, dad always mad sure that I had what I needed, especially after my 18 month old son was born. It breaks my heart that Josh will never know this wonderful and big hearted man. A man that had so little but would give so much to people who needed it the most. Another thing that is breaking my heart is that I can’t give him his last wishes. My dad wanted to be buried next to his grandparents. Such a simple wish, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. My dad and I live in Portland, OR; his grandparents are buried in Kansas City, MO. And because I have never worked, because my dad was disabled as well, we don’t even have enough to burn him. I desperately don’t want to do that, as it wasn’t something he would have wanted. Please help me be there for my father, like he has always been there for me. After we have raised the funds we need to lay dad to rest where he wanted, the rest of the funds will be put in a collage fund for little Josh. Please share this page so we can get as many people as possible to help us

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Lynn WIlkinson
18 months ago
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Attitude is everything! I'm an oncology nurse in SC. There is a rare tumor clinic offered in Greenville, SC. They do many clinical trials as well as genetic sequencing of the tumor cells. They have had patients come from As far away as Australia. You can look it up on you tube. GHS cancer institute or ITOR ( institute of translational oncology research). Yes maybe alkaline diets may help but I've all kinds of people try all kinds of diets. That is a personal choice. God will lead you down the path and be there with you. Somehow some good comes out of every situation, we just don't always see it. Best of luck to you in your journey. Praying for you!

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Scott Dittman
18 months ago
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Goal reached. Well done. How's Liza?

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Sheila Peace
18 months ago
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I admire Liza's strength and courage. She is surrounded by the love, of a wonderful family and many friends. I pray for all of us who are battling the various cancers that are striking us out of nowhere at all ages. I wish Liza all the luck in her battle and I pray for a miraculous outcome.

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Rebecca Fusco
19 months ago
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unfortunately chemo will kill you b f the cancer does. i recommend an alkaline diet as cancer cannot grow in an alkaline diet.. good luck liza.. sugary foods help cancer thrive.

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Eric Anderson
19 months ago
1
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Liza keep loving every moment! My wife a Synovial Sarcoma survivor after 6 surgeries, radiation, Chemo twice and a trial drug is now cancer free for 5 1/2 years. We're lucky to have great doctors like yours innovating treatments that save lives. God Bless.

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Carole Urek
19 months ago

My heartfelt wish for your continued improvement.

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KangenAlec Seattle
19 months ago

Kangen 9.5 and 11.5 pH water is antioxidant (-400 ORP) and donates a negative charge to cells. Healthy cells can replace cancer cells and heal the body

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Krysten Zurakowski
19 months ago

This story is so inspiring and gives hope to a close friend of mine. Her fiancé has been diagnosed with this rare form of cancer and has been fighting it for a goodtime now. His is located around his heart. Keep on fighting! I've attached his charity information as well that pertains to this rare cancer! Praying for the strength to keep fighting and to find a cure. http://www.youcaring.com/onamissionformitch

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Sheila Joyner
19 months ago

I am 53 years old and have survived Synovial Sarcoma for 39 years. I had a grapefruit sized tumor on my shoulder when I was 14. Don't give up and hang on to that wonderful positive attitude. Praying for you!!

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Roger Ervine
19 months ago

http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/en/ Dr. Tullio Simoncini rediscovered what people knew in the 1950's about cancer treatments.

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Roger Ervine
19 months ago

http://drleonardcoldwell.com/2013/11/01/stage-4-cancer-gone-with-baking-soda-treatment/comment-page-1/

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Mary Jenkins
19 months ago

Christians Overcoming Cancer has received an anonymous donation for Love for Liza. It has been requested that the funds be used to help her family or go toward helping another family experiencing financial hardship. The donor does not want the donation to go toward research. Please email mary@christiansovercomingcancer.com with instruction on how you'd like the donation handled. Mary Jenkins, Founder

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Tony Heidzig
19 months ago

Synovial sarcoma took my mother when I was just 6 years old. 30 years later, the words still give me chills. My family is praying for you and yours.

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Joanna Handy
19 months ago

So sorry to hear this news you and your family are in my prayers!!

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Michelle John
19 months ago

I wish all the best for Liza. Hang in there, you seem to have a great attitude towards life and lots of support. I too am battling a sarcoma right now and I know how frustrating it can be. Many people have no idea what sarcomas are since they effect only 1% to 2% of us with cancer. I applaud your fund raising for this cause and pray for your recovery and the strength and patience to get through it.

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Henri Goff
19 months ago

Germancancerclinics.com they can save her life!!!!

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$566,219 of $500k goal

Raised by 3,583 people in 19 months
Created December 17, 2014
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Hope Liza gets cured and live long happily ever after :)

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Ivy Teohaere
17 months ago
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Dr. Lorraine Day reversed her severe, advanced cancer by rebuilding her immune system by natural therapies, so her body could heal itself. Dr. Day is an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon who was for 15 years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine as Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics. She was also Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and is recognized world-wide as an AIDS expert. Copy and paste her website http://www.drday.com

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Ivy Teohaere
17 months ago
2
2

Being a doctor herself Doctor day chose to go natural rather then chemo and radiation Check this website out http://www.drday.com

+ Read More
Joe AuBuchon
17 months ago
1
1

Hello, I’m Joseph, last week I lost my dad. I can’t tell you how much my dad meant to me. I was born in 1987, to a young mother. By the time I was six months old I had been severely abused, which caused me to become permanently disabled. The thirteen broken bones gave me to have Cerebral Palsy. The doctors said that I would never walk or talk. My dad wasn’t a part of my life back then, until he picked up a newspaper on Valentine’s Day in 1986. I can’t imagine how horrible that must have been, to find out that kind of news about your baby son, from a newspaper. My dad fought tooth and nail for me from that day on. He became the first single male foster parent in the entire state of Arizona for me. It is because of my Dad and his love for me that I ever took a step; that I ever spoke a word. Without him I can’t begin to imagine what my life would be. My dad supported me throughout my life and loved me and my own son Josh. We miss him terribly. My dad passed away a week ago. The man that supported me and helped me grow is gone from this earth. We have never had much, due to the abuse I suffered I have never been able to work. Dad was in a car accident when he was younger that also left him disabled. Even though he had little more than I did, dad always mad sure that I had what I needed, especially after my 18 month old son was born. It breaks my heart that Josh will never know this wonderful and big hearted man. A man that had so little but would give so much to people who needed it the most. Another thing that is breaking my heart is that I can’t give him his last wishes. My dad wanted to be buried next to his grandparents. Such a simple wish, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. My dad and I live in Portland, OR; his grandparents are buried in Kansas City, MO. And because I have never worked, because my dad was disabled as well, we don’t even have enough to burn him. I desperately don’t want to do that, as it wasn’t something he would have wanted. Please help me be there for my father, like he has always been there for me. After we have raised the funds we need to lay dad to rest where he wanted, the rest of the funds will be put in a collage fund for little Josh. Please share this page so we can get as many people as possible to help us

+ Read More
Lynn WIlkinson
18 months ago
1
1

Attitude is everything! I'm an oncology nurse in SC. There is a rare tumor clinic offered in Greenville, SC. They do many clinical trials as well as genetic sequencing of the tumor cells. They have had patients come from As far away as Australia. You can look it up on you tube. GHS cancer institute or ITOR ( institute of translational oncology research). Yes maybe alkaline diets may help but I've all kinds of people try all kinds of diets. That is a personal choice. God will lead you down the path and be there with you. Somehow some good comes out of every situation, we just don't always see it. Best of luck to you in your journey. Praying for you!

+ Read More
Scott Dittman
18 months ago
1
1

Goal reached. Well done. How's Liza?

+ Read More
Sheila Peace
18 months ago
1
1

I admire Liza's strength and courage. She is surrounded by the love, of a wonderful family and many friends. I pray for all of us who are battling the various cancers that are striking us out of nowhere at all ages. I wish Liza all the luck in her battle and I pray for a miraculous outcome.

+ Read More
Rebecca Fusco
19 months ago
1
1

unfortunately chemo will kill you b f the cancer does. i recommend an alkaline diet as cancer cannot grow in an alkaline diet.. good luck liza.. sugary foods help cancer thrive.

+ Read More
Eric Anderson
19 months ago
1
1

Liza keep loving every moment! My wife a Synovial Sarcoma survivor after 6 surgeries, radiation, Chemo twice and a trial drug is now cancer free for 5 1/2 years. We're lucky to have great doctors like yours innovating treatments that save lives. God Bless.

+ Read More
Carole Urek
19 months ago

My heartfelt wish for your continued improvement.

+ Read More
KangenAlec Seattle
19 months ago

Kangen 9.5 and 11.5 pH water is antioxidant (-400 ORP) and donates a negative charge to cells. Healthy cells can replace cancer cells and heal the body

+ Read More
Krysten Zurakowski
19 months ago

This story is so inspiring and gives hope to a close friend of mine. Her fiancé has been diagnosed with this rare form of cancer and has been fighting it for a goodtime now. His is located around his heart. Keep on fighting! I've attached his charity information as well that pertains to this rare cancer! Praying for the strength to keep fighting and to find a cure. http://www.youcaring.com/onamissionformitch

+ Read More
Sheila Joyner
19 months ago

I am 53 years old and have survived Synovial Sarcoma for 39 years. I had a grapefruit sized tumor on my shoulder when I was 14. Don't give up and hang on to that wonderful positive attitude. Praying for you!!

+ Read More
Roger Ervine
19 months ago

http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/en/ Dr. Tullio Simoncini rediscovered what people knew in the 1950's about cancer treatments.

+ Read More
Roger Ervine
19 months ago

http://drleonardcoldwell.com/2013/11/01/stage-4-cancer-gone-with-baking-soda-treatment/comment-page-1/

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Mary Jenkins
19 months ago

Christians Overcoming Cancer has received an anonymous donation for Love for Liza. It has been requested that the funds be used to help her family or go toward helping another family experiencing financial hardship. The donor does not want the donation to go toward research. Please email mary@christiansovercomingcancer.com with instruction on how you'd like the donation handled. Mary Jenkins, Founder

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Tony Heidzig
19 months ago

Synovial sarcoma took my mother when I was just 6 years old. 30 years later, the words still give me chills. My family is praying for you and yours.

+ Read More
Joanna Handy
19 months ago

So sorry to hear this news you and your family are in my prayers!!

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Michelle John
19 months ago

I wish all the best for Liza. Hang in there, you seem to have a great attitude towards life and lots of support. I too am battling a sarcoma right now and I know how frustrating it can be. Many people have no idea what sarcomas are since they effect only 1% to 2% of us with cancer. I applaud your fund raising for this cause and pray for your recovery and the strength and patience to get through it.

+ Read More
Henri Goff
19 months ago

Germancancerclinics.com they can save her life!!!!

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