Marissa The Fierce

$25,950 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 331 people in 7 months
Created October 24, 2017
The Gootjes family, in Quispamsis, is a family you may know. If you’ve been involved with hockey, you’ve probably seen them at a rink! Jan and Jim’s three beautiful girls, Marissa, Maddy and Charlotte, are all minor hockey players.
With the same strength and fierceness she shows on ice, Marissa, 14, is fighting a huge battle.
Within two weeks, she went from being a typical grade 9 student, to having a brain tumour discovered and removed (and was out of ICU within a day, like the champ she
It has been confirmed that her tumour was malignant. Marissa, with the amazing support of her family, will be beginning treatments next week, for an extended period of time, at the IWK. Travel, within and outside of Canada, for trials is also a good possibility.
The family faces extended absences from home and the costs associated with that. In addition, when Marissa comes home, her immune system will be severely compromised. As such, some testing is occurring in their home and some upgrades are required.
In addition to rocking it on the ice, Marissa has been in Girl Guides AND an active member of the Triple C club in middle school, a club whose sole purpose is to help others!
It’s time for us to show her that same kind of love!!
Please consider helping us to reduce the financial burden on this family so that their full energy can be focused on #MarissaTheFierce

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Well... a big night!
Marissa received some words of encouragement from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean on Coach’s Corner.
Since the trip that had been planned for Marissa and her family to be at tonight’s game in Boston had to be postponed, Ron jumped on board to help put a smile on her face.

Marissa is a week into her first round of high-dose chemo and is relying on a little help from a feeding tube since her stomach doesn’t seem to want to keep a lot of food in there right now.
As always, she is meeting this newest part of her treatment like a champ.
#MarissatheFierce fights on!
Marissa, after watching the segment about her on Coach’s Corner.
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Merry Christmas to all of you!

The whole Gootjes family is home, enjoying this Christmas together. Marissa is a trooper, with only one last radiation treatment to go!!! She gets to ring the bell at the IWK this week, signalling the end of that treatment!!

After her last radiation (and low dose chemo) treatment, she will be taking a well-earned break for about a month, before beginning her higher dose chemotherapy in Saint John.

If there is one thing that I can say about this girl and her family, it’s that they tackle this disease with remarkable strength. I am in awe of them every, single day.

To all of you, who gave so lovingly, helping this family with required corrections to their home and helping with expenses incurred with travel and treatment, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Jan and Jim second this thanks to each of you!
May you be surrounded with family and friends in the coming days and soak up each moment.
Merry Christmas
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Hi everyone!

Thank you SO very much to those who have helped so far. The Gootjes family is beyond appreciative of the support and love that is pouring in for Marissa!

Please keep sharing.

Marissa begins treatment on November 6th and it will be almost a year-long process. Let’s help this family be able to focus 100% on fighting this thing!!!

Thank you more than words,
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Raised by 331 people in 7 months
Created October 24, 2017
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