Maryanne Bennett

$3,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 31 months
Mia Nedvidek
on behalf of Maryanne Bennett
 NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ
Hello friends and family!  

In April of this year, my mom Maryanne was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, with tumors on both her pancreas and liver.  This type of cancer is both rare and extremely unique to each person it affects. Although slow-growing, these neuroendocrine tumors are difficult to eradicate and are known to return even after removal and chemotherapy. Because of these facts, we could not be more thankful that she is under the care of an outstanding team of doctors at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. One of these physicians, Dr. Manisha Shah, is regarded as one of the top experts in the United States on neuroendocrine tumors. We feel incredibly blessed to have Maryanne in such good hands.

Currently, Maryanne is undergoing chemotherapy administered orally two weeks out of every month. She is doing well and the doctors are pleased with the progress she has made since beginning treatment. Dr. Shah and her team have told us the plan is to continue this chemo cycle for up to a year before giving Maryanne a two-month "drug holiday." If the tumors continue to slowly shrink, surgery will not be necessary and they will be closely monitored to prevent growth.

Obviously, Maryanne's life has been turned upside down by appointments, blood draws, chemotherapy, side-effects, bills, and some annoying diet changes (sorry, no more sugar!). Her outlook has been positive--she has taken this cross and embraced it. I'm sure that you, like me, are amazed and inspired by how well she is doing and how selfless she continues to be. 

We all know what an amazing woman Maryanne is and how much she cares endlessly for all of those around her. Several people have reached out to me and asked how, in addition to prayer, they can help. Maryanne pays out-of-pocket for her health insurance as she is only working part-time. When she mentioned returning to work full-time, the doctors advised against doing so until she is further along in her treatment. As anyone with any sort of medical diagnosis knows, bills can mount fairly quickly. 

This GoFundMe page is a way for others to help Maryanne in a way that we all know she would NEVER ask for herself.  The last thing Maryanne would ever want is for anyone to feel obligated, but if you are able to contribute in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. I can't thank you all enough for being such wonderful parts of my mom's life and for continuing to keep her in your prayers.

God bless!
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Hey everyone,

Thank you so much for sharing the campaign and for your donations! We are overwhelmed with gratitude and can't thank you all enough.

I wanted to take a moment to post a quick update about Maryanne. Because the shrinkage of her tumors has begun to slow, the doctors have decided to give her a three month "chemo holiday" to allow her body a much needed break! At the end of the three months, the doctors will evaluate and then move forward with the next plan of action.

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. We wish you all a blessed Christmas season!
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$3,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 31 months
Created October 10, 2016
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GC
$100
Gina Caruso
22 months ago
TH
$50
Teresa Hillis
27 months ago
MH
$100
Marybeth Devine Hubbard
27 months ago

Sending prayers.

PB
$250
Patty Devine Beers
27 months ago

Keeping you in my prayers my dear friend

KC
$50
Katie Crawford-Lackey
29 months ago
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
Jamey Harker
30 months ago
BM
$25
Bridget Marsh
30 months ago
$250
Annette Wood
30 months ago

Prayers for healing Maryanne!!

KL
$75
Kathryn Leffler
30 months ago
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