Alyssa’s Ewing Sarcoma Fight

$41,680 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 222 people in 38 months
Kelly Thompson Boyle
on behalf of Michelle Sherman
 CHANTILLY, VA

Dear Friends, 

My name is Kelly, and I am a good friend of the Sherman’s.  Many of you know that Chuck and Michelle’s 12 year old daughter Alyssa was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.  Ewing's sarcoma is a bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents.  It is relatively uncommon, accounting for only 1% of all childhood cancers. Ewing’s usually presents in the long bones of adolescents, Alyssa’s has presented in her left cheek, making it even rarer.

She has been accepted into MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston.  They have an appointment for Alyssa this Thursday (3/24) to begin the registration process. She will then see the Ewing's Sarcoma Pediatric specialist.  Once entering the program, the doctors will determine the stage of progression and if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.  The family has been told that she will have to undergo both chemo and radiation. 

Alyssa and her family live in Virginia and anticipate they will need to travel frequently to TX for treatments as they are scheduled by her team of doctors.   I am setting up this GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of airfare, lodging and medical expenses not covered under insurance during her treatments.  We fear that airfare costs will be inflated with short notice purchases outside of their control.

Chuck and Michelle have given so much to our community.  Please consider helping them during this difficult time.

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Update from Michelle (3/25) - We saw Alyssa's oncologist yesterday. She said that the scans looked exactly as she expected. Basically right now we can't tell if what is showing up on the MRI is scar tissue or tumor. So these scans will be used as her baseline scans to measure against to see if the area continues to shrink (scar tissue) or dares to increase. What we do know is that the area is still half the size that it was in her original scan at MD Anderson in TX.
Alyssa is happy. She has been eating well, food actually tastes good again. She went to soccer practice twice last week and school three days - to include an after school basketball game. She will start school full time on April 3rd. She's exhausted - but so happy to be back with her friends. She says that she feels like a Rock Star at school because as she is walking down the halls at school everybody tries to get her attention!
With gratitude to all -
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Update from Michelle (3/14) - We still have not heard anything about Alyssa's scans, but her doctor was on call at the hospital last week and now we have had a snow storm, so we are exercising our patience.
It was one year ago today that we received the call with her diagnosis. An evening when the impossible became our reality and all we could do was look at each other and cry. It has been a year of learning for us. Learning more about childhood cancer than any family should ever have to know, but also learning about the great strength of our community. Our family, friends, doctors and nurses carried us through, and every time I thought I would break or I lost my voice, someone would speak for me or lift us up. Thank you all. Alyssa is feeling well, she is getting stronger every day, she is going back to school three days a week a couple of hours each day. Someday we might know why we had to go through this fight, but I'm ok not knowing also.
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Update from Michelle (3/1) - Made it through the PET ok. IV for radioactive glucose gave her problems as expected- but its over. She drinks water beforehand, but has tiny, deep veins. They did get it on one try as I stood in the corner praying out loud. Now that I think about it, you might classify it as begging.
May this be the first scan of three that shows us she is all clear. Please...
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Pat Stewart
25 months ago

The power of Prayer; the power of Love; the power of friends and support have seen this wonderful family through very tough times. Now Alyssa is in the light and on the way to accomplish the special things God has planned for her life. We are all so grateful :>) ❤️

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Jennie Cowan
26 months ago

Shermans, you are in my thoughts and prayers each day, and especially this week as you await results. Prayers for patience, strength, faith, support, and 100% clean and clear beautiful normal scans!!!

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Gary W. Allen
27 months ago

Hallelujah!! You all have been and will remain in our prayers daily. You're all warriors, with the Almighty by your side.

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Jennie Cowan
28 months ago

Praying for the five days to fly by, and for Alyssa and your whole family to put this behind you! God is great, and you have been so strong. Our prayers will continue with you through each scan.

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Jennie Cowan
29 months ago

I am so glad to hear Alyssa is home again! Wishing the Sherman family a Happy New Year! 2017 strong, healthy, blessed!

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Gary W. Allen
29 months ago

Here's to Alyssa's finishing this year strong and powering into 2017! You all remain in our prayers daily ❤️❤️

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Gary W. Allen
30 months ago

Wonderful news and progress! There is much to be thankful for this season. You guys remain in our thoughts and prayers.❤️

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Chrissy Shahankary
31 months ago

My daughter was just diagnosed with ewings. It's in her right cheek and pressing on her brain. You are in my thoughts. Keep fighting!

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Michael Einbinder-Schatz
31 months ago

Alyssa, I don't know you, but I am inspired by your strength and courage. Once you get through this, you will be able to do anything you want in your life...ANYTHING!

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Gary W. Allen
33 months ago

Prayers for you all continue daily. God bless and heal ~

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Jennie Cowan
33 months ago

Thank you for the updates, I continue to pray for Alyssa daily. Hugs, and prayers.

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Svetlana Moncada
34 months ago

That's such good news! Sending good thoughts and prayers!

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Sheri Reed
35 months ago

Big hugs Alyssa! Your Brookfield "family" is keeping you in their thoughts and prayers! ♥ Mrs. Reed

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Brenda Harrison
35 months ago

Please let her know that she is in my thoughts constantly. I am so sad to hear about the fever but glad that the tumor is shrinking. Tell her Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Gaito are thinking of her and love her!

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Gary W. Allen
37 months ago

So many are holding you all in prayer every day. Love and healing ~

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Lake of The Woods Church Tuesday Men's Bible Study
27 months ago

Men have been praying for your recovery and will continue to do so. (To God be the glory great things he has done.)

$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
SS
$50
Sally Shope
27 months ago

We continue to pray for Alyssa and her family continuously!

WS
$25
Wayne Springer
27 months ago
$100
Jason Silverglate
27 months ago
PB
$25
Philipp Baumann
27 months ago
TS
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Ted Shafan
27 months ago

From the team at Connectability. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

BS
$40
Bradley Shafran
27 months ago
JG
$50
Jane and Richard Gullickson
27 months ago

The entire LOWC choir and church are praying for Alyssa. God bless her entire family.

Pat Stewart
25 months ago

The power of Prayer; the power of Love; the power of friends and support have seen this wonderful family through very tough times. Now Alyssa is in the light and on the way to accomplish the special things God has planned for her life. We are all so grateful :>) ❤️

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Jennie Cowan
26 months ago

Shermans, you are in my thoughts and prayers each day, and especially this week as you await results. Prayers for patience, strength, faith, support, and 100% clean and clear beautiful normal scans!!!

+ Read More
Gary W. Allen
27 months ago

Hallelujah!! You all have been and will remain in our prayers daily. You're all warriors, with the Almighty by your side.

+ Read More
Jennie Cowan
28 months ago

Praying for the five days to fly by, and for Alyssa and your whole family to put this behind you! God is great, and you have been so strong. Our prayers will continue with you through each scan.

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Jennie Cowan
29 months ago

I am so glad to hear Alyssa is home again! Wishing the Sherman family a Happy New Year! 2017 strong, healthy, blessed!

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Gary W. Allen
29 months ago

Here's to Alyssa's finishing this year strong and powering into 2017! You all remain in our prayers daily ❤️❤️

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Gary W. Allen
30 months ago

Wonderful news and progress! There is much to be thankful for this season. You guys remain in our thoughts and prayers.❤️

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Chrissy Shahankary
31 months ago

My daughter was just diagnosed with ewings. It's in her right cheek and pressing on her brain. You are in my thoughts. Keep fighting!

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Michael Einbinder-Schatz
31 months ago

Alyssa, I don't know you, but I am inspired by your strength and courage. Once you get through this, you will be able to do anything you want in your life...ANYTHING!

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Gary W. Allen
33 months ago

Prayers for you all continue daily. God bless and heal ~

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Jennie Cowan
33 months ago

Thank you for the updates, I continue to pray for Alyssa daily. Hugs, and prayers.

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Svetlana Moncada
34 months ago

That's such good news! Sending good thoughts and prayers!

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Sheri Reed
35 months ago

Big hugs Alyssa! Your Brookfield "family" is keeping you in their thoughts and prayers! ♥ Mrs. Reed

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Brenda Harrison
35 months ago

Please let her know that she is in my thoughts constantly. I am so sad to hear about the fever but glad that the tumor is shrinking. Tell her Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Gaito are thinking of her and love her!

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Gary W. Allen
37 months ago

So many are holding you all in prayer every day. Love and healing ~

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