Fight For Tessi

$7,820 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 96 people in 8 months
Created August 14, 2018
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Tessi is a single parent to an adorable eight year old, named Hunter. Tessi works hard to balance work and life with her son, family and of course her extended family and friends (us). She is also the President of her Rotary Club in Fairfield Glade, TN. Yet, she still finds time to give back to her community by helping local children and she also travels to other countries for charity work. To us, she is truly one in a million and we are blessed to have her in our lives.

So, you might be asking yourself, why am I here? It sounds like this girl  doesn’t need our help, well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On August 2nd, Tessi was diagnosed with one of the most rare forms of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma. It is a rare form of cancer most commonly found in male boys under the age of 10. Currently, there are only 20-30 cases of this cancer per year in the United States. Not much is known about this type of cancer, especially when it is found in adults. Due to it's rarity, there are only a few Cancer Centers in the US that treat it.  While meeting with her doctor in Tennessee, she was told if he were in her shoes, he would have been on a plane to Houston, Texas a week ago. MD Anderson, located in Houston is one of the few Cancer treatment centers in the US that has successfully treated this cancer.

Taking the doctors advice, Tessi and Jeff left for Texas on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The doctors say this will be the battle of her life and it will get tough.  She has handled this with such grace and is staying positive. I have no doubt in my mind, with your help, we can fight this battle alongside her! 

The details:
The treatment is going to be intense. It will require surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Tessi will need to travel back and forth between TN and TX during the course of her treatment. This cancer is extremely aggressive, so it is imperative that she start treatment immediately.  While, we do not know how much the treatment will cost at this time, we are starting with a modest goal of $10,000. The funds will be used for travel and hotel expenses as well as the cost of treatment. Please do not delay, we need your help now. Updates will be given weekly, so please follow along.

What we need from you:
Donations (No donation is too small or too large. Even if you can spare a dollar, please do so. )
Shares (share this on Facebook, twitter, Youtube, etc - reach out to people you know who have the capacity to spread the word!)

Humbly yours,

Kim & Stephanie
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Please check out Tessi and Jeff's new video and leave them an encouraging message in the comments section. The thoughts and prayers go a long way! Go ahead and subscribe and hit the notification button too, so you will know when they post new update videos!

This video is raw and emotional. Thank you Tessi for being brave and sharing this moment!

The outpouring of love, donations and prayers is overwhelming! Thank you so much to all of you!!

Tessi is out of the hospital. She had a bad infection and was on intravenous antibiotics for several days. She is feeling better, but the chemo is still taking it's toll.

Tessi is exhausted, but she is keeping a positive attitude and we all have faith that she will have a full recovery!

It is my goal to be transparent about what your donation dollars are going towards, so at this point, Tessi's bills are over $15,000 and she still has many more treatments to go. All donations go towards her medical bills and expenses, such as travel, related to her treatments. Please consider a donation if you can. Prayers and positive thoughts are welcome as well :)

Please share this on your social media accounts - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc...

Thank you again!

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Hi everyone,

First I want to thank everyone who has donated to “fight for Tessi” it is beyond appreciated and does not go unnoticed!! Please help us keep the momentum going, keep sharing her story!

Tessi is starting to experience side effects from her first round of chemo. She was admitted into a local hospital this afternoon. As of right now, the only information we know is she’s running a fever and also has a very serious infection she is being treated for. They expect her to be there for at least a few days.

Please continue to keep Tessi in your prayers!!
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You can follow Tessi and Jeff's journey together on YouTube, where they will be doing regular vlogs about staying positive in the face of adversity! Their first video is here:


Tessi and Jeff have arrived safely home from Houston. Tessi met with the doctors who will be caring for her at MD Anderson.

We found out that Tessi's tumors are inoperable, but she has already started Chemo and the therapy will be on-going for the next 10 months, to start. We do not know for sure about radiation therapy yet.

Tessi will be required to travel to Houston every 6 weeks to see her main oncologist. She will do some treatments here in TN. She is feeling quite tired and has already started to have some adverse effects from the chemo.

Your continued support is needed and greatly appreciated. Her first bill for MD Anderson came in at over $2400 and that was not including the Chemo that she has received. There are also bills coming in from UT here in Knoxville and they will continue to flood in.

Please continue to help Tessi with prayers, positive thoughts, messages of encouragement, sharing this campaign and her YouTube page.

Much love,

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Raised by 96 people in 8 months
Created August 14, 2018
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