Shari Mindlen Smiles Through Myeloma

$17,895 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 195 people in 1 month
Created May 3, 2019
Help Shari Mindlen Smile Through Myeloma!

“It’s funny how complete strangers can have familiar souls.” - J Iron Word

Hello Everyone, my name is Leela and on behalf of our Instagram family #weareigfamily we are hoping you will support our fundraiser. We are raising funds for our dear friend, Shari Mindlen, and bringing awareness to Multiple Myeloma and BOOP (See links below). If you are unfamiliar with Shari and all she’s been through over the past 18 months, please allow me to briefly share her story with you.

Shari’s Journey
Shari is a Realtor in Arizona and also runs her own dog robe business @drippingdogig selling (made in the USA) dog robes https://www.drippingdog.com . She rescued her own Furbaby, Ollie, in 2010 from a Kill Shelter and, naturally, Ollie is the Top Model and CFO – Chief Fit Officer for her business. Shari donates 20% of the proceeds to her local dog rescue which is her passion and driving force.

In July, 2018, Shari got the devastating diagnosis of MM and began chemotherapy in August.
In January 2019, she went to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and in February had a successful stem cell transplant.  She flew home in March and celebrated being “Cancer Free.” 

On April 16th, 
Shari traveled back to Houston for a check-up  when doctors discovered an issue with her lung. During a biopsy, her lung collapsed causing extreme pain. She was diagnosed with BOOP and remained in the hospital until April 26th.

Now back home, her team of doctors have given her strict home care instructions. Over the next couple of months she can’t go out in public and she must wear a mask and gloves when anyone goes to her home to help her with Ollie and her everyday needs and care.

She has been unable to return to work
and her dog robe business has come to a halt, causing her great financial hardship.

These Funds Will Be Used For: Past and near-future medical expenses (Even with insurance, Shari and a family member have carried a tremendous financial burden alone.); Airfare from Phoenix to Houston & Return Flights  (She’s been back and forth to MD Anderson Cancer Center five times, so far, and must return to MD Anderson frequently; going back in 3 weeks and then again 1 month after that visit.); Lodging expenses, (Before and after Shari’s stem cell transplant, she had to stay in a hotel near the hospital for two months.); Pet Care for her sweet Ollie when she is staying at MD Anderson. 

Shari puts on her warrior armor every day.
The Instagram Community’s outpouring of love, prayers, and support for Shari during her journey, and undoubtedly in the months to come, have been incredibly inspiring! During her darkest months, she has been given so much hope and light. She has been lifted up, encouraged, and found strength in the support she’s received from others; from friends and strangers alike. Throughout her presence on Instagram, Shari has been *THAT* person; the one who extends her generosity and kindness by donating to causes, has sent up prayers for friends who are battling illnesses, has lended a helping hand to friends in need, and offered compassion to friends with sick or hurting animals. But now she needs OUR help! 

“Together we can do great things.” - Mother Teresa

Every Contribution Matters - Your donation helps!! Even contributing as little as $5 or $10 will make a BIG impact in reaching our goal and is greatly appreciated.

Want to Help but are Unable to Donate At This Time? If you are unable to donate funds at this time, please let us know if you are able to help Shari in other ways and we will help make that happen!! Sending cards, direct messages, text messages, phone calls, & Instagram posts using the Hashtag #smilesforshari are welcomed, as is providing transportation or a visit to the hospital as it can be extremely lonely. Your support, in its many forms, means the world to Shari!

Please Share On Social Media 
It would be extremely helpful if you would help get the word out by sharing this link on your IG profile, gallery, or story, or Tweet the link on Twitter, or post the link on your FB Timeline, or all of the above. The more exposure we get, the faster we will reach our goal. Thank you in advance for your consideration, compassion, generosity, and prayers for Shari!

For Information about MM & BOOP click on links below:

MM (Multiple Myeloma) -

BOOP (Bronchiolitis Obliterans with Organizing Pneumonia) -

Whether you are a personal friend of Shari’s or a stranger with a familiar soul, thank you for caring!!

Sincerest Thanks,
Leela FitzGerald @leelafitz - on behalf of our Instagram Family - #WAIGF #smilesforshari #sharismilesthroughmyeloma
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It's Sunday Funday and Today is the Day!! We hope to see you at the #shareasmileforshariauction going on ALL DAY on Instagram hosted by our pawsome pal Hootie @hootiethegoldendoodle!
Thank you for all your kind efforts and contributions! YOU are appreciated beyond expression!
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Good Evening!
I am excited to share this GFM milestone with you! Tonight we reached 25% of our goal!!! That's wonderful news! Let's keep the ball rolling! Please JOIN US for the #shareasmileforsharisauction THIS Sunday, June 23rd, all day, hosted by our pal Hootie!! We are up to FORTY FOUR (44) Donors now with THIRTY FOUR (34) baskets to bid on! Please visit @HootietheGoldendoodle and @jasper_goldendoodle and many more friends on Instagram for Sneak Peeks on what will be available! ALL great products, favorite brands, a wonderful cause, and ALL proceeds going to Shari's campaign!
Your continued support, prayers, positive thoughts and kind words are treasured #SmilesforShari !! Thank you so much!
To all, a good night!
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A quick message from Shari that she asked Vicki & Me to share with all of you. I’m adding an adorable picture of her Ollie since it’s #WetDogWednesday which will pawsitively add lots of #SmilesForShari and you too!!
“Good morning ladies. Would you do me a favor? Thank everyone for their posts and well wishes. This morning I'm overwhelmed with emotion. I can now start thinking about and planning for my future, something I couldn't do before. I've been battling almost 18 months. Now I can start to breathe. So I need a day. But I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you both and everyone. And you can share this. I just need today to process all this goodness. ” - Shari
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Hello Again, Kind Friends,
Shari is traveling back home from MD Anderson / Houston this evening and, though she’s exhausted, there’s a wee pep in her step and wonderful news to share!! Today’s scans and doctor appointments revealed the BOOP is much better and she will only have to take the steroid for another 30 days... & then no more “house arrest”! She is anxious to get her life back to (a new) norm!!

Once she has completed the steroid treatment for BOOP, she will begin taking Revlimid for the next two (2) years. Revlimid is a drug used for Multiple Myeloma maintenance/treatment. The cost of this drug is exorbitant and will cost Shari up to $1,500 MONTHLY. Shari is extremely grateful for your generous support which has helped ease these tremendous cancer-related financial burdens. Please continue to share our campaign as we are still quite far from reaching our goal.

On that note, remember the auction I mentioned in the last update? A date has been set for SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD!! This is going to be INCREDIBLE!! Please join us for the Instagram #ShareaSmileforShariAuction hosted by Hootie on Hootie’s page @hootiethegoldendoodle !! Hootie, along with many of our favorite friends and businesses are joining forces to help Shari as she continues her cancer recovery! Wait until you see the AMAZING packages that have been put together! AND THE VERY BEST PART - All proceeds from the ALL-DAY AUCTION will be donated to our “Shari Mindlen Smiles Through Myeloma Go Fund Me Campaign” which is extraordinary!! Please SAVE THE DATE and JOIN THE FUN on Sunday, June 23rd on Hootie’s Instagram page! (And Keep An Eye on Social Media!! There will be many posts & stories on social media naming all TWENTY-FIVE brands that have generously offered donations!)

This week, please stop by Shari’s instagram page @drippingdogig and leave her a comment to celebrate today’s wonderful news! Your encouragement, kindness, compassion and #SmilesforShari truly lift her spirits and mean the world to her!
Warmest Thanks,
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