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Jasper van Santen
on behalf of Donald I. Pearline
 NEW YORK, NY
We would like to raise some money to fly Rachel back to St. Louis for palliative care so she can be with her family and friends.

Rachel Pearline is one the strongest people out there. Sadly she has had to be.  When she was 13, she lost her mother to breast cancer. She persevered and ended up at Brown University.  Her goal was to become an oncologist - to help people,  alleviate pain and prevent others from suffering the same fate as her mother.  Although her path there was far from easy- she ended up achieving it.

Rachel  went to medical school at Tulane and received a prestigious  Fogarty International Clinical Research fellowship, spending a year in rural China studying drug resistance in sexually-transmitted diseases before completing her residency at NYU. Rather than going into highly-remunerative private practice Rachel chose to become a medical fellow at UCSF. 

In January of 2014  Rachel was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer.  After more than a year of grueling chemo and radiation therapy and various medical procedures,  the doctors removed her stomach.  The news was all very positive- and Rachel received the much-hoped-for NED. No Evidence of Disease.

Despite obvious challenges, she had kept working through the treatment, and her driving motivation had been that there is too much she wants to do to die now.  This is emblematic of the woman she is. 

A few uneventful months followed and optimism cautiously emerged. Sadly during the last couple of weeks she started  experiencing renewed discomfort. The first exploratory surgery was routine, and they cleared up a bowel obstruction. Unfortunately in recent days the pain became much more severe and yesterday she was operated again. This time the news was very bad.  The surgeons found multiple masses and could not continue the operation. The next steps are very unclear- but there aren’t that many options left.

She loves to travel. The Middle East, Africa, Asia and all over the United States.  She has an eager smile that lights up a room and has enabled her to collect friends from all over the world.  She is a bright light.

Rachel’s long illness has stretched her and her family's resources. Her father and sister have been visiting from St Louis and Detroit as often as possible, sharing her modest apartment with her for weeks on end but now Rachel wants to return home to St Louis but is sadly unable to fly commercially due to her ill health.


We would like to raise some money to fly Rachel back to St. Louis  for palliative care so she can be with her family and friends, and contribute to her family's expenses during these impossible times. 

Any funds in excess of what is needed by Rachel and her family will be donated to UCSF's  Oncology Department.
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For those of you would would like attend Rachel's funeral the details are below
Funeral Monday at Kol Rinah; visitation at 12:30 pm and funeral at 1:00 pm. Interment immediately following at B'nai Amoona Cemetery, 930 North and South Road in University City.
Shiva will be observed as follows:
Monday following burial until 9 pm with a 6 pm service
Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-9 pm with a service at 6 pm at the home of Donald and Sharongay Pearline
14449 Tealcrest, Chesterfield, MO 63017

In lieu of flowers Rachel specifically requested donations in her name be made to San Francisco General Hospital hematology-oncology clinics, where funds will be used to help patients and their families to navigate through the challenges of illness and treatment. Donations in honor of Rachel can be made online at
http://sfghf.org/RachelPearline/


Additionally, Rachel gave a the opening speech at the UCSF Cancer Retreat. Her father recorded it, and it can be found below. The beginning is a bit scratchy, but it captures Rachel and who she was.

Rachel's Opening Remarks
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Some very sad news from Sarah, Rachel's sister.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of my sister, Rachel V Pearline. She passed peacefully late last night surrounded by family and close friends. My father and I would like to thank the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and staff, many of whom were Rachel’s adored colleagues at UCSF, for the amazing care they provided for her.
Since her diagnosis, and especially since we had the privilege to return to our family home in St. Louis last month, we have been humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard, read, seen, felt and most deeply appreciated, and they have brought Rachel and all of us so much comfort.
Her funeral is scheduled for 1pm Monday November 9with visitation starting at 12:30 at Kol Rinah. 829 N Hanley, St. Louis, MO 63130.
In lieu of flowers Rachel specifically requested donations in her name be made to San Francisco General Hospital hematology-oncology clinics, where funds will be used to help patients and their families to navigate through the challenges of illness and treatment. Donations in honor of Rachel can be made online at http://sfghf.org/RachelPearline/
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Rachel has been off her feeding tube for over two weeks. She is very tired and spends most of her days resting. She has been enjoying watching the "Great British Bake-Off" with Sarah. Thanks to a Twitter campaign, Sue (from the show) posted a tweet showing her support and sending a "Mel and Sue sandwich" with instructions to hold her tight.

This campaign has been very successful and profoundly changed Rachel's last few weeks. There is, however, one goal remaining.
It would be wonderful if we could have 1,000 total donations. Right now we are at 994, so there are only 6 more needed!!!
If you haven't yet donated, please consider doing so now. If you have friends who you can encourage- Do. It doesn't matter if it's $1, $5 or $100- it would be a remarkable testament to how many people's lives Rachel has touched.
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Rachel is currently in hospice care at home, surrounded by family and other loved ones. In the past few days she has been watching her favorite movies and going for drives to pass by her favorite old haunts with her sister and aunts.
She has been deeply moved the love and support shown by her friends and supporters around the world. Please continue to send good, peaceful thoughts her way.
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