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Support Layla Cundiff and Family

$35,500 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 366 people in 7 months
Created January 16, 2019
Diane Lynn
on behalf of Kathy Kulpaka Cundiff



As many of you know, Kathy and Eric Cundiff have been through a lot in the last few years. On October 12, 2016, their triplets Cameron, Layla, and Matthew were born four months premature at only 24.2 weeks gestation. They spent the first few months of their lives in the NICU undergoing multiple procedures and surgeries. Sadly, after a long, hard fight, they lost their precious Matthew on February 10, 2017. After over 100 days in the NICU, they were finally able to take Layla and Cameron home. They have been working hard in PT, OT, and Speech Therapy, and have continued to grow and get stronger each day. And, happily, Kathy and Eric welcomed a healthy baby boy, William, on April 30, 2018. 

Then on the evening of January 14, 2019, they found a mass on Layla's abdomen, and immediately took her to the hospital for evaluation. After many tests the following morning, they were given the devastating news that she has a rare liver cancer that has spread to her lungs. 


We have set up this fund in the hopes of raising money to help offset the significant and ongoing financial burden the Cundiff's face during this time. Please keep Layla, Cameron, Matthew, Will, Eric, and Kathy in your thoughts and prayers.
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Update from 4/22/19 -Layla is out of surgery and everything went great! She was able to be extubated so is just on a little oxygen and is sedated for the most part so she is not in pain. The beast is out of our little girl and we are so thankful for our surgery team. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers! #FightLikeLayla
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Layla Update From Kathy Cundiff-

We have had a busy few weeks with chemo, scans and planning for the next few months of her treatment. We did scans last week and because there are still two small mets on her lungs those need to be surgically removed sooner rather than later. She will be having surgery this Wednesday to remove those mets. Luckily this surgery is done laparoscopically so will not be as invasive as her upcoming liver resection on 4/22. This means she will have two surgeries in a 10 day period. We have discussed and met with her Oncology Drs and two surgeons and they all feel this is what is best for her. The good news is the scans we had last week also showed her liver tumor shrunk about 40% from her last set of scans just a month ago. She is on a break from chemo for about two months for her to have these surgeries and then recover. Her liver resection surgery is much more invasive as they will be removing about half of her liver. Luckily the liver does regenerate but it is a major procedure which will take 6-8hrs. She will then be in the ICU for a couple days and recover in the hospital for about a week. This is hard on our entire family to wrap our heads around, but we know it needs to be done. We have good days and bad days, but Layla has proven that she is the same little fighter she was early on in her life. Please keep her in your thoughts over the next couple of weeks #FightLikeLayla
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From Kathy Cundiff:

Eric and I would like to express our sincere gratitude with all the love and generosity over the past week. We have been very unlucky in many things, but we are lucky being surrounded by amazing family, friends, friends of friends and even strangers. Layla had her first chemo treatment on Friday and we were able to come home Saturday night. So far she has tolerated the chemo well, somehow avoiding nausea. She is not quite herself, but is now playing with her brothers and we are getting some smiles. Lets just say she is strong and sassy. We return to Lurie on Friday and hope she is strong enough for her second chemo treatment. Please keep her in your thoughts! I hope to start a Caring Bridge site soon. #FightLikeLayla
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Thank you everyone for your generousity and support of the Cundiff Family at this difficult time. I know that Kathy and Eric are so grateful for the love and support they have received over the last couple of days. I will hopefully be able to provide an update on Layla in the next couple of days. Thank you all so much!!!
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$35,500 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 366 people in 7 months
Created January 16, 2019
Diane Lynn
on behalf of Kathy Kulpaka Cundiff
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