Mari and Lynnie Mckinstry Fund

$15,321 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 174 people in 61 months
We are writing to ask for your support for two truly special friends. As many of you know Mari has been battling brain cancer for the past few years. Mari is living in Los Angeles, California receiving medical treatment at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center. Her loving mother lives here in Washington State. The medical and traveling expenses plus loss of work for her to be with Mari during this difficult time are adding up!

Many people have asked Jen and I (Cat) how they can help. So we created this fast, simple way for you to help make a difference. Your participation and support to help reach our goal of $10,000.00 is vital.You can simply make a difference by making a cash donation of ANY amount, however big or small. It truly adds up.

Mari is 30 years old and was recently married this past April. While most young couples would be enjoying their honeymoon phase, she is sadly spending it back at the hospital. She is currently recovering from her 5TH CRANIOTOMY and is now fighting not only her cancer but an infection as well. I think many of us know her plight... but they dont know how much she has endured to this point. ITS JUST NOT FAIR!!

We are pleading for any help you may possibly be able to give. And please spread the word and this link to all your friends and family that would like to help a family in need. I can't think of two greater people who deserve a lending hand. God bless them for all they have been handed to deal with in this lifetime!!

We would like to thank you in advance for your kind hearted gift. I know $10,000.00 sounds like alot, but it is obtainable. We are looking to our friends to work hard in obtaining our goal.

GO TEAM MCKINSTRY









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A Message from Lynnie:

As of yesterday 6/17/14 Mari was discharged from the hospital still with many medical needs, so she could receive her "out-patient" Chemo Therapy treatment. She then directly after the infusion entered In-patient Rehab at the same hospital which will provide intense therapy and hopefully enable her to return home functioning at the highest level possible. Thank goodness she does have insurance which is helping with all of this...

Even with the best of care, there is nothing like family support to make things hopefully go smoother. Anyone who has had anyone go through a devastating illness such as this, knows how important it is to have loved ones involved and participating in all aspects of care. It is essential to the recovery process. Working full time as a nurse I am probably more involved than most would be comfortable with...but I need to do this in my heart for my daughter. This fund is helping me to do that for as long as is needed...she will need someone with her 24/7 when she leaves the rehab unit. I want that person to be me, and her loving husband Nathan.

Love, Lynnie

Here is an artical from Mari's Cousin:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5505510?1403127005
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I've increased our goal amount to 25,000.00! With Mari needing inpatient rehab just to get strong enough to even walk up the stairs to get home, on top of they haven't even received any of the bills from the surgeries alone. I feel like any extra help we can provide toward this would be incredible and extremely appreciated. Please continue to share this fight for Mari!

Forever Thankful!
Cat
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I am beyond words to know how to thank you all for your donations. Your hearts should be bursting with joy. Together we are all making a huge impact on this extremely difficult time for this family! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ♡♡♡♡
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Update on Mari! MRI came back showing additional tumor and some pressure associated with that. The infection they feel is under control. The leak over the past few days has been very minimal with her taking it easy. So the thought is to wait on any invasive procedure (shunt) until Tuesday, unless the drainage shows an increase.... then we will go to the ER and the shunt will be placed sooner. To help with the swelling/pressure/ headaches the steroid will be increased. If this heals soon Mari will start IV CHEMO Avastin. The whole treatment plan has many variables due to the incisional problem and healing. But for sure the doc wants to get treatment for the tumor going ASAP, so the ball is rolling for that to start... pending wound healing and insurance authorization. So our hope is that her incision will heal up by Tuesday so that she can start the chemo drug (a new one for her) which has been effective in shrinking the tumor and decreasing pressure and will make her feel tons better. So say those prayers please!!!! XOXO

Please keep sharing this post so we can all help Lynnie stay with Mari through this difficult time. Whether its hours of leave you can spare or even $5.00. Anything will help!

Cat and Jen
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Jen Posey
61 months ago

$830 in one day, almost 10% of our goal... You guys are awesome. Keep spreading the word! Go team McKinstry!!

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Raised by 174 people in 61 months
Created May 10, 2014
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TE
$5
tiffany edmonds
49 months ago
JC
$25
joslin carroll
50 months ago
$25
Anonymous
56 months ago
NJ
$50
Nicola Johnson
57 months ago

Sending love from the Johnson family...QA 70, 72 and North Kitsap High School 2002 and 2004....

SN
$50
Sharon and Lonnie Nuss
57 months ago

In celebration of Mari!

JS
$500
John Sugrue
57 months ago

Please accept this donation from Bob's friends at PM, LLC

TN
$10
Tatiana Nunes
58 months ago

We were never actually friends, but I do remember you around St.Thomas...new to the island and full of life!

LM
$200
Lisa Shields McLain
58 months ago

Hi Lynnie, I am so very sorry to hear about your daughter Mari. She is a beautiful and her spirit shines bright. You are in my heart and prayers Lynnie. Linda Clacy told me she knew from Steve Price. Otherwise I would have never of known story of your precious daughter. Please know so many people care. You are in my thoughts, lisa shields

SG
$100
Sue Gross
58 months ago

Love and cookies to all of you!

$100
Anonymous
58 months ago
Jen Posey
61 months ago

$830 in one day, almost 10% of our goal... You guys are awesome. Keep spreading the word! Go team McKinstry!!

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