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Help Roberta Beat Cancer

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Raised by 36 people in 1 month
On Tuesday  January 15th at 9:30 pm tragedy struck our 13 year old daughter.  Roberta, an accomplished cellist and Volleyball star was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her left shoulder and she is left handed.  By midnight she was on the pediatric oncology ward of Sacred Heart hospital 2 & half hours away from home.   We've been here with her for the last week while she has undergone tests & consults from various Dr's , but the costs are already starting take their toll.  Our savings are already depleted and we have a long road ahead of us.  With 30 weeks of chemo and radiation therapy ahead; surgery to remove the tumor & more chemo, radiation & surgery ahead it will be a long road and uncertain outcome. We're looking at the complete loss of income from at least one of us so we can help her work through this intense treatment schedule set to start in a few days.  With 3 other children we'll soon see things become even harder.  Please help us take care of our entire family while we work through this difficult time.  Anything will help.  If you can't donate money you can donate in other ways.  We can use hotel vouchers so we can stay close to her and the hospital & gift cards to help purchase incidentals, fuel, etc.  Contact us via e-mail to find out where you can send such things. Anything will help us out greatly.

Thank you all for your help and please pray for us.

God bless you.
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Things have been pretty interesting since our last update. Berta's started to show some of the physical signs of her treatment & she's been having blood work done every couple of days. She's in good spirits, but she's tired of being on lockdown as she calls it. She got to do a day of "work release" to get her braces off here in town (dr's orders) but had to come right back. She's been a real inspiration with the way she's handling all this. Quite frankly she's handling it better than the rest of us. She named her tumor Ralph the cockroach (there's a story about that) & she's pulled me up short every time she sees me getting too serious about it. I'm learning to follow her lead through a lot of this.

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers & continued support. We'll have a new update soon & a video update from Berta herself coming soon.
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So she's completed 2 rounds of chemo in this treatment cycle. Now she gets a little rest while they gauge her immune weakness before they move forward with the radiation portion. The stuff they're pumping into her in the updated picture is 1 of the chemo treatments & she laughed because it turned her tears, sweat etc. red & she says that it glowed neon under the blacklight.
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Berta's in recovery. We're waiting for her to go up for her first treatment.
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Today's the day. We arrived at the hospital this morning at around 5:30 this morning. Roberta went into surgery prep for a ctentralinse at 6 am. They took into surgery at 7:30 with an estimated surgery time of 1 hour. She'll start her first round of chemo directly after and she'll be confined to the pet's oncology ward for the duration of this 3 week round. We've been told that only immediate family who has had a flu shot & hasn't been sick or around anyone who's sick for the last 2 weeks are allowed to visit.
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