** UPDATE ON MAIA’s PROJECT **
Well, what an incredible bunch you are! Maia and I are both feeling quite humbled by the support we have been shown, and shocked by the speed with which everyone has jumped on board. so thank-you all for your pledges, and for sharing our story with others. Any money received which is over the target amount will be used for costs incurred while building Maia’s studio out in our garden. This is an important symbol of independence for Maia and she is really looking forward to managing her own space, and her own time, and welcoming her friends into her own home. Thank-you all again, and may the sun shine warm upon your back today.
I am raising money on behalf of my 18 year old eldest daughter, Maia, who would like to take advantage of the GENOSTICS diagnostic testing as part of her treatment for terminal cancer.
Maia was diagnosed at age 16 with a high grade angiosarcoma of the left breast. She has already had a mastectomy and underwent radiotherapy to the area.
About twelve months later (last Christmas) Maia was diagnosed with secondary angiosarcoma on the lungs. She has multiple sites of cancer on both lungs. She underwent further radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, and is currently receiving a daily oral dose of a new and relatively untested drug which is intended to stop any more cancers from growing, but not impact on the ones which are already there. This is a life prolonging treatment, as opposed to curative. This is our only option under the current model of conventional cancer care in Australia.
The GENOSTICS test is a diagnostic tool which uses information from the patient’s own blood to design a therapeutic approach to the individual cancer cells. It is extremely useful information as it tells us where it is best to spend our medical dollars. Rather than chasing every supplement, nutritional or alternative medicine which claims activity against cancer, we will be able to discern which of these may impact on her particular cancer, and direct our money there.
Initial comprehensive testing costs $4,500 and subsequent follow up tests are $1,500.
I would like assistance to pay for the initial testing and first follow up. I am a single mother of three daughters, Maia being the eldest. The younger two – whose father died last easter – are aged eleven and seven. I am raising them alone and am living on a limited income.
I have supported Maia implicitly through all of her treatments so far and will continue to do so for as long as she will allow it. I am currently working towards building her a space of her own on our block of the community on which we live, in northern NSW.
Maia is an optimistic, driven and highly intelligent young woman, who is currently working towards her dream of studying law. She takes one unit of study at University in Brisbane, where she travels for one or two days per week, depending on her capacity at the time, and how she is feeling.
She is a much loved and valued member of our family, and we are not ready to let her go just yet.
We would appreciate any help you can offer in terms of reaching our financial target to get this testing done for her.
Thank-you for taking the time to read this.
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