Archive for June, 2011

Where a Dollar could help SAVE a LIFE……..

June 18, 2011
Dear Friends and Family:In September of 2010, my dearest friend (sister of my heart) Barbara got the news that no parent
wants to hear: Her 25 year old daughter Allyson was diagnosed with a rare
but there type of cancer:Small Cell Cervical Cancer. family is very close and soon everyone was on board to help Allyson
get through her first rounds of chemo and radiation at Sloan Kettering.
After a grueling few months, the petscan showed a low level of metastatic
reaction, meaning that there were now spots on Allyson’s liver.

Allyson is an amazing young woman. She has what I like to refer to as all
oars in the water: She is intelligent, talented, accomplished, funny,
compassionate and beautiful. She loves the Knicks, Rascal Flatts, her
parents, her sister, her chocolate lab, KONA and her boyfriend Todd, (NOT
necessarily in that order!) She did her undergrad work at St. Johns
University and loved living in the New York City area and enjoying all
that that life had to offer.

When the first diagnosis was given, Allyson had just received her Master’s
degree in Speech Pathology from my old alma mater, CW Post College in
Brookville, NY. She had easily gotten and accepted a position in her
chosen field and literally the week she was supposed to start her new
life, she was diagnosed.

For many of us, this is an all too familiar story. What is uncommon, is
the amazing grace, charm, humor and high emotional clarity that Allyson
has shown through this whole ordeal. She is positive, She is forward
thinking and she is SURE she will win this battle, as are we.

We have dubbed her our cancer warrior!!

Her second round of treatments are being given in New York City. She has
found an amazing doctor who is treating her both with traditional anti –
cancer drugs and an holistic approach which includes a large daily and
very expensive supplement/vitamin regimen.

At this point, her metastases are static, meaning they
have not grown and we continue to fill our hearts and minds with HOPE.

Why I am at your doorstep: Her supplements cost about three thousand
dollars a month, which insurance doesn’t cover. She has a family who has
and will continue to go to the ENDS of the EARTH to find a cure for her.
As you may imagine, the out of pocket expenses are enormous and the family
has received help from their generous communities in both Long Island and
in Sullivan County, NY, but the money is going out faster than it is
coming in.
Read this link to learn about the amazing fundraising that has helped Ally
to this point:

What I am asking of you is the following :

Put a dollar in an envelope, put a stamp on it and mail it to:
Band Together For Ally
PO Box 647
Rock Hill NY 12775


Pass it on. Our goal is for this email to reach 100,000 people or more.
You do the math. All we need is that dollar from you and a dream to help
Ally. Prayers will help too.