Cristie Heath's Story
Our Very First Recipient
on 9/29/2018 of $1000
30 years old
Saranac Lake, NY
Taken from Cristie's GoFundMe Page, created by Tracy Pauquette on August 29, 2018:
In November of 2017, Cristie Heath found out she was pregnant with her first baby. To say Cristie was excited would be an understatement. From that moment on all she could think about was her sweet baby boy. At 35 weeks pregnant, Cristie was told she had a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer, and needed to be induced right away. Her first thought? Please make sure my baby is ok. Cristie is one of the most selfless, strongest women I know. She has served in the New York Army National Guard for almost 10 years. She is always there when called to go. To me Cristie is not just my friend, she is family. I also serve, whenever I’m called last minute, Cristie has always been right there for both of my daughters.
I’m creating this Go Fund Me for Cristie because currently, she is on Leave Without Pay from her full time technician job with the Army. Unfortunately, Cristie did not have enough leave saved to cover her 20 weeks of Chemotherapy, Surgery, and six weeks of Radiation. Medical bills for both Cristie, and baby Rory are starting to pile up, along with her monthly bills. Please donate what you can to someone who has given so much to me personally, and to our country. No contribution is too small. Also please pray for Cristie’s healing. Thank you all for your time in reading this.
Update from Cristie on 2/15/19 :
"I completed chemo and had a lumpectomy about a month ago. I will be getting a double mastectomy next week. Once I recover from that, I'll be doing radiation. Rory lee is going to be 8 months old in a little over a week."
Cristie's GoFundMe page is still active. Click on the icon below to donate to her.
Jennifer LaValley's Story
Our Second Recipient
on 1/29/2019 of $1000
30 years old
Written by Christine Fuller, Jennifer's Aunt, on 1/6/19 :
Hello, I was referred to your foundation by my cousin Tiffany Lareau. My niece, Jennifer LaValley, has stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Her story is quite an amazing one. When she was diagnosed, her cancer had already spread to her liver. She was given a poor prognosis, 3 to 6 months. That was 5 1/2 years ago. The past 5 1/2 years have been challenging for her to say the least. She has made several trips to Sloan Kettering. Two years ago she miraculously brought twin boys, Oliver and Colten, into our world. She also has an 8 year old son, Caiden. Jennifer is a true inspiration to many people, despite what she has gone through, she is a loving and caring person. She is a great mommy to her boys. Somehow, she always manages to keep her smile along with a positive attitude. A year ago, we found out that her cancer had spread to her bones. Two of the tumors in her liver have grown significantly, leaving her no choice but to have an embolization treatment done at Sloan Kettering. A week ago she had the procedure done to her left side of the liver, and will be going back in 3 weeks to get the right side done.
Update on 1/26/19 :
Thank you so much Kristeen, I can't even begin to tell you how much this means to me and how thankful I am to you and your board. It means so much to Jennifer, it will help her tremendously. She had the embolization procedure done four weeks ago on the left side of her liver and is leaving to go back to Sloan Kettering on Tuesday to have the procedure done on the right side. The first procedure made her pretty sick but she still managed to keep her smile. The doctor informed her that the larger tumor, the one they will be targeting this time, is getting its blood supply from the main artery which is concerning. We just have to keep our fingers crossed that it makes a difference and helps her to be with us longer. I called her right after I received your email and she cried, it was a happy cry of course. She expressed that she finds it so heart warming and amazing that you have gone through such a painful loss yourself and choose to help others going through similar situations. She mentioned that when she gets back from Sloan Kettering and is back on her feet that she would like to meet you to thank you in person.
Thank you again Kristeen and please tell your board thank you from Jennifer and I.
Update on 2/15/19 by Jennifer :
I had a second treatment done a couple of weeks ago and have just started getting my energy back. What you are doing for others is admirable and it’s motivation for me to get better and create something so I can pay it forward. Thank you so much for your generosity. I would really love to meet you and thank you in person!
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DJ Bordonaro's Story
Our 3rd Recipient
on 9/19/2019 of $1000
9 years old
From DJ's parents, Dan and Mai Bordonaro on August 30, 2019:
My name is Mae Bordonaro. Our son DanielJoseph Bordonaro, we call him DJ 9 years old was diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 15, 2019.
It started July 2, he start getting sick on and off three times for 2 weeks. We thought it’s only a cold or flu cause after a day or two he fell better. One morning when I woke up we saw he had bruises on his legs and on his back so we brought him to Emergency in Plattsburgh hospital and then a for a few a hours they got the result that it is Leukemia. So they sent him to UVM Vermont Hospital right away through Ambulance that was July 13. July 15 they started the first round of Chemo and we stayed in Hospital for over two weeks. After he went home, they scheduled him for the outpatient chemo treatment visit twice a week to complete that one month of First round of Chemo. Now he is in the 2nd round of Chemo and he will be going back and forth through Ferry ride from NY to VT 4 to 5 times a week for 3 months or so. He’s treatment will be a 3 and half years.
Please help us pray for our DJ as he undergo all this treatment. We know it is a long rough road for us especially for him. Thank you so much for all your kindness and help you shared with us.
With God’s Love and Grace,
Mae and Family
Please feel free to make donations through this foundation in support of DJ.