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Elissa's Army

$70,308raised of $100,000 goal
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Organizer: Her Army Beneficiary: Elissa, Brad & Brooklyn Bogardus

We, Elissa's Army, need your help. Elissa was recently diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and is fighting for her life.

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We need your help. Elissa was diagnosed with cervical cancer on March 20, 2014.

After a trip to MD Anderson medical center in Houston, several tests and biopsies and missing her beautiful baby, Brooklyn's first birthday, it was discovered that she had a second cancer, Neuroendocrine that had spread through her lymph system.

She now is doing chemotherapy treatment in Eugene, Oregon and fighting this horrible disease that affects so many lives.

This is where you can help. Please donate $5, $20 or $100, anything you can to help our beautiful Elissa to live. All the donations will go directly to Elissa for treatment and care.

Thank you,

Elissa's Army

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08/25/2014
by Her Army

 I’m happy to report that Elissa finished her last round of chemotherapy in mid August.  Thank you to everyone that sent a card or note recognizing her strong positive approach to getting through all six rounds of chemo and the neulasta injections. Your continued words of encouragement help both Elissa and me. 

 I’m amazed and proud of Elissa’s strength and grace through this ordeal.  Her beauty is not just a “pretty face”. It runs deep within her character and personality.  Brooklyn and I are so lucky to have this strong, loving woman in our lives.

We now are waiting for a PET Scan and an appointment with the surgical oncologist to be scheduled to see how effective the drugs were at stopping and killing the cancer cells.  We are very hopeful that Elissa will be eligible for radiation to her pelvic area and/or a combination of surgery and radiation.

I will post updates as our journey continues. Thank you for your concerns and encouragement as our family goes through this ordeal with cancer.  Please continue to pray for Elissa to have remission and healing.  Remember to support local cancer research efforts and organization, so we can find a treatment and cure for all forms of cancer. 

Brad and Brooklyn

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07/29/2014
by Her Army

The fifth round of chemotherapy has been completed.  Elissa is anxious for the final 6th treatment session to begin the middle of August.  We are very optimistic that the PET Scan, after that final chemotherapy round, will show that even more of the cancer has been effected by the drugs and that she will be eligible for radiation and or a combination of surgery and radiation.

Elissa participated in the local Douglas County Relay for Life.  She remains positive, strong and hopeful. We both appreciate the numerous prayers, cards and help that we have received from all of you. There is no way everyone’s generosity can be repaid.

Cancer seems to touch everyone’s life.  It isn’t easy for those with the disease or their families. I urge everyone to take an active role in their local organizations or cancer society either raising awareness or funds for a cure, so others in the future won’t have to go through what Elissa is having to endure. 

Thank you again, Brad, Elissa and Brooklyn Bogardus
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07/07/2014
by Her Army

Elissa finished her fourth round of chemotherapy just before the Fourth of July weekend. The chemo makes her very tired and fatigued for days afterwards. She generally sleeps for several days before bouncing back.  Elissa is still fortunate not to have the severe side effects many people experience.  It does take Elissa a few days to gain her strength and appetite back. She remains very positive and up beat with her attitude for all that she deals with. 

Elissa has another full body PET Scan scheduled mid July. We are optimistic and praying that it will show the same effective results that the first comparison scan showed. Elissa had her internal kidney stent replaced and the Neulasta shots continue to boost her production of White Blood Cells, which help her immune system. 

I would like to ask for continued prayers. Elissa is so strong in her faith and attitude towards fighting and beating this terrible cancer. I’m very proud of her and the strength she has. My strength comes from all the support my friends, family and strangers have offered and from Elissa herself. 

Thank you again for the generous donations, concerns for our family and for the prayers for Elissa. Elissa and I both appreciate all that everyone has done.  I will continue to post updates as we wage war against this terrible disease.

Sincerely, Brad and Brooklyn

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06/09/2014
by Her Army

Elissa saw her surgical oncologist this week for an exam and comparison of her most recent PET and CT scans. After two rounds of chemo the doctor told us that the chemotherapy is working.  He felt the tumors were physically smaller in size and the PET scan “hotspots” weren’t as hot. The recommendation is to go forward with further chemotherapy using the same drugs. He would like her to complete 6 sessions of the chemo with the goal of shrinking the areas of cancer into the “box” or pelvic region so Elissa could be eligible for radiation.  

We will travel to Eugene this week to start the third round of chemo and meet with her medical oncologist. She continues to need a booster injection after chemo to stimulate her bone marrow to make white blood cells.  Elissa remains strong, health and with a positive attitude. She has been fortunate to have limited side effects to the chemo drugs, unlike many people. 

Elissa gets so much joy and support from her friends. The prayers and all of the well wishes mean so much to both of us. Once again, all I can say is thank you for everyone’s generosity and support.  I do believe the power of prayer is having a hand in how well Elissa is managing her cancer and the treatments.

Thank you, Brad


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05/19/2014
by Her Army
Elissa goes to Eugene this week and will receive her second round of  chemotherapy if her white blood cell count has improved. She is receiving booster shots to help boost her immune system and her bone marrow to produe new white blood cells.

So many friends, neighbors and even those we don't know have helped with donations, meals and prayers. It's amazing that we've received such generous help.

Elissa remains positive and continues to appreciate all the love and concern expressed to her. I'd like to thank everyone with a personal thank you, but please forgive me if I have to take this opprotunity to say thank you in this update.  Sincerely, Brad and his family
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05/08/2014
by Her Army
Next week Elissa stars her second session of chemotherapy in Eugene. Elissa cut her hair in anticipation of the loss of her hair. She's noticed some hair loss at this time, but the doctor said it would really start falling out after the second round of chemo.

I'd like to continue to thank everyone for the donations, well wishes and prayers. It amazes both Elissa and me that we have so many friends and family that have helped, as well as, caring individuals we haven't even met. You are all so generous and caring.

As Mother's Day approaches I want to say a few words about my wife, and what an amazing mother she is to our daughter. I have to thank Elissa for all the love and care she gives Brooklyn and tell her how proud I am of her. Elissa is brave, beautiful and strong. She is the women I love. She is a wonderful wife and mother. I couldn't be a luckier man. 

I need to also thank my mom for all the help she given to us navigating through the doctors apppointments, medical bills and her tenacious efforts to get Elissa the best care available. My mom has been there day one and continues to be there for my family. I appreciate her so much. It's a reminder to me how important a mother's love is.

Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful Elissa, my mom, and to all the other moms.  Brad 




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04/28/2014
by Her Army
Elissa got through her first session of chemo therapy last week. She is doing well this week in Roseburg. We are happy to report she is having a minimal side effects to the chemo therapy at this time. The Roseburg community is busy putting together a dinner and concert on May 31st, as well as, a fun run June 1st. Elissa, Brooklyn and I can't thank everyone enough for the love and support you are giving our family during this time. We thank each and everyone of you. Sincerely, Brad
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04/16/2014
by Her Army
Elissa will be visiting the medical oncologist today, 4-16-14, in Eugene for chemotherapy information.
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04/13/2014
by Her Army
Are you an athlete, a mother, a business woman, a cancer survivor or just someone who works hard? Are you a Lady Gorilla or a man that supports one? This local company has added two new products, a women's Special Edition Cervical Cancer Tank and a Men's Special Edition T-shirt, both benefiting Elissa Bogardus! Check it out!
http://www.ladygorilla.com/?product=womens-racerback-tank-to-benefit-elissa-bogardus
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04/09/2014
by Her Army
With an amazing donation from my Fcc Commercial Furniture family today, we are over $50k! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of our supporters. Thank you so much for all of your generosity, prayers and love!

The Bogardus Family
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04/08/2014
by Her Army
Elissa wears two bracelets:
1. Positivity - a reminder to stay positive
2. What Cancer Can't Do - it can't cripple love, shatter hope, destroy confidence, shut out memories, cannot kill friendships and so much more!
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04/08/2014
by Her Army
Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers for Elissa and our family. Elissa going through continued tests and mets with the oncology team on Wednesday.  She is stayng strong and very hopeful as she battles cervical cancer.  

Brad and Brooklyn 
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04/04/2014
by Her Army
Elissa had her pre surgery appointment and lab work today for her lymph node biopsy Monday morning. The procedure on Monday will take approximately 45 minutes with a 3 hour recovery period. She will return to our hotel to rest and recover. We have a Wednesday, April 9th appointment with the oncologist. We won't receive a biopsy report until that time. Dependent on the results of the biopsy we should have a better idea of what treatment options might be available for Elissa. We need your continued prayers.

Brad and Elissa continue to be amazed and thankful for the outpouring of support and love from friends and generous donors. Positive thoughts and comments have been so helpful to both of them through this ordeal. Brad has conveyed to me all the support and help he's receiving in Roseburg. Thank you for those assisting him and Brooklyn at home while Elissa is here at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The Bogardus family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.

Nancie
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04/03/2014
by Her Army
Elissa's Army T-shirts are now available through our good friends at Big Frog PDX on W. Burnside. Just give them a call and ask for your "Elissa's Army" shirt in one of the 4 colors. $6 of every shirt will go towards this fundraiser for Elissa.  Thank you for your support!

Elissa's Army

Big Frog of Portland
2168 West Burnside Street,
Portland, Oregon 97210
Hours: M-F 9:00am-7:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-5:00pm
Sun Closed
P: (971) 271-7191 | pdx@bigfrog.com

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04/03/2014
by Her Army
No medical appointments today so taking the day to move hotel rooms, relax and of course celebrate sweet Brooklyn's first birthday.


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04/03/2014
by Her Army
Brooklyns Birthday today.  1 years old!  Thank you for all the postive phone calls, text messages, emails and updates on the website.  Elissa and I are so thankful for all of the love and support we have gotten over the last week.  Elissa is in Texas getting ready for her treatment plan. She got to facetime with Brooklyn today but I know how much she misses her little girl on her birthday.  

Brad 
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04/03/2014
by Her Army
Brooklyns Birthday today.  1 years old!  Thank you for all the postive phone calls, text messages, emails and updates on the website.  Elissa and I are so thankful for all of the love and support we have gotten over the last week.  Elissa is in Texas getting ready for her treatment plan. She got to facetime with Brooklyn today but I know how much she misses her little girl on her birthday.  

Brad 
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04/01/2014
by Her Army
Sweet Brooklyn took her first steps today and they got it on video for Mama!
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04/01/2014
by Her Army
Elissa and Nancie made it safe and sound to Houston!

Thanks again for the amazing support from all of you!

Elissa's Army
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04/01/2014
by Her Army
If you missed the news on KPTV Fox 12, check out the article and video clip here! Go kick cancer's booty Elissa! We love you!

http://www.kptv.com/story/25131189/friends-conspire-to-surprise-young-mom-diagnosed-with-cancer
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04/01/2014
by Her Army

I want to say thank you to all of the individuals and families who have been so generous to our family.  Elissa and I appreciate everyone’s positive thoughts, prayers, comments and donations. We have a battle on our hands but we will win this war. 

 

Brad

 


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03/31/2014
by Her Army
Brad and Elissa are amazed at the support from family, friends and strangers. They thank each of you for your generous contributions. Elissa and I are headed to Portland to fly out early Tuesday morning for our appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Thank you for your prayers and concerns.
Nancie Bogardus,RN  (Brad's mom)
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