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Help Corinne Beat Cancer

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Organizer: Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood Beneficiary: Corinne Atwood

Corinne is a 19-year-old University of Toledo student who has recently been diagnosed with nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Please help support her fight!

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She was just diagnosed with stage four cancer: a rare, aggressive nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' is typically found in young children. The cancer starts in the kidney. She needs love, prayers, and support from family, friends, and anyone willing to help this incredible young woman. She is so loved and needed by everyone she knows. 

Your donations will be used for her medical expenses. 
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"Corinne is strong-willed, but soft spoken, intelligent and thoughtful. She's always happy to brighten your day even if she's having a bad one. She loves to laugh and will get trapped in hilarious fits of laughter. We're so close. We tell each other everything...I have the most amazing sister in the world. She's been my best friend for 19 years, and she's going to kick cancer's butt!" -Allison Atwood, Corinne's sister & best friend

Corinne is just that: full of life, happy, fun, intelligent, vivacious, spirited, and hilarious. She has grand dreams and an incredible passion for life. She's been studying and performing on cello for eight years. Corinne's passion for dance started when she was just three; Jazz and hip hop rapidly became her favorites, and she continued dancing for 15 years. Don't dare to challenge her at "Just Dance." She can beat anyone. 

Corinne is a soon to be sophomore at the University of Toledo majoring in public relations. She loves New York City and all things Anderson Cooper. She'd love to meet Anderson, but we're all pretty sure she would win his job in a heartbeat. (And we'd be okay with that!) She's driven and talented; she can and will do anything she chooses to do.  


We are hoping to raise the funds to help her with medical expenses and travel expenses related to her medical care. 

If you prefer to donate directly by check, please email Corinne's mom, Cathi, her cousin, Grace, or her sister, Allison, at corinnesjourney@gmail.com for more information. 


Thank you for your support! 

Please Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelpCorinneBeatCancer
And follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnesJourney

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Updates

04/18/2014
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

On March 10th Corinne had her last chemo and rang the chemo bell! On March 24, Corinne's 20th birthday, she had her latest scan which showed no evidence of disease for the first time! We are ecstatic that there are no signs of cancer, but there is still a long way to go. Corinne suffered multiple compression fractures in her back as a result of the radiation and chemo weakening her bones. She is attending physical therapy in hopes to help her back heal and to regain strength. She is also still dealing dealing with nausea. Corinne's spirits remain high, as always! 

Thank you for your continued support through this process! 10 months ago when she was first diagnosed was the most terrifying experience of our lives. We have come so far with your help and the help of the medical teams at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The James Cancer Hospital at OSU. 


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01/18/2014
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

On January 6th Corinne had a CT scan done at Children's Hospital to make sure the chemo is still working. Her doctors weren't able to see any cancerous spots on her liver or in her lymph system! There were still spots on her lungs, but they had not grown since her last CT scan. Since they have remained unchanged they may be scars from an infection. We are not planning on doing a biopsy, but instead are keeping a close eye on them. Her doctor has decreased the amount of chemo she will receive, but she still has 4-5 more rounds before her protocol is finished. We are very excited about this news, but are very cautious about celebrating too soon. 

Corinne has been dealing with persistent and sometimes debilitating back pain as a result of her surgery in September. This has been very hard because she cannot exercise, go on walks, or dance like she used to. In-patient physical therapy has not helped, but we have an out-patient appointment scheduled after her next round of chemo. 

The last 6 months have been unbelievably stressful and hectic and we are very grateful to be connected with so many caring people. Thank you for sending your prayers, well wishes and donations. We appreciate you so much! Don't forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter for the lastest updates! 


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12/15/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne finished radiation. It was tougher than we thought. She was very tired and nausiated during the few weeks, but now that it has been over for a couple of weeks she is feeling better. Corinne has enormous back pain as a result of removing her kidney. She is trying physical therapy and uses a cane to stand up. Chemotherapy was delayed for a week because she went into sepsis 2 weeks ago. Luckily we got to the hospital just in time to give her antibiotics and keep her out of the ICU. She is finishing her antibiotics today and will hopefully be able to move forward with chemo later this week. Her blood clot from a few months ago is completely cleared and we are so happy about that. She was also having headaches so the doctors chose to do an MRI on her brain. They found no bleeding or cancer in her brain! The headaches were probably a result of chemotherapy.
We still have a long way to go until chemo is finished. Thank you for your support and staying updated!
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10/22/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

Radiation will begin in the next few weeks now that Corinne's tumor and kidney have been removed. If you would like to purchase a yellow Team Corinne wristband, they are $5 each and available in adult and youth sizes. All proceeds go to help Corinne pay for her medical expenses. Just email us at corinnesjourney@gmail.com for more details! 

Thanks for your continued love and support! 


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09/20/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

Haven't purchased a Team Corinne t-shirt yet and still want one?! Email us at corinnesjourney@gmail.com or Team Corinne's facebook page: facebook.com/HelpCorinneBeatCancer, and tell us know you're interested in a shirt! Shirts are $20 each and will help with Corinne's medical expenses. 

Thanks for your continued support! 

#TeamCorinne 

(T-Shirts are pictured in the photo album on this page.) 


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09/08/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
The radiologist told us that they will not start radiation until her left kidney is removed. We are waiting until Corinne's blood clot is gone to remove her kidney. Let's hope that her counts are high enough to start her 4th round of chemo on Tuesday so we can keep this treatment plan moving! 
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08/19/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
We have the best update yet! Our primary diagnosis of desmoplastic small round cell sarcoma is most likely incorrect. After further testing it is now known that Corinne probably does not have DSRCT, but rather a cancer called nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' starts in the kidney and is still rare, but much more common than DSRCT. It is also more treatable and has a much greater prognosis. Corinne still has stage IV cancer, but we are overjoyed with this news. After a 3 week interruption due to this news and the blood clot she will begin chemo again today.
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08/19/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
We have the best update yet! Our primary diagnosis of desmoplastic small round cell sarcoma is most likely incorrect. After further testing it is now known that Corinne probably does not have DSRCT, but rather a cancer called nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' starts in the kidney and is still rare, but much more common than DSRCT. It is also more treatable and has a much greater prognosis. Corinne still has stage IV cancer, but we are overjoyed with this news. After a 3 week interruption due to this news and the blood clot she will begin chemo again today.
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08/10/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Last night Corinne's fever was 100.8. When it reaches 100.4 we have to take her to the emergency room. After 8 hours in the ER she had a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia because she has been coughing so much. Her temperature is down and she has finally been admitted. Now we can get some rest!
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08/08/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, or DSRCT, is a very rare and aggressive type of sarcoma. Luckily we have a an aggressive tool on our side! After 4-5 more rounds of chemotherapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital Corinne will travel back to Houston, TX to visit MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she will undergo a surgery that can last 12-24 hours. The surgeon will first remove every tumor in Corinne's abdominal wall and organs. Now, after all removable tumors are gone, comes our not-so-secret weapon: Hypothermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC.
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08/03/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
TODAY TODAY TODAY is the last day to order your Team Corinne t-shirt! Sizes S-XXL (also available in childrens' sizes). Suggested donation of $20/shirt. If you are not local (Columbus, Dayton, Marysville, Wheeling) we ask that you pay additional shipping. Please email corinnesjourney@gmail.com to place your order! Include your t-shit size(s), phone number, and address if you are not local. Thanks for your support! 
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08/02/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne's second round of chemo went very well. Her hemoglobin count was 8, which means she will get another blood transfusion tomorrow, but her ANC was great! ANC, or absolute nuetrophil count, is a count of the number of neutrophil (a type of white blood cell). White blood cells are a part of the immune system and if they are low then the body is unable to fight infections. 
Corinne is excited to go home tomorrow!
 

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07/31/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

*CHANGE IN PLANS!*

If you want a Team Corinne T-Shirt and you haven't placed your order yet, SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 is the last day to do so! This is the final order for Team Corinne t-shirts. Email the fundraisers with your size(s), phone number, and address (if you are not local: Wheeling, Dayton, Columbus, Marysville). 

Thank you for your support! Go Team Corinne! 


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07/29/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne began her second round of chemotherapy today. She is expected to stay in the hospital the rest of the week. 
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07/24/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne's appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center went well and she will fly home Thursday morning. We are so excited that they will perform surgery after more chemotherapy cycles at Children's Hospital in Columbus are completed. Flights from Columbus to Houston are very expensive. We appreciate any donations you are able to make as they will greatly assist in Corinne's travel and medical expenses. 
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07/23/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
There are many reasons that today is a good day! Corinne's temperature has returned to normal and we are going to be discharged early in the morning. Tomorrow Corinne and Cathi will be flying to Houston, TX to see Dr. Huh at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the number one cancer hospital in America. And to make this day even more exciting Don Lemon from CNN, one of Corinne's favorite anchors, reached out to Corinne and sent his support!
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07/18/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

We are making one last Team Corinne t-shirt order!

If you want a shirt, please order it by August 10th. Sizes range from S - XXXL. There is a suggested donation of $20 per shirt. If you are not local (Columbus, Wheeling) we are asking that you please pay for shipping. You can email corinnesjourney@gmail.com or privately message Corinne's facebook page: facebook.com/helpcorinnebeatcancer. 

Don't forget to post a picture of yourself in the shirt on facebook & twitter after you get it! Let's all show our support for Corinne! 


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07/18/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
After one week at Children's Hospital and completing her first round of chemotherapy, on Wednesday, July 17, Corinne was released to go home! 
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07/16/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne was battling a high temperature last night, but it is now back to normal. High temperatures are even more dangerous while undergoing chemotherapy. Her body will not be able to fight infections as well because chemotherapy lowers the white blood cell count. (White blood cells are part of the immune system.) Since she is now back to normal we are planning on being discharged tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17). 
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07/13/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
For those of you wondering what type of sarcoma Corinne has, it is called desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT). It is a rare type of sarcoma that usually only affects adolescent males. DSRCT can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to remove the tumors. Currently Corinne is just receiving chemotherapy and is taking it very well. 
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07/13/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Team Corinne is on Facebook: facebook.com/HelpCorinneBeatCancer and Twitter: @corinnesjourney. Follow her story to receive updates!
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07/12/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Good news! The results from the bone marrow biopsy came back clean! We are currently waiting to start chemotherapy. 
However, we are currently looking for a certified cosmetologist who could come to Children's Hospital and cut her hair within the next few days. We are having a wig made from her own hair, so it is important that it is cut to the wig company's specifications. No one at Children's is available until Thursday.
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07/11/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
July 12, Corinne will begin chemotherapy at Natonwide Children's Hospital. She is so appreciative of the support from family, friends, and even strangers. 
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07/10/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne's chemo port surgery was successful! She will be in recovery for an hour and will return home later today. Thank you to everybody who has been thinking about us and praying for us.
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07/05/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Team Corinne is placing ONE FINAL ORDER of T-shirts soon! Now is the time to order yours! The official Team Corinne t-shirts have the logo “Team Corinne” on the front and the quote, "She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future," on the back. They are blue, unisex and range in sizes S-XXXL. They are a great way to show the world that you are a part of Team Corinne and at the same time help her with medical expenses. There is a suggested donation of $20 per shirt and you will pay cash/check on delivery. If you are not local (Columbus, Wheeling, Dayton) we ask that you please pay shipping costs for your shirt(s). To help expedite your t-shirts, please pay by check at the time of the order if you are not local.

Thank you for your support! 

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07/03/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
On Monday, July 8th, Corinne will be admitted to Children's Hospital for surgery to implant a chemotherapy port under the skin on her chest. A catheter will be attached to the port, threaded through a vein in her neck, and will end at the top of her heart. During this time the surgeon will also remove some of her bone marrow for further testing. Corinne is relieved to take the first steps in her treatment plan and the smile on her face has remained unchanged.

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07/02/2013
by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

Corinne’s story started around the beginning of March, when she came home from college for spring break and got what she thought was food poisoning. She started experiencing minor pain in her left hip and kidney. After a visit to her family doctor, tests confirmed that the “food poisoning” was actually a virus, but, nevertheless, her kidney was healthy and there was nothing wrong with the bones in her hip. Eventually, the kidney pain went away.


Unfortunately, the hip pain grew worse. Living an active lifestyle, she thought it was nothing more than a result of a hard workout and would be solved with a little R&R. As the month progressed, the hip pain grew worse and burning pains started radiating down her thigh. Finally enough was enough, and Corinne visited an ER in Toledo, who said the pain was nothing more than Sciatica, a nerve inflammation. She was given medications and sent home. 


Luckily, Corinne had made an appointment with her family doctor in Reynoldsburg weeks before to discuss the hip pain. She followed up with her doctor about what the Toledo ER said. A day later, Corinne started experiencing stabbing pain in her stomach. After contacting her family doctor with her concern, she was advised to go to an ER right away. With the help of her boyfriend, Kody, Corinne was checked into Mount Carmel East by the end of the night. The doctor said the pain was gas from the medication for Sciatica, and once again, Corinne was released from the hospital that night.


The next day, Corinne went to her appointment with her family doctor. After about an hour in the examination room, her doctor ordered a CT scan after feeling a mysterious lump on her spleen. Later that day, Corinne was called back into her doctor’s office and was given the bad news, its cancer. With the help of her family doctor, she was admitted into the James Cancer Hospital at OSU the same night.


July 1, we received a preliminary diagnosis of Sarcoma, which is common in young people. It is treated with chemotherapy. Corinne has another appointment July 3 with a Sarcoma specialist to get a finalized diagnosis and treatment plan.

Sarcoma is treated with aggressive chemo, which kills all rapidly growing cells in the body. Although this will potentially help Corinne, her body will go through many changes including loss of hair. Help us raise money to give this sweet girl a wig and a confidence boost by ordering a T-shirt.

Thank you for all your support. 


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