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Organizer: Juliet & Atlee Greene Beneficiary: The Raymond Family

Please help the Raymond Family. Their four year old son was diagnosed on December 17, 2013 with Wilms' Tumor, a form of cancer affecting young children. His family lives in Cape Cod and has to travel to MGH Children's Oncology Department weekly for Chemotherapy treatment, and soon to be daily for Radiation treatment. They have two young daughters as well and to care for their sick child, his mother has had to leave her job. Please help us support this family and help them with travel expenses and medical bills to help their little boy fight this serious illness.
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06/10/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
OFFICIAL NEWS from Donovan's oncologist - the radiologist has read his scans and AGREES with the oncologist that there is NO new growth on his lungs, that the tumors/nodules are SHRINKING and it appears that the spots on his liver are GONE (the liver can be difficult to read as it moves when we breathe, we tried to get Donovan to hold his breath but as far as they can tell for right now they don't see them). She said while he's not out of the woods yet, she is hopeful and he is on (again for now, as long as his blood counts are good and right now they're great) for a 5 day chemo stay starting next Monday.
Thank you as always for your continued support!!
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05/24/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan is doing well. He had outpatient chemo this past Thursday and had a visit from our wonderful friend Caitlyn to help pass the time. Caitlyn was our Boston Marathon runner and now official member of the family. I love watching them play and laugh together. She helps him forget and that's what he needs.
Donovan has to have another CT scan in the coming weeks. We're still waiting to hear about when and then he will be in for a 5 day inpatient chemo stay.
Thank you all for your support and prayers! It's greatly appreciated. He's not out of the woods yet but we hope he is soon!
Love,
Annmarie and the gang


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05/01/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Hi all! Thank you for your support, it means so much to us! Donovan had outpatient chemo today which means he'll be on lots of anti-nausea meds for the next few days. He might need another transfusion but we won't know that until next week or the week after. He received another CT Scan and while most of it was good, there is still some pieces they are going to keep an eye on. Just more praying for our little man. Thank you! Annmarie and the gang xoxoxo
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04/19/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Hi All,
Donovan has had his 2nd inpatient 5 day stay and he did well. He did have to receive a red blood cell transfusion and a platelet transfusion. We are home and he has 2 more of those stays left. In between he will receive outpatient chemo in the clinic at MGH. He might also need some more transfusions but we will wait and see. We are excited for the Marathon on the 21st as we have two wonderful people running for Donovan! Go Bob Richards and go Caitlyn Bransfield! xoxoxo
Donovan will have a repeat CT Scan at the end of the month and we will have to wait a few days for the results. We're hopeful that it will be positive since his last one was.
As always, thank you so very much for your donations and your prayers. They both help a lot, especially since the past few weeks we've had to go up to Boston almost twice a week for transfusions.
Happy Easter!
xoxoxo,
Annmarie and the gang
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03/31/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan is doing well. He has had to have a few transfusions which he was not happy about but overall he handles them ok and is overjoyed to go home. He is due for another 5 day chemo hospital stay soon - when wil depend on his blood counts. Thank you for all your prayers and contributions! Please keep praying for him he still has a lot of chemo to get through! xoxoxo
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03/18/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan finished radiation last week and was admitted for his first inpatient 5 day chemo. He did well and we are now home and resting. Thank you all so much!!!!
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03/09/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you so much to all who have donated. It means so much to us that you have helped to support us in getting Donovan well! Donovan has two radiation treatments left (his last one is Tuesday 3/11/14) and he is very excited to be done with them. He is doing well and even went outside for a while this weekend to play with his sisters.
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03/04/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan has completed 8 rounds of radiation. He will begin another 6 (or 7) rounds this week and complete next week so then he will be done with radiation YAY! He still has many more courses of chemotherapy to endure though. Thankfully most of them can be done outpatient but some will have to be inpatient. Thank you all for your support!
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02/15/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan's surgery went well and we are home. He will begin radiation treatments on 2/18 and will begin inpatient chemo the first week of March. On Tuesday we will meet with his team and get the rest of his treatment plan. Please keep praying for him! Thank you!
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02/11/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Hi! Donovan had his left kidney and the tumor successfully removed last Tuesday. He is doing well and home (finally!). He will begin radiation treatment next week - which means daily treatments for him every day for about 14 days or more (we're still waiting to hear from his radiation doctor for confirmation on how many treatments he will have to have). He is much happier at home than in the hospital and we are going to have a nice relaxing week before we're back at fighting this thing.
As always, thank you for your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, visit here:
http://www.teespring.com/teammunchkin2
And if all you can afford are prayers, we will take those!
Thank you!
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02/04/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan goes in for surgery today to remove his left kidney and the tumor (2/4/14). If you could say a prayer that would be great! Thank you!
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01/28/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan's surgery has been set for February 4th. He will be in the hospital from 5-7 days. 10 days after surgery he will begin radiation treatment. His chemo will resume about 2-3 weeks after the surgery. His oncologist said she will wait until the lab report comes back about his tumor and will base his chemo plan on that. Depending on the report, Donovan could have all inpatient (hospitalized) chemo which would mean about 5 days in the hospital every few weeks or a mix of inpatient and outpatient. Right now we don't know how long this treatment will be for. We are, as always, committed to getting him healthy and beating this cancer! Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!
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01/16/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Another treatment down with two more to go. We have to go to Boston twice next week - once for chemo and once for a sedated CT scan. It's going to be a long week! Thank you to all who have donated it means so much!
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01/14/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
The Raymond Family would like to thank eveyone that has donated to date. They have been overwhelmed and so grateful for all the love and support shown to them since sharing the news of Donovan's diagnosis!

I wanted to share with you some information about Wilms' Tumor, the type of Cancer that Donovan has. This information has been found on the Dana Farber website: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/Conditions/Solid-Tumors/Wilms-Tumor-Nephroblastoma-Kidney-tumor.aspx?_vsignck&_vsrefdom=wilmstumor&gclid=CJqc17ee-7sCFct9OgodGl4A8g

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Approximately 500 children, mostly between 2 and 4 years of age, are diagnosed with Wilms' tumor each year in the United States. Most children are successfully treated, usually by partial or full surgical removal of the tumor (depending its size and location). Wilms’ tumor most often starts in the kidneys but, in rare cases, can occur in other parts of the body. It is the most common type of kidney cancer. These tumors can be very large and may spread to other body tissues, most often the lungs.

The symptoms of Wilms’ tumor may resemble other, more common conditions or medical problems. The most common symptoms are: 

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation 

In addition to a complete physical examination, doctors often recommend a number of different tests to diagnose Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – an imaging test that can provide an outline of the kidneys and the tumor and determine if there are problems in the renal or other major veins in the abdomen or determine if there are lesions or tumors in the opposite kidney
  • X-ray – chest or abdominal X-rays can help determine the size and location of the tumor and whether it has spread
  • Computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used in some cases to look for tumors in blood vessels or other organs
  • Blood and urine tests – to evaluate kidney function
  • Biopsy – to determine what type of tumor is present

A number of treatments are recommended for Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Surgery – often removal of the entire kidney and tissue around it, as well as the ureter and adrenal gland (which sits on top of the kidney); for children with tumors in both kidneys, kidney-sparing surgery aims to remove the tumor while leaving healthy kidney tissue alone. Surgeons from the Urologic Tumors Program at Boston Children's Hospital are brought in when surgery is required.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy following surgery 
  • Stem cell transplant – used in difficult-to-treat cases

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.With prompt, aggressive treatment, most children with Wilms’ tumor are successfully treated and experience relatively few side effects. More aggressive tumors that have spread significantly may be harder to cure. The goal of treatment is both to cure the cancer and minimize the long-term effects of therapy. Children, however, are at some risk of late-effects of the cancer and its treatment, including reduced kidney function, heart and lung problems after chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and slowed or decreased growth and development.
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Wow, I know that was a lot of information. Thank you for reading this far. Donovan has already, just about 28 days after his diagnosis, been through most of these tests and treatments. At only 4 years old, his family is amazed by his strength and resiliency. However, Donovan and his family still have a long way to go and any amount you can donate will help the family be able to focus on Donovan's treatment and wellbeing. Thank you!


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01/13/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
The Raymond Family would like to thank eveyone that has donated to date. They have been overwhelmed and so grateful for all the love and support shown to them since sharing the news of Donovan's diagnosis!

I wanted to share with you some information about Wilms' Tumor, the type of Cancer that Donovan has. This information has been found on the Dana Farber website: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/Conditions/Solid-Tumors/Wilms-Tumor-Nephroblastoma-Kidney-tumor.aspx?_vsignck&_vsrefdom=wilmstumor&gclid=CJqc17ee-7sCFct9OgodGl4A8g

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Approximately 500 children, mostly between 2 and 4 years of age, are diagnosed with Wilms' tumor each year in the United States. Most children are successfully treated, usually by partial or full surgical removal of the tumor (depending its size and location). Wilms’ tumor most often starts in the kidneys but, in rare cases, can occur in other parts of the body. It is the most common type of kidney cancer. These tumors can be very large and may spread to other body tissues, most often the lungs.

The symptoms of Wilms’ tumor may resemble other, more common conditions or medical problems. The most common symptoms are: 

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation 

In addition to a complete physical examination, doctors often recommend a number of different tests to diagnose Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – an imaging test that can provide an outline of the kidneys and the tumor and determine if there are problems in the renal or other major veins in the abdomen or determine if there are lesions or tumors in the opposite kidney
  • X-ray – chest or abdominal X-rays can help determine the size and location of the tumor and whether it has spread
  • Computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used in some cases to look for tumors in blood vessels or other organs
  • Blood and urine tests – to evaluate kidney function
  • Biopsy – to determine what type of tumor is present

A number of treatments are recommended for Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Surgery – often removal of the entire kidney and tissue around it, as well as the ureter and adrenal gland (which sits on top of the kidney); for children with tumors in both kidneys, kidney-sparing surgery aims to remove the tumor while leaving healthy kidney tissue alone. Surgeons from the Urologic Tumors Program at Boston Children's Hospital are brought in when surgery is required.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy following surgery 
  • Stem cell transplant – used in difficult-to-treat cases

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.With prompt, aggressive treatment, most children with Wilms’ tumor are successfully treated and experience relatively few side effects. More aggressive tumors that have spread significantly may be harder to cure. The goal of treatment is both to cure the cancer and minimize the long-term effects of therapy. Children, however, are at some risk of late-effects of the cancer and its treatment, including reduced kidney function, heart and lung problems after chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and slowed or decreased growth and development.
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Wow, I know that was a lot of information. Thank you for reading this far. Donovan has already, just about 28 days after his diagnosis, been through most of these tests and treatments. At only 4 years old, his family is amazed by his strength and resiliency. However, Donovan and his family still have a long way to go and any amount you can donate will help the family be able to focus on Donovan's treatment and wellbeing. Thank you!


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01/13/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
The Raymond Family would like to thank eveyone that has donated to date. They have been overwhelmed and so grateful for all the love and support shown to them since sharing the news of Donovan's diagnosis!

I wanted to share with you some information about Wilms' Tumor, the type of Cancer that Donovan has. This information has been found on the Dana Farber website: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/Conditions/Solid-Tumors/Wilms-Tumor-Nephroblastoma-Kidney-tumor.aspx?_vsignck&_vsrefdom=wilmstumor&gclid=CJqc17ee-7sCFct9OgodGl4A8g

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Approximately 500 children, mostly between 2 and 4 years of age, are diagnosed with Wilms' tumor each year in the United States. Most children are successfully treated, usually by partial or full surgical removal of the tumor (depending its size and location). Wilms’ tumor most often starts in the kidneys but, in rare cases, can occur in other parts of the body. It is the most common type of kidney cancer. These tumors can be very large and may spread to other body tissues, most often the lungs.

The symptoms of Wilms’ tumor may resemble other, more common conditions or medical problems. The most common symptoms are: 

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation 

In addition to a complete physical examination, doctors often recommend a number of different tests to diagnose Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – an imaging test that can provide an outline of the kidneys and the tumor and determine if there are problems in the renal or other major veins in the abdomen or determine if there are lesions or tumors in the opposite kidney
  • X-ray – chest or abdominal X-rays can help determine the size and location of the tumor and whether it has spread
  • Computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used in some cases to look for tumors in blood vessels or other organs
  • Blood and urine tests – to evaluate kidney function
  • Biopsy – to determine what type of tumor is present

A number of treatments are recommended for Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Surgery – often removal of the entire kidney and tissue around it, as well as the ureter and adrenal gland (which sits on top of the kidney); for children with tumors in both kidneys, kidney-sparing surgery aims to remove the tumor while leaving healthy kidney tissue alone. Surgeons from the Urologic Tumors Program at Boston Children's Hospital are brought in when surgery is required.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy following surgery 
  • Stem cell transplant – used in difficult-to-treat cases

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.With prompt, aggressive treatment, most children with Wilms’ tumor are successfully treated and experience relatively few side effects. More aggressive tumors that have spread significantly may be harder to cure. The goal of treatment is both to cure the cancer and minimize the long-term effects of therapy. Children, however, are at some risk of late-effects of the cancer and its treatment, including reduced kidney function, heart and lung problems after chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and slowed or decreased growth and development.
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Wow, I know that was a lot of information. Thank you for reading this far. Donovan has already, just about 28 days after his diagnosis, been through most of these tests and treatments. At only 4 years old, his family is amazed by his strength and resiliency. However, Donovan and his family still have a long way to go and any amount you can donate will help the family be able to focus on Donovan's treatment and wellbeing. Thank you!


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01/13/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
The Raymond Family would like to thank eveyone that has donated to date. They have been overwhelmed and so grateful for all the love and support shown to them since sharing the news of Donovan's diagnosis!

I wanted to share with you some information about Wilms' Tumor, the type of Cancer that Donovan has. This information has been found on the Dana Farber website: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/Conditions/Solid-Tumors/Wilms-Tumor-Nephroblastoma-Kidney-tumor.aspx?_vsignck&_vsrefdom=wilmstumor&gclid=CJqc17ee-7sCFct9OgodGl4A8g

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Approximately 500 children, mostly between 2 and 4 years of age, are diagnosed with Wilms' tumor each year in the United States. Most children are successfully treated, usually by partial or full surgical removal of the tumor (depending its size and location). Wilms’ tumor most often starts in the kidneys but, in rare cases, can occur in other parts of the body. It is the most common type of kidney cancer. These tumors can be very large and may spread to other body tissues, most often the lungs.

The symptoms of Wilms’ tumor may resemble other, more common conditions or medical problems. The most common symptoms are: 

  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation 

In addition to a complete physical examination, doctors often recommend a number of different tests to diagnose Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – an imaging test that can provide an outline of the kidneys and the tumor and determine if there are problems in the renal or other major veins in the abdomen or determine if there are lesions or tumors in the opposite kidney
  • X-ray – chest or abdominal X-rays can help determine the size and location of the tumor and whether it has spread
  • Computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used in some cases to look for tumors in blood vessels or other organs
  • Blood and urine tests – to evaluate kidney function
  • Biopsy – to determine what type of tumor is present

A number of treatments are recommended for Wilms’ tumor, including:

  • Surgery – often removal of the entire kidney and tissue around it, as well as the ureter and adrenal gland (which sits on top of the kidney); for children with tumors in both kidneys, kidney-sparing surgery aims to remove the tumor while leaving healthy kidney tissue alone. Surgeons from the Urologic Tumors Program at Boston Children's Hospital are brought in when surgery is required.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy following surgery 
  • Stem cell transplant – used in difficult-to-treat cases

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.

Anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor will experience recurrence, which is treated with additional surgery, chemotherapy  and/or radiation therapy.With prompt, aggressive treatment, most children with Wilms’ tumor are successfully treated and experience relatively few side effects. More aggressive tumors that have spread significantly may be harder to cure. The goal of treatment is both to cure the cancer and minimize the long-term effects of therapy. Children, however, are at some risk of late-effects of the cancer and its treatment, including reduced kidney function, heart and lung problems after chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and slowed or decreased growth and development.
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Wow, I know that was a lot of information. Thank you for reading this far. Donovan has already, just about 28 days after his diagnosis, been through most of these tests and treatments. At only 4 years old, his family is amazed by his strength and resiliency. However, Donovan and his family still have a long way to go and any amount you can donate will help the family be able to focus on Donovan's treatment and wellbeing. Thank you!


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01/07/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan just completed week 3 of chemo. His labs were excellent according to his medical team. Unfortunately he will have to have a sedated echo next week as he refused to have one done. We can't blame him. They have to poke around his port site and it can be uncomfortable. But he's home resting right now and is a brave little guy for sure!
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01/03/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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01/02/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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01/02/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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01/02/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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01/02/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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01/01/2014
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Thank you to all of our supporters! After 5 days of having this fundraiser open, we are almost at $1400 - just about $600 away from our original goal! I know the Raymond Family is so touched and grateful for the generosity of all of their supporters and the donations will be put towards medical and travel expenses related to Donovan's medical care. Thank you all so much, and here's to a happy and HEALTHY New Year for Donovan and all of your, and our, loved ones!!
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12/31/2013
by Juliet & Atlee Greene
Donovan had his 2nd round of chemo on Monday and is home. He is feeling ok but still not himself. His oncologist is confident that we are going in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who's donated! It  means so much to the family. Have a very happy New Year!
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