Save Alison (New Mother with Brain Cancer)

For: Alison McCarthy
New York, NY
Organizer: Meghan McCarthy
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The Story

On November 3rd, my sister Alison gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby boy named Nathan. Five days later while recuperating at home, Alison suddenly had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where a CT scan showed a large mass in her brain. Tragically, a biopsy has confirmed that Alison has a high grade glioblastoma brain tumor, a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Alison's tumor is inoperable and average life expectancy is less than 18 months without treatment. 

We are hoping to raise funds for Alison and her husband Logan as unfortunately their insurance is not accepted at leading cancer-centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering or for clinical trials with experimental treatments which are options we would like to have for her. Alison will also not be able to work for the foreseeable future and Logan can not work full time as he is caring for Alison and their baby. The loss of income and added expenses will be financially devastating for this new family. Your donations will go to help pay for medical treatments, travel expenses, and childcare and are crucial in our fight to save Alison. The Brain Tumor Foundation estimates the cost of treating a brain tumor at more than $450,000 and says costs of treating a brain tumor can reach $700,000 in a lifetime.

About Alison

Alison graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 2001 with degrees in Economics and Spanish. She then went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from NYU. An early childhood dream of Alison's was to join the Peace Corps as she wanted to help the less privileged in the world. Although she was unable to realize that particular dream, Alison went on to work for a non profit whose mission is to provide health care to people in developing nations. Alison made numerous trips to Africa and Asia setting up field offices for this crucial organization.

In 2008, Alison met her husband Logan and they were married in 2011. Right away Alison and Logan knew they wanted to start a family but unfortunately went through many struggles to realize this dream. They were finally blessed with their little miracle on November 3rd and then the cancer diagnosis came only a few short days later. Through all of this, Alison has kept a positive attitude with a determination to continue to be a part of Nathan's life. Our family will never give up hope that Alison will be able to do so.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 6, 2017

Posted on March 6, 2017

Posted on 03/06/2017
Hello everyone, this is Logan. I'm so sorry that we've not personally responded to all of your generous donations; it's always that we have some new emergency bit of terribleness pop up. 

Well, that's been historically the case: Alison's been home now since the end of September 2016, which is the longest uninterrupted stretch since this hell began. And today we just got home from the doctor after being told a month ago that there was new growth; everything is surprisingly stable.

So we continue to try to get Alison stronger and better. Perhaps what we're doing is working. Perhaps she's getting better on her own. We're not sure but we press on, regardless. In the meanwhile, we have time to do things like laugh, play with the baby, and write thank you emails (honest and for true!).

Thanks for helping and believing in her.

More regular updates on my blog:

Posted on May 7, 2016

Posted on May 7, 2016

Tomorrow is Alison's first Mother's day and Thursday is her birthday; two milestones we weren't sure she'd see but are so happy she will.

Alison recently had her first official MRI post radiation and chemotherapy in the middle of April and we are pleased to say that the tumor appears to be stable - she's had no new growth since the end of January. While we'd ultimately hope to see the tumor shrinking, the fact that the tumor has been stable for three months gives us hope.
Alison has been wearing an Optune cap for 18 hours a day for the last two months which requires her head to be shaven every few days. She also hasn't been able to walk since December and her weight has dropped significantly but in recent weeks she's been eating more and has even had the energy to do some physical therapy. She is also continuing chemotherapy and we are constatnly amazed by what she has been able to endure. Alison continues to tell us she wants to fight.
As she celebrates her first Mother's Day with Nathan tomorrow, our entire family remains grateful that you have all helped us reach this milestone. Your donations have meant that Logan can stay at home to provide full time care for Alison and keep her as strong as possible for the road ahead.
You can continue to follow Alison's progress on Logan's blog at:
Thank you all again for all your support and Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and all the kids who are lucky enough to have them.

Posted on February 26, 2016

Posted on February 26, 2016

It has been awhile since my last update. Alison recently left the hospital again. She has finished radiation but has continued to struggle. We are hoping that her mental state will improve the further we are out from the end of radiation treatment. Alison's tumor has shrunk but is still there so treatment will continue when she is able to do so. Alison's high school classmates have generously organized a fundraiser for her this Sunday. For anyone interested in attending, the information is as follows:

Bradley Gardens Firehouse
24 Old York Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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