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 May 26, 2017

Posted on May 26, 2017

The below message is from Logan:

Alison passed away earlier this week.

It was peaceful and she was held until the end by her mother.

There will be no funeral, wake, or ceremony for Alison. Her family and I, will remember her in our own way. Alison would not have wanted anything.

Of course we are crushed. We had hoped she'd be an exception to this horrifying cancer. But now she rests.

My blog will memorialize Alison, as it has throughout our relationship. 

A donation in lieu of cards or flowers would be greatly appreciated. All funds will go to raising Nathan.

Posted on May 10, 2017

Posted on May 10, 2017

Alison has taken a turn for the worse the last two weeks. She's been sleeping all day and night. 

Should the worst happen, we just want everyone to know that these funds will be used to raise her son, Nate, which is what she would have wanted. Logan has not worked since October 2015 and will most likely need time to figure out how to be a single-parent to Nate and these funds will continue to help them.

This is what she would have wanted. We will keep you all updated. 

Thank you all for caring about them.

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.

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