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.
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.