Ally's Fight against Cancer

For: Allyson Beran
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Minh Vo
Ally's Fight against Cancer (Allyson Beran)
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The Story

Dear friends and family,


We are in a battle for Ally’s life against an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer called peritoneal mesothelioma. In January 2017, just four months after Minh and Ally's wedding, Ally learned that she had a four-inch tumor, along with several smaller lesions, that were aggressively growing in the membrane surrounding her abdomen, the peritoneum.


There are only 250 total cases of peritoneal mesothelioma. Most patients are diagnosed in their 70-80s due to prolonged exposure to asbestos. Ally’s diagnosis is extremely rare because she is only 38 years old. The median survival period is one to three years.  It is generally better for those who receive surgery.


After Ally’s diagnosis, her case was immediately reviewed by experts at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).  Her doctors recommended immediate chemotherapy to reduce the size of the smaller lesions.  If successful, Ally would be able to have surgery to remove the larger tumor.


Ally began chemotherapy in mid-February.  The side effects of nausea and pain have caused sleepless nights, weight loss, and multiple trips to the hospital.  Despite the treatments, her prognosis remains uncertain.  If the chemotherapy doesn’t prove effective in the weeks ahead, then Ally’s care team will decide upon an alternative path including innovative treatments that are in clinical trial.


Currently, we are expecting to pursue a clinical trial treatment and surgery for Ally.  As a result, we also anticipate that her medical expenses will increase exponentially since these clinical trial treatments are not covered by insurance.


We covet your financial support for Ally's medical expenses. As you can imagine, these medical expenses have been costly, and will continue to be costly far beyond Minh and Ally's means.


Ultimately, we believe Ally's health and future are in God’s hands. With your love and prayers, we are going to continue this fight against cancer, praying that we will be able to share the gift of life with Ally for many years to come, and that Ally and Minh will be able to share the blessing of marriage till they grow old together.


We cannot thank you enough for the love, prayers, and support we have already received from you on this journey. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 25, 2017

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Posted on September 25, 2017

Ally Vo Celebration of Life will be on October 14, 2017 in Magnolia Park at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center. This will be a formal event. Memorial will start prompt at 1pm. Celebration of Ally's life will follow with accompanying hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Although much appreciated please do not bring flowers. We will toast her life as she would have wanted us to do so. Thank you so much for all your support throughout this year. We are extremely grateful. 

Love and Blessings,

Ally + Vo

Posted on September 2, 2017

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Posted on September 2, 2017

Dear friends and family,

At 8pm on August 30, 2017, Ally breathed her last breath, and is finally at peace, and free of pain and suffering.  Ally is in a better place now. Love her in your hearts and your memories. I am so thankful for her and thankful for all of you.

When Ally was asked by her doctors about the one thing she wished she could do before she passed away, she didn't talk about some specific place to travel, or some other experience. Rather she said that she wished could make a difference in someone's life.  As a way of honoring Ally's life, we invite you to take a moment to remember Ally, and how she has made a difference in your life. 

We plan to have Ally's memorial on October 14, 2017, in Seattle to celebrate her life on the same day that we celebrated our lives together as one. This was one of the happiest days of her life. Details will follow when everything is confirmed.  Thank you so much for all the support that you have provided us along this difficult journey. Ally and I are truly grateful for all of you. Thank you for listening. Cheers!

(This photo was the first picture that Ally and Minh took together)


Posted on August 30, 2017

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Posted on August 30, 2017

Dear family and friends,

It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we share today’s news.

It has only been two weeks since Ally miraculously survived another fatal internal bleeding incident. This was not without consequence. Following her discharge from UWMC Ally experienced an infection. The infection caused a fever and an increase in white blood cells which SCCA treated with antibiotics.

Near the end of her treatment, Ally experienced several acute symptoms: intense abdominal pain, severe weakness, an allergic reaction, and difficulty breathing in the middle of the night. This prompted an immediate visit to the UWMC ER.

After obtaining labs and test results, things took a massive turn for the worse. The ER doctor pulled Minh aside and told him that Ally had sepsis; that is, harmful bacteria and toxins spilling out into her body that was the result of an ulceration.

The severe pain (and sepsis) was determined to be the result of new tumor growth that ulcerated her small intestine. The doctors told Minh that there was nothing that they could do to stop it except to ease her pain in the remaining hours of her life.

Ally has been at UWMC since early morning yesterday surrounded by loved ones. Minh has been right by Ally’s side during her these final hours and was able to sleep next to her, holding her hand throughout the night.

In these final moments we are reminded that this heart wrenching sadness we feel is ultimately the result of the immeasurable love that we feel for Ally.

We are so blessed to have shared the gift of life, friendship, and love with you, Ally. And, we are so proud of you. You fought till the bitter end with hope and strength. And, you touched all of us with your love for life, compassion for others, and strength in the face of the unknown. We will always love you, and you will always remain in our hearts.

Please take this moment to remember Ally as we cherish these remaining hours that we have together. Thank you so much for all your love and support along this journey.

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