In April, our beloved Amy Dressel Knaeble started meeting with her doctor about some unexplained symptoms, including headaches. An MRI showed a tumor in her frontal lobe, which was removed on May 15. But the biopsy results revealed the unthinkable: a Grade IV Glioblastoma.
Brain cancer. Incurable brain cancer.
In his Caring Bridge post (www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyknaeble/journal), Amy’s husband, Sam, shared this heartbreaking news with family and friends: “Amy's neurosurgeon did an excellent job and removed the entire tumor, but this type of tumor is made up of highly aggressive cells that multiply and mutate quickly. They are able to infiltrate and hide in healthy brain tissue, making complete removal impossible. Those factors make this type of tumor incurable, but treatable.”
Treatment will initially include 6 weeks of daily chemotherapy and radiation to limit and slow the growth of new tumors, followed by an MRI to determine next steps.
Amy is only 38. She is too young to have to think about time in terms of months and years instead of decades. Too young to look at her husband of three years and wonder whether there will be more Memorial Day weekends at the cabin.
And yet, Amy is handling her diagnosis with grace and courage. She is still the same awesome Amy--charming, funny, sweet and selfless. As a longtime director at Big Brothers Big Sisters, she has spent her entire career helping others.
And now it is our turn to help her.
Our wish for Amy and Sam is for them to enjoy the time they have together. To travel. To make memories. To not worry about the financial burden of unplanned medical expenses. To make every second count as they continue on this Yellow Brick Road of life.
Please help us give them peace during this unimaginable time.
All funds will go directly to Amy and Sam. Any amount is meaningful and so, so appreciated.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”
-The Wizard of Oz