Help Charli Carpenter kick cancer to the curb!

For: Charli Carpenter
Amherst, MA
Organizer: Elle Carpenter-Hockett
Help Charli Carpenter kick cancer to the curb! (Charli Carpenter)
$12,170
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 163 donors
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The Story

About a month ago, my sister Charli Carpenter was taken to the hospital for severe abdominal pain.  Without having a concrete diagnosis, the doctors decided to act first and remove a mass that was blocking her intestine and causing her so much pain.  Their plan was to send it to the lab to find out exactly what was going on.  The cause of the obstruction turned out to be a tumor the size of an orange.

A week after her initial surgery, Charli was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a systemic cancer of the immune system.  This means that even if they got the whole tumor out, she must go through an intensive six month regimen of chemotherapy.  That’s the only way they will be able to make sure that it’s gone completely.

So we (her family and friends) will embark on this challenging journey with her.  Her type of chemo is going to be one of the most aggressive and therefore one of the hardest kinds to deal with.  She may be a bit of a mess over the next few months, which is why we need to be there for her.  

The great news is that her odds are extremely good: 97% success rate of this treatment for Burkitt's for Charli’s demographic!  Unfortunately if the treatment fails, she will only have a few months to live.  So this very aggressive treatment is really the only option, and fortunately Charli has access to the best, fastest treatment.  The downside is that it is very expensive.

Charli is being very strong and staying extremely positive.  She is excited that she is being treated at a research hospital, and will get to be part of clinical trials at Mass General.  That she will be benefiting science means a great deal to her, since she’s a political scientist herself.  

For those of us who know her, we know how much of a fighter Charli is.  And the truth is, no one should have to go through this fight alone.  As a single mom, we don’t want her to feel overwhelmed with these new (and steep) medical payments.  Please consider donating even a small amount to cover Charli's cancer treatment related costs.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 30, 2017

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Posted on November 30, 2017

FROM CHARLI:

Friends, I cannot describe how touched I am by the generosity and support on this page! Thank you so much for your prayers and donations. The great news is I have now completed three rounds of chemotherapy, my side effects are being minimized and my prognosis is excellent! I'm nearing the halfway mark and expect to make a full recovery in the New Year! Thanks so much for being part of this community.

Love, Charli


Posted on November 14, 2017

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Posted on November 14, 2017

UPDATE FROM CHARLI:

Hi everybody, I'm on Day 4 of being home this round and feeling pretty good compared to last time! Fatigue comes and goes, but at least the nausea and headaches are at bay. This round at the hospital was far easier than last, and I'm told my week at home should be easier too this round. I'll be at home until Monday the 20th, when I check back in for round three of chemo. 

The hardest thing this week is missing out on seeing all the children and babies in my world! The doctors say especially for kids in school or daycare I should minimize contact to avoid risk of any germs as my immune system is weakest in between chemo rounds and the slightest fever could send me to the ER. I get it, but this is very sad to me and I miss your children  

Just a note of THANKS to my colleagues, some local to me, and some of whom are literally flying in from as far away as Minneapolis, Portland or even London, to cover classes for me this term. So far my Rules of War and IR Pro-seminar students have been treated to amazing guest lectures!!  Thanks so much everybody for helping my students get some lemonade out of my cancer lemons! I feel so supported by all of you. 

-Charli


Posted on November 8, 2017

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Posted on November 8, 2017

UPDATE FROM CHARLI: 

I checked back into MGH this morning after spending four days at home following my first round of treatment.   Thanks to a team of amazing friends and neighbors who helped with medicine, delicious meals, grocery runs, and generally keeping me company even when I wasn’t at my best. Thanks also to my amazing children who took such good care of me the last few days! I feel I truly have a village around me and it's a wonderful feeling! Thanks in advance to everyone waiting in the wings to be of support during the next cycle. It was truly good to be home, though chemo recovery is definitely harder than I thought.  I'm back at MGH now for a few days, then home for a week or so until my next round of chemo begins.

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