Support for Lindsay Carlsten McGrath and Family

For: Lindsay Carlsten McGrath
Organizer: Lindsay's Jumpers
Support for Lindsay Carlsten McGrath and Family (Lindsay Carlsten McGrath)
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The Story

For those of you that are following Lindsay’s posts, you are aware that the last few months have brought new challenges and trials. Lindsay’s words capture her strength and indescribable spirit but there aren’t words to truly describe the day-to-day struggle of life with cancer. If you are just learning about her battle, Lindsay was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2006. After successful treatment, she lived in remission for almost a decade. During which time, her and Jared became parents to Piper and Laney, pursued careers and settled in Duxbury, MA. In 2015, 6 weeks after their son, Levi was born, an annual, routine ultrasound found a 2 CM lesion on her liver.  Since then, the cancer has spread to her spine and Lindsay’s primary focus now is to keep the cancer stable and prevent it from spreading elsewhere.  After 2 years of battling this horrible disease with numerous surgeries, infusions and radiation, the McGraths are now having to travel to England for a treatment that may not be available in the US until 2019 (it is currently in a US trial that she is excluded from due to her bone mets). Standard chemotherapies have not proven to be effective in treatment of metastatic ocular melanoma and as of today, there is no cure. Yet, Lindsay does not let this define her despite the lifelong battle she faces in navigating the physically and mentally exhausting experimental trials and treatments that come along with stage IV cancer. Each week brings a new set of protocols, oncology appointments, scans, medications, infusions and often debilitating side effects. 

We watch her and Jared approach every obstacle with superhuman strength and the, often stubborn, resolve to not burden friends as they juggle two careers and three stages of childcare for Piper, Laney and Levi. There isn’t a one-size childcare solution for toddler, preschool and elementary school aged children and without family support nearby, it is difficult to manage. As resistant and reluctant as the McGrath’s are to accepting help, we have finally (partially) convinced them to let our close knit village of family and friends lend a helping hand.

So, for the many of you that have been asking, “How can I help?” We graciously ask you join us in spreading some much needed support by donating here.

Thank you kindly and with love,

Friends of the McGrath Family

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 30, 2017

Posted on August 30, 2017

Just back from round one in England.  It was not a pleasant treatment, but I am grateful I was able to get it done sooner rather than later.  I will have to go back for a minimum of 2 more treatments before we make a serious assessment on whether the results are worth the stress of this treatment.  The doctor there was pretty optimistic about the results of this treatment stating that prior to Delcath, there really were not any good options for metastatic OM patients. He said, in his experience, Delcath has gotten results in almost every patient, with the key factor being the amount of cancer on the liver. Those who get the treatment done before too much liver involvement respond far better than those who wait too long.  For this, I am grateful for all of you. I was able to get the appointment set up and on the operating table within 3 weeks of making my decision to go forward with this treatment.  There is no doubt I have a lot on my plate right now, but you all joined together and took a lot off of my shoulders and that is invaluable to me.  I will send off another update once I have scans and more information.  Lots of Love, Lindsay

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