Claire's fight begins....

For: Lisa, Claire, Euan & Charlie
West Linn, OR
Organizer: alison lubo
Claire's fight begins.... (Lisa, Claire, Euan & Charlie)
$14,613
of $50,000 goal
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Raised by 141 donors

The Story

Claire Currie is a beautiful spunky 3 year old who was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor (glioma) on 9/28/17. She is loved and cared for by her parents Lisa Mahlum and Euan Currie. 

Lisa wanted me to share this message: “Some of you may already be aware that my perfect little 3 year old daughter Claire has been recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We are obviously devastated but are taking things one day at a time. This week, Claire will be starting a grueling year of chemotherapy, and although it is unsure if she will respond, we are going to do everything we can to beat this monster, but to also keep her comfortable.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Claire is a gift to us, and this grief is not for her as she remains happy and joyful. Just as a toddler should be. 

I am so grateful and appreciative for everything you all have already done to help support me and my family. Please remember, never take one single day for granted and love your family and friends because things can change in a blink of an eye.”


For those in the veterinary community, Lisa Mahlum is a well-known and respected critical care specialist.  Outside of work, she is a dear friend to me, and those who know her would agree she is an unbelievably strong woman who always puts her family and friends before herself. 

With Claire’s illness, Lisa now needs to step back to focus on her family more than ever.  I am asking for everyone to consider making a donation to help with the financial burdens during this difficult time for Claire and her family.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 15, 2017

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Posted on December 15, 2017

Season’s Greetings to you all. 

Claire is nine treatments into her chemotherapy protocol and things are going incredibly well. Much better than anyone anticipated. To date she’s still showing none of the common side-effects expected from the treatment. Her appetite is good, she’s sleeping well, and, knock on wood, she’s still managing to fight off the colds and the sicknesses that are going around at the moment.

The most exciting news came from an MRI on Tuesday this week. The scan showed that two months into treatment her tumor has reduced in size by about 10%. Initially measuring 5cm, it’s now 4.5cm. There is no inflammation and her ventricles have returned to normal which means she no-longer has hydrocephalus. It’s a gift we’re so grateful to have received.

With the help and support you have given us, and the work of the wonderful staff at Doernbecher, our little girl is fighting and winning. We have more appreciation and gratitude than we could ever put into words.

Claire is excited to become a big sister for the first time. Lisa is due to give birth to Eleanor, our second child, next week. It’s an amazing time for our family and we are eternally grateful for everything you have done to help us. As we continue with treatment and hopefully more positive progress in her fight again cancer, we’re optimistic and excited for Claire’s future.

Please accept our very best wishes for you and your loved ones this holiday season, and a happy and healthy 2018.

Thank you all so much.

Euan, Lisa, Claire and Eleanor. 


Posted on October 28, 2017

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Posted on October 28, 2017

Claire has been through a lot in the last 3 weeks.  Two MRIs, a brain biopsy, a chemo port placement and now 2 weeks of chemotherapy.  Although the day following her treatment is a bit rough, overall, she's doing quite well.

I recently read somewhere that children as young as 4 years of age understand death and dying.  How does one explain this to a 3 year old? We talk a lot of about being brave together.  We say "I love you" to each other every chance we get.  We give lots of hugs and kisses.  I quote a dear friend of mine in saying that time is now fractured into two distinct eras. BT (before tumor) and AT (after tumor).  It has to be split because there has been a seismic shift. A rift.  A natural disaster that has changed reality permanently.  That said, we have decided to not make death a reality for Claire.  She knows there will be many owies and that her hair will fall out and that she needs to go to the doctors every week, but all in an effort to make her better.

Given how medical insurance coverage is nowadays, as you can imagine, the bills are adding up.  I want everyone to know that the money donated to my family is all going towards saving Claire's life.  You will all have a part in keeping Claire and her spirit alive in this world.

Thank you. 


Posted on October 13, 2017

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Posted on October 13, 2017

Claire is a trooper.  We've had some ups and downs since her brain biopsy last week but overall we're all hanging in there.  Her chemotherapy has been delayed a week but we are hopeful to have her first dose administered on Monday.  Thank you to everyone who has been thinking about her and our family.  I am truly in awe of the support and kind words.  We have some pretty amazing people in our lives.  I am so appreciative of everything.  More updates to come!

XOXO

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