Amanda Catano's Medical Expense Fundraiser

For: Amanda Catano
Organizer: Catano Family
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 112 donors
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The Story

Our 32 year-old sister, Amanda, was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Her symptoms began around January when she started training for the Ogden Marathon. She chalked it up to be stress or just from running so much. The symptoms persisted until finally, on September 11th, she went in for a colonoscopy. As luck would have it, doctors found a mass that was almost completely obstructing her colon.

On September 28th, she had surgery to remove the tumor, her appendix, and a portion of her small bowel. In a month, she will have CT scan to determine whether nodules in her lungs are cancer or not (hopefully they're just from the dirty Utah air). She will also begin her treatment of Chemo. Even though she acts like she is tough as nails (because she is) we think this scares her a lot. She has had some very rough days with more to come, but she has been a trooper from the beginning. The only complaint she has is not being able to do things for herself and also does not want to be a burden to anyone. She remains positive, hopeful, and amazing.

Amanda teaches 4th grade at Alianza Academy where she is paid hourly. She has health insurance, but many of you know that medical bills add up even when you are insured. She's missed so much work already and there is a big possibility this may be the case for the next few months. Please help us ease a little of her financial burden.

Much Love,
The Catano Family

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Catano Family
Amanda just couldn't seem to gain weight and was losing quite a bit.  At less then 90 lbs. she needed a little help and ended up getting a feeding tube last week.  Hopefully, this is temporary until her weddding until the 21st.  As of now she hasn't gained any, but hasn't lost either.

She was unable to start her round of chemo yesterday as her white blood cell count was low. She does have a little bit of a fever and just feeling a little under the weather. 

I truly can't thank all of you enough for the generous donations you have all offered.  I love seeing your posts and love for my sister.  I have had a couple people mention that we have reached our goal and asked if more is needed.  Additional donations are always appreciated, but so is your love and support. 

I also had someone say that my name (Naomi Mohr) came up when making a donation.  The donations do go into my paypal account (which Amanda has my password and login to) and then the funds are transfered to her bank account.  I don't know if that is why, but if any of you have had a problem with making the donations or problems with this site, please feel free to contact me, and we can see what is going on.

Much love,


An article by my dad:

Posted on December 7, 2012 by Catano Family
Amanda finished her last day of radiation today; she has been walker free! Check out the new picture!

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Catano Family
Today was a MUCH better "day after chemo" day! Amanda has to go in and get the chemo and sit in the chair for a few hours and then she comes home with a pump. (Autocorrect spelled pimp. Wouldn't that be a treat.) Anyway... she comes home with a pump that continues to pump that crazy chemo in her for 2 days straight.  Last time she was sick as sick could be and even just lifting her poor head off her pillow seemed to take all the strength she could muster.  Different story today, though! She was able to get up and make it to her radiation appointment.  Still nauseous, but doable. Yay for small miracles and better nausea meds! 

Amanda and Jason are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from all you people!! They really are amazing, but truly are humbled and can't seem to grasp why people think they are. 

Keep cheering them on y'all!!

Don't forget, if you have Facebook, go "like" Fighting With Amanda.

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Catano Family
Wowzers!! Where did all of you people come from?!  I can't thank all of you enough for all of your donations and just your amazing words of encouragement and support for my sweet sister! I wish I could hug each of you individually.  Your kindess means the world to her and Jason!! Thank you!!!

Amanda starts her second treatment of chemo today. Cross your fingers she'll have a little better of time this round than 2 weeks ago...

Much love to all of you!!

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Catano Family

Amanda started radiation on her hip on Wednesday. She will do 10 straight days of that and hopefully it will help her pain and get her walking better. At the moment she uses a sweet walker on wheels or her trekking poles. She had some really good days where she looked great and was able to get out of the house.

Amanda told me on Wednesday how excited she was for Thanksgiving this year and she was really looking forward to our family and her fiancé, Jason's family, all getting together. Unfortunately, this damn cancer threw her a curve ball and made her sicker than a dog. She and Jason really tried to get her to my sister, Alisa's, but that effing cancer (pardon my French) wasn't having it.

I hope you all know how thankful I am for all of your prayers, good vibes, words of encouragement, and love you have offered my sister. I know it means a lot to her too.

If you are on Facebook:

Much love, Naomi

Posted on by Catano Family

It's been a while...

Amanda has stage 4 with metastasis to her lymph nodes, lungs, and hip bone.  She started chemo on Tuesday (11/12/2012).

These last couple days have been really rough days. I have heard the stories of chemo, how awful it is and how hard it is. I have seen 2 best friends fight cancer, I wasn't prepared for this side of cancer. I don't have the words to describe what I felt seeing my sister as sick as she was. Knowing how I felt seeing her that way, I can't even begin to imagine what she must have been feeling physically and emotionally as well. I know my sister is a tough gal, but seeing her take on this, this takes some kind of super natural strength in people that is gut wrenching to watch. PLEASE-PLEASE pray for her to have the strength to get through these chemo sessions.

She is having a better day today and was actually able to shower!

Thank you all for loving my sister.

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