Amanda Catano's Medical Expense Fundraiser

For: Amanda Catano
Organizer: Catano Family
Amanda Catano's Medical Expense Fundraiser (Amanda Catano)
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

Posted on December 13, 2012

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, [email protected] and we can see what is going on.

Much love,


An article by my dad:

Posted on December 7, 2012

Posted on December 7, 2012

Amanda finished her last day of radiation today; she has been walker free! Check out the new picture!

Posted on November 30, 2012

Posted on November 30, 2012

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.

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