Ann's Liver for Life Fund

For: Ann Noble
Organizer: Rikki Ducharme
$29,583
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 165 donors
29% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Mom required a blood transfusion when my brother was born premature in 1976.  The blood was tainted with Hepatitis C, a virus that slowly attacks the liver.  She was not alone - in fact an estimated 30,000 other Canadians became victims to the same issue.  Since that time Mom has struggled with her health and despite trying many different treatments they have all come to no avail.  Hepatitis C has continued to cause irreparable damage and this past August an MRI revealed a suspected cancerous tumor in the upper lobe of her liver.

Imagine being told, "There is nothing we can do."
Sadly that was the message Mom's doctor in Edmonton delivered to her.  From that moment not only would they not attempt a biopsy on the tumor but she was also removed from the Canadian liver donor list and recommended for palliative care.  I cannot express to you how devastating this news was to all of us...all except for Mom, who remains the most positive force in our family.  She knew that it was not her time to give up but rather fight even harder to overcome this "minor" setback. 
At the South West Oncology Center and the Grado Radiation Center of Excellence in Phoenix, Arizona she found support and most importantly a hope for treatment.  Almost immediatly they performed a biopsy on the tumor and learned that it was a slow growing type of cancer and that there were indeed treatment options!  Unfortunatley, due to its placement removal of the cancer requires removal of Mom's entire liver.  As it turned out she also discovered that her liver is only functioning at 13% capacity - an inadequacy that by itself requires a transplant!

Our goal is clear - ensure Mom gets the expert medical treatment she so desperately requires.  Please give to Ann's Liver for Life Fund!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 2, 2014

Posted on May 2, 2014

It has been a long time since an update on mom.  I am happy to say that the therapy that mom received in Phoenix was very successful.  The tumour in moms liver was just about 8 cm big.  The doctor was hoping to shrink it to at least 5 cm.  He is ecstatic as it is now at 3.8 cm.   This was no small feat as mom has Hepetitis C and cirrhosis of the liver.   She will be coming home soon, with a new plan of action.  Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported mom over the last 6 months.  We couldn't be happier with the results.

Posted on January 9, 2014

Posted on January 9, 2014

Some really great news: The TomoTherapy has been very successful.  The tumor in mom's liver measured at 7.8 cm when they started.  It now measures around 6 cm!  To ensure that cancer cannot spread the team likes to see a tumor at about 5 cm - a goal they are certain they can attain with mom.  Mom will finish up this round of therapy and will be home by mid to late January.   

Posted on January 6, 2014

Posted on January 6, 2014

Mom and dad will be leaving today to go back for more treatment.  Christmas was busy, but fantastic, and went by too quickly.  In the weeks ahead mom will find out what the tumor measures.  It has shrunk, however they don't know by how much.  Mom will continue with TomoTherapy and after another 14 rounds she will come home for about three months.  We are working on transplant options and still hold hope that the Canadian health system will put mom back on the liver transplant list and change her health record status.  Mom is still extremely positive and it has everything to do with the support her has received so far. 

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