Be an Elephant for Alison! Join Us in Her Healing Herd.

For: Alison Reburn
Organizer: BabyFit October 2007 Mommies
Be an Elephant for Alison!  Join Us in Her Healing Herd. (Alison Reburn)
of $10,000 goal
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Raised by 160 donors

The Story

Alison is an amazing mother of two beautiful young children.  She is a passionate ambassador for the health and happiness of her friends, family, and herself.  She is thoughtful, generous, and selfless.  And as if that’s not enough, she is also a breast cancer survivor.  She kicked stage 3C breast cancer in its teeth in less than a year.  During her battle with breast cancer in 2012, the elephant became her symbol of courage and strength.  When she was pronounced cancer-free in September 2012, we all hoped that her elephant would never have to do battle again.  Unfortunately, the cancer has now returned, and has been found widespread in her bones.  The doctors say it's treatable, but not curable.  We say it's both.  We know Alison.  We are her herd. 

We are humbly asking for donations on her behalf.  The money raised will be put toward medical expenses, associated travel expenses, healthy whole foods to fuel her fight, and maybe even a few priceless memories for the family along the way.  Additionally, the family's century-old home has a potential mold problem and is in desperate need of a new roof.  Some of the money raised will be used to correct these issues and provide the best possible environment for Alison's recovery.  But this is not only a fund raiser.  It is also a hope raiser.  Therefore, we accept donations of any kind: money, prayers, positive thoughts, and healing energy.  You can also help spread the word by using the social media buttons at right.  So even if you have no money to spare for Alison and her family at the moment, perhaps you can give in some other way.  

Alison has a rough battle ahead of her.  The odds may not be in her favor, but we stand beside her in strength and solidarity.  She will not fight alone.  Join us in her herd, and help us imbue her with the strength of a million elephants.

**  Be sure to check the Updates tab above for the latest on Alison's treatment progress! **

Alison and her amazing husband, Ben, live in a small town in Minnesota with their two small children.  Ben is an IT specialist in the local school system.  Max is 6 years old, and a fantastic big brother to sweet and clever Ayla, who is almost 4.  Money donated is deposited directly into Ben and Alison's PayPal account, and YouCaring charges no fees or surcharges on the amount raised.  Thank you so much for your visit!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 20, 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016

The world lost a beautiful soul this morning. Alison is no longer in pain, and can finally rest. Thank you all SO VERY MUCH for your prayers, support, and well-wishes for our dear friend. Alison was truly one of the most generous, selfless, and considerate people I have ever met. As much as we will miss her, our grief cannot compare to what her husband and two young children must be feeling right now. While Alison’s battle is over, in many ways, her family’s struggle has just intensified. Please continue to give what you can to help ease financial concerns so Ben and the kids can focus on the emotional work at hand. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they learn to navigate this world without her.

Posted on May 16, 2016

Posted on May 16, 2016

The most recent updates on Alison’s health are not good. Cancer has now been found in her heart and most recently in her brain, and still remains in the previously known metastasis sites of her bones, liver, and lungs.   Her liver and kidneys are failing.   Alison is considering radiation for her brain metastasis, as her liver can no longer handle chemotherapy. The side effects from all of this are often miserable, but she is managing it with strength and grace, as anyone who knows Alison might expect.

What can we do for her? What can we do for her family? We can send them our love and our prayers for Alison’s comfort, clarity, and peace. We can give what we can spare financially to help ease the burden of travel expenses and healthy food, allowing Alison to spend more quality time with her family making memories. We can show them they are not walking this difficult road alone.

Alison sends out her love and gratitude to her devoted Herd.   Now it’s time to circle around our girl once more, including support to her devoted husband Ben and their two sweet kiddos, Max and Ayla. Let’s remind them that Alison’s Herd walks behind them, every step of this difficult path, ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed.

Posted on January 22, 2016

Posted on January 22, 2016

In the last update, Alison was starting new hormone therapy and chemo for the cancer that had returned to her bones. Those treatments held the cancer back for a while, but never worked quite as well as the treatments in 2014. 

Now, in cancer’s despicable style, it has spread once again. Alison was told last week that her cancer has returned throughout her bones, and has now also invaded her liver and lungs. This is bad news, but not insurmountable, since this cancer is still treatable. Alison and her family, though understandably weary, stand ready to face these new metastases head on. She started a new round of chemotherapy on Tuesday of this week. So far, she is feeling okay, despite fatigue and continued pain from her bone involvement. The plan right now is three weeks of chemo and one week off for as long as it works, with no set end date at this point. She will also receive radiation treatments sometime in the coming weeks.

What does this mean for us, her loving Herd? Well, for Alison and her family, it means regular trips to Rochester for treatments and checkups. It means stress and worry for Ben, their two young kiddos, and the rest of the Alison’s family. It means time off of work for Ben, medical bills, gas money, childcare assistance, and the list goes on and on. THIS is where we, her Herd, come in. It’s time to rally once again around Alison and her family to reinforce their own strength during this tough time.   We are once again asking for donations on their behalf. Help us ease the financial burden this disease has caused so that they can focus on Alison’s recovery. Every single dollar is a blessing, so please give what you can—no amount is too small! And whether or not you are able to give anything right now, prayers and positive thoughts are ALWAYS appreciated! Thank you for checking in and for your continued support! We love Alison’s Herd!

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