Help Corinne Beat Cancer

For: Corinne Atwood
Organizer: Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
$2,565
of $5,000 goal
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The Story

She was just diagnosed with stage four cancer: a rare, aggressive nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' is typically found in young children. The cancer starts in the kidney. She needs love, prayers, and support from family, friends, and anyone willing to help this incredible young woman. She is so loved and needed by everyone she knows. 

Your donations will be used for her medical expenses. 
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"Corinne is strong-willed, but soft spoken, intelligent and thoughtful. She's always happy to brighten your day even if she's having a bad one. She loves to laugh and will get trapped in hilarious fits of laughter. We're so close. We tell each other everything...I have the most amazing sister in the world. She's been my best friend for 19 years, and she's going to kick cancer's butt!" -Allison Atwood, Corinne's sister & best friend

Corinne is just that: full of life, happy, fun, intelligent, vivacious, spirited, and hilarious. She has grand dreams and an incredible passion for life. She's been studying and performing on cello for eight years. Corinne's passion for dance started when she was just three; Jazz and hip hop rapidly became her favorites, and she continued dancing for 15 years. Don't dare to challenge her at "Just Dance." She can beat anyone. 

Corinne is a soon to be sophomore at the University of Toledo majoring in public relations. She loves New York City and all things Anderson Cooper. She'd love to meet Anderson, but we're all pretty sure she would win his job in a heartbeat. (And we'd be okay with that!) She's driven and talented; she can and will do anything she chooses to do.  


We are hoping to raise the funds to help her with medical expenses and travel expenses related to her medical care. 

If you prefer to donate directly by check, please email Corinne's mom, Cathi, her cousin, Grace, or her sister, Allison, at corinnesjourney@gmail.com for more information. 


Thank you for your support! 

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

On March 10th Corinne had her last chemo and rang the chemo bell! On March 24, Corinne's 20th birthday, she had her latest scan which showed no evidence of disease for the first time! We are ecstatic that there are no signs of cancer, but there is still a long way to go. Corinne suffered multiple compression fractures in her back as a result of the radiation and chemo weakening her bones. She is attending physical therapy in hopes to help her back heal and to regain strength. She is also still dealing dealing with nausea. Corinne's spirits remain high, as always! 

Thank you for your continued support through this process! 10 months ago when she was first diagnosed was the most terrifying experience of our lives. We have come so far with your help and the help of the medical teams at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The James Cancer Hospital at OSU. 


Posted on January 18, 2014 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

On January 6th Corinne had a CT scan done at Children's Hospital to make sure the chemo is still working. Her doctors weren't able to see any cancerous spots on her liver or in her lymph system! There were still spots on her lungs, but they had not grown since her last CT scan. Since they have remained unchanged they may be scars from an infection. We are not planning on doing a biopsy, but instead are keeping a close eye on them. Her doctor has decreased the amount of chemo she will receive, but she still has 4-5 more rounds before her protocol is finished. We are very excited about this news, but are very cautious about celebrating too soon. 

Corinne has been dealing with persistent and sometimes debilitating back pain as a result of her surgery in September. This has been very hard because she cannot exercise, go on walks, or dance like she used to. In-patient physical therapy has not helped, but we have an out-patient appointment scheduled after her next round of chemo. 

The last 6 months have been unbelievably stressful and hectic and we are very grateful to be connected with so many caring people. Thank you for sending your prayers, well wishes and donations. We appreciate you so much! Don't forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter for the lastest updates! 


Posted on December 15, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Corinne finished radiation. It was tougher than we thought. She was very tired and nausiated during the few weeks, but now that it has been over for a couple of weeks she is feeling better. Corinne has enormous back pain as a result of removing her kidney. She is trying physical therapy and uses a cane to stand up. Chemotherapy was delayed for a week because she went into sepsis 2 weeks ago. Luckily we got to the hospital just in time to give her antibiotics and keep her out of the ICU. She is finishing her antibiotics today and will hopefully be able to move forward with chemo later this week. Her blood clot from a few months ago is completely cleared and we are so happy about that. She was also having headaches so the doctors chose to do an MRI on her brain. They found no bleeding or cancer in her brain! The headaches were probably a result of chemotherapy.
We still have a long way to go until chemo is finished. Thank you for your support and staying updated!

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

Radiation will begin in the next few weeks now that Corinne's tumor and kidney have been removed. If you would like to purchase a yellow Team Corinne wristband, they are $5 each and available in adult and youth sizes. All proceeds go to help Corinne pay for her medical expenses. Just email us at corinnesjourney@gmail.com for more details! 

Thanks for your continued love and support! 


Posted on September 20, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood

Haven't purchased a Team Corinne t-shirt yet and still want one?! Email us at corinnesjourney@gmail.com or Team Corinne's facebook page: facebook.com/HelpCorinneBeatCancer, and tell us know you're interested in a shirt! Shirts are $20 each and will help with Corinne's medical expenses. 

Thanks for your continued support! 

#TeamCorinne 

(T-Shirts are pictured in the photo album on this page.) 


Posted on September 8, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
The radiologist told us that they will not start radiation until her left kidney is removed. We are waiting until Corinne's blood clot is gone to remove her kidney. Let's hope that her counts are high enough to start her 4th round of chemo on Tuesday so we can keep this treatment plan moving! 

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
We have the best update yet! Our primary diagnosis of desmoplastic small round cell sarcoma is most likely incorrect. After further testing it is now known that Corinne probably does not have DSRCT, but rather a cancer called nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' starts in the kidney and is still rare, but much more common than DSRCT. It is also more treatable and has a much greater prognosis. Corinne still has stage IV cancer, but we are overjoyed with this news. After a 3 week interruption due to this news and the blood clot she will begin chemo again today.

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
We have the best update yet! Our primary diagnosis of desmoplastic small round cell sarcoma is most likely incorrect. After further testing it is now known that Corinne probably does not have DSRCT, but rather a cancer called nephroblastoma, more commonly known as "Wilms' tumor." Wilms' starts in the kidney and is still rare, but much more common than DSRCT. It is also more treatable and has a much greater prognosis. Corinne still has stage IV cancer, but we are overjoyed with this news. After a 3 week interruption due to this news and the blood clot she will begin chemo again today.

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Last night Corinne's fever was 100.8. When it reaches 100.4 we have to take her to the emergency room. After 8 hours in the ER she had a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia because she has been coughing so much. Her temperature is down and she has finally been admitted. Now we can get some rest!

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Cathi Maxwell-Atwood, Grace Maxwell Porter, Allison Atwood
Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, or DSRCT, is a very rare and aggressive type of sarcoma. Luckily we have a an aggressive tool on our side! After 4-5 more rounds of chemotherapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital Corinne will travel back to Houston, TX to visit MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she will undergo a surgery that can last 12-24 hours. The surgeon will first remove every tumor in Corinne's abdominal wall and organs. Now, after all removable tumors are gone, comes our not-so-secret weapon: Hypothermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC.

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