Help sweet 5 year old Greta fight cancer.

For: Greta Loewen & family (Heather Munro & Tim Loewen)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Organizer: Karly Stones & Sharene Zemanek
$71,301
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 643 donors
71% Complete
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The Story

Little Greta has been diagnosed with spinal sarcoma in mid December. She is just five years old and has a big challenge ahead of her.

As her parents need more than anything to be with her throughout her chemotherapy and treatment, their income will be deeply affected.

Please give what you can to help this family be able to focus on their sweet little girl and not have to worry about how they will cover basic and extra expenses during this difficult time. They will likely be unable to work this year as Greta goes through treatment. Any amount helps!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on Greta's Team's facebook page on Feb 4th, 2016

"Chemo-un-fair-a-pee"

As Greta was explaining to me today why she's said chemo-what-a-pee, I finally got it, just how much she really gets this...

"I said Chemo-what-a-pee because I thought you said Chemo-FAIR-a-pee and I didn't understand... I didn't think it was fair."

(Greta has a bit of a childhood lisp, and still gets some sounds mixed up, "th" and "f" sound the same... hence the "fair" and "ther" sounding the same when she tried to repeat the word back to me when we first told her about her cancer and her treatment).

Her comment hit me like a ton of bricks, I felt warm tears, and a chest full of hard-learned understanding.

Learning this big new word for the first time last year, at the tender age of 5, while most of her friends were in kindergarten, learning the alphabet, singing action songs, I would agree, was far from fair.

Greta said this to me with a smile. She's not mad, she says it wasn't too bad (the chemo), but yes, you're right Greta, chemotherapy and cancer (for kids or for anyone) just isn't fair.

Greta knows that mommy is working hard to help find, fund, and advocate for better treatments that don't make kids so sick. She tells me she wants to have a lemonade stand or sell some rainbow loom bracelets or something (maybe even walk across Abbotsford) to make some money to help kids with cancer have more fun, play more music, have more comfortable beds, and have medicine that doesn't burn them or make them puke. Wow. All that from the mouth of my 6 year old. And she knows.

(I have to also mention that whenever Greta mentions making money for a cause, she always mentions feeding and housing the homeless, and kids with cancer).

We've learned so much this year.

Today, on world cancer day, consider a world with no barriers to cancer care, "cancer without borders." Consider us all working together to help these kids and families and loved ones with cancers get the newest and most recent treatments. For the good of us all, for the lives of these kids, please let's find some treatments that are fair.

Please help me support and advocate for research and trials into non-toxic or targeted therapies. Newer, more novel approaches are needed for children, to protect their growing bodies. These same treatments will be an improvement for adults as well.

Greta does not know the long term, or the bigger risks of all the toxic chemotherapy and radiation she's had. She doesn't know that she won't be able to have children, or that the treatment itself causes cancer at a rate of 1/5, none of that matters yet, because for now, we are simply buying short term time. Greta simply knows that she felt sick, and that her skin burned to the point of blistering, and scarring. And that, in itself, is a reason for change.

Please speak up for kids with cancer, speak up for research for these kids, tell everyone you know that you care, and one day we will do it. We will have a fair plan for those with cancer.

Every child has a dream. Greta's is one for cancer treatments that are fair. (Ones that work better and hurt less, we've lost too many dear friends this year).

Currently childhood cancer is drastically underfunded and passed off as rare. We need to stop calling it rare, as it's the #1 killer of our kids here in Canada.... and that is so far from fair.

If you want to make things a bit more fair for kids with cancer, please help fund research specific to children, ask me how.

If you'd like to help join an advocacy group, for fairer, newer treatments for our kids (and the adults too, we all benefit) please let me know. A fairer tomorrow starts today.

Special thanks to Sam Chua : Image Creator for capturing this photo of our fair-y loving child.

❤️


Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 23, 2017 on Greta's Team


Beautiful day on Galiano. ❤️

Greta has had many difficulties in the last few months, and she has a big scan next week and the week after, first a PET CT (full body), then followed by an MRI.

We are filling our last few days before the scan with as much sunshine and joy as we can (even if it's raining or snowing). Our friends have given us a lovely spot to stay.

Thankful for these precious days together and hoping beyond belief for only good news next week.

When the scans are over we are preparing to travel to Germany for immune therapies.

Thankful for today. It was such a beautiful BC day.


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Posted on December 16, 2016

Posted on December 16, 2016

Written by Heather on December 14, 2016

We want to work with our oncologist, a good naturopath locally (who works with cancer patients), get some tests available in the US, and get help available in Germany, to give Greta the best possible chance of staying healthy and cancer-free for as long as possible - forever, we hope!

Our best bet is avoiding or preventing a relapse (she is at high risk of relapse), because if it comes back there aren't really options, only long shots that aren't available here.



We really believe Greta is someone who wants to live life to its fullest. We really do believe God's LOVE put her in our arms to help her with this. And we really do believe that even if we do all of this, and still can't save Greta, all the steps we make will hopefully help other kids in the future who will deal with this too. It helps our hearts to know we are doing everything we can, and helps us to think that this might help others too. We really do believe we will all make a difference, and we really do believe if we all work together we can help more kids find a cure.

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