Hope for Sunday Dennis

For: Medical Expenses for Sunday Dennis
Courtenay, BC, Canada
Organizer: Jason Mcmahon
$258,104
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 1930 donors
86% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Link to facebook page Love and Bright Light for Sunday Dennis: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-and-Bright-Light-for-Sunday-Dennis/510613112411830


Sunday was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor on December 31st 2014 that required immediate medical attention and surgery.

It is confirmed that she has a high grade Gleoma, a fast growing, aggressive form of brain cancer otherwise known as Gleoblastoma. 


There are very limited resources in Canada for treating such tumors. However, she and her family were presented with an incredible opportunity to have treatment in the US and be part of a funded cancer treatment trial at UCLA that offers her the best hope for a positive outcome.

However, in order to access this free trial opportunity she will also need to have her surgery in the US. The costs are significant. The surgery alone was $160,000 CAN

"We are asking for everyone and anyones help to make it possible for Sunday to be part of this trial and for our family to be with her and support her.  We need to raise funds to help pay for the cost of surgery, anesthesiologist, pre and post op care and hospital fees. 

But this is just the beginning of the expenses we will be facing. Sunday will also be facing months of chemo and radiation and will require care. If you have money or anyone that you know has money, I am asking for donations to be made for Sundays care.  

This is my wifes life and the momma or our 3 children, so I am not afraid to ask.  Please help us in any way that you can. Know that any contributions made will help save Sundays life."

~Jason

Time is of the essense friends.

Right now our goal is to raise $300,000 for our friends. The response to date has been truly incredible and her story has touched friends, family, neighbours and complete strangers! Together we raised the first $160,000 to cover her surgery in just 7 days.

There have also been significant fundraising events in the Comox Valley and on Quadra Island and an online auction with more planned. We can do this.

Sunday and Jason are amazing loving and open hearted people, parents of 3 children and active members of the local business and arts community in the Comox Valley. They are owners of a vibrant small business in Downtown Courtenay (Sock Soiree) and are committed community volunteers (DCBIA, Comox Valley Arts Council, Elevate). Sunday is also a talented singer and songwriter whose music has touched many. We want Sunday to keep making her beautiful music for a long time to come.

This is a very frightening time for Sunday and her family. We are afraid AND we are hopeful.

This campaign is all about supporting this incredible woman and the incredibly difficult choices she and her family are facing. We are reaching out to Sunday and Jason's support network of friends, and fellow business owners, musicians, mountain bikers, and broadest community for support.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 4, 2015

Posted on February 4, 2015

Hi Everyone! We spoke to this weekend and have a little update. He's been a busy guy researching the best oncologist team in B.C. for Sunday. They have found one that works out of Vancouver General Hospital. Sunday, Jason, and Ishan will be arriving in Vancouver next Wednesday, February 4th. They will go straight to appointments where the plan will be devised for her chemo and radiation treatments. They will start treatment the following week and treatment will go for 6 weeks, 5 days a week. We are calling out on their behalf to ask for help with accommodation for them in Vancouver. We are looking for a private, clean, fully furnished, one bedroom suite/apartment with a kitchenette or kitchen, that is close to Vancouver General Hospital. We are hoping to find something for as little money as possible so that the rest of the money raised can help them with their costs going back and forth to LA for the clinical trial over the next three years. Please use social media to spread this through your circles and let's see what we can do! We've been doing some amazing things so far, so we have no doubt we can keep doing it! Yay team!
With so much love and gratitude,
Team Sunday 
PS. Jason said he will be posting in the next few days, with a detailed up date of what's been happening and what will happen from here. They are so appreciative of all that all of you have done!

Posted on January 23, 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015

Hi everybody, Jason here.

It’s been a while since I have posted an update and I cannot believe how much has happened in the past few days.  Sunday is healing from the surgery wonderfully.  She has been up and walking quite a bit.  At first to the corner, then the next day to the corner and back and now today two blocks down to the hospital for a doctors appointment and back!!!  I’m really proud of her and her motivation to not let this bring her down.  This week is filled with lots of post-op  follow up appointments, as well as lots of appointments with doctors, nurses and technicians for blood draws and testing for qualifications for the DC Vacc. clinical study and preparation for chemo and radiation.  In about a week and half they will do the leukapheresis, where they take Sundays blood and extract the white blood cells and then put her blood back into her.  It’s a looped system that takes about 4 hours to complete the process.  Then they use her white blood cells to make her vaccine for the clinical trial.  After that we can return to Canada and start the 6 weeks of low dose chemo and radiation therapy.  This is 5 days a week for 6 weeks then a two week break and they do an MRI.  Based on the results of the MRI this will determine if Sunday still qualifies for this particular clinical study.  If so, then the vaccine injections begin and will continue over the next three years.  

What blows me away is that brain surgery in itself is more than enough, but for us, this is just the first hurdle of this crazy journey we are on.  Some days we feel on top of the world and we got this thing beat and on other days we are terrified of what is going on and the battle that Sunday is fighting.  It breaks my heart everyday to see all this happening to her.  Sweet, sweet Sunday.  She is a princess warrior.  She is, with out a doubt, the most beautiful being and so, so incredibly strong.  She amazes me.  She inspires me.  She shows me so much beauty every day.

I also really want you all to know how much we appreciate everyones support in getting us here.  Your generosity, on every level, opened a door for us that we are so grateful for.  To be here, at UCLA, in the hands of the best neuro-surgeon team and to be a part of this clinical trial.  Dr. Linda Liau met with us after the surgery and showed us the MRI imaging before the surgery and after.  And there is no remaining tumor tissue on the post-op MRI.  We are really happy with the results of this incredible woman’s work.  As we progress, we’ll continue to do everything we can to make sure that Sunday continues to get the best possible treatment available. So thank you so much.

Also, I have come to realize how important it in in having as much information as possible really helps with decision making.  It feels like they want know today but needed the answer yesterday. I know that I have shared this before, but our friend Stephen Westerns has an amazing website on which he provides a wealth of information http://astrocytomaoptions.com.  I share it with you so that you can share it with others.   It’s all so overwhelming and having the information at hand has helped us a lot, and brain tumors seem to be coming more common.  He knows a lot about clinical trials and having the opportunity of being in a clinical trial is pretty amazing. It’s going to be where a cure is found for Sunday and it will contribute to a part of science that is saving and will save hundreds of lives.  And now, we are all a part of it.

Enjoy your day, really try to live in the moment, and hug each other lots, it feels good!

So much love and gratitude,

Jason


Posted on January 17, 2015

Posted on January 17, 2015

Update from Team Sunday:
Hi friends, today we updated this fundraising page and added in all the funds that we have raised so far through our fundraising event last weekend, direct donations into the Trust Account and revenues from the online auction. These funds total approx $80,000. We wanted to be sure to give everyone accurate information about how our fundraising is going and where we are at in relation to our goals.

Magic has been made here. We're not done yet and we are awaiting updates about Sunday's treatment plan and expenses but its really quite remarkable. Stay tuned for updates from Sunday and Jason and the team. Thank you again for being part of this incredible journey.

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