Help Melanie beat Leukemia for the 4th time!

For: Melanie McCarty
Joplin, MO
Organizer: Jennifer (Boyd) Elfrank
Help Melanie beat Leukemia for the 4th time!  (Melanie McCarty)
of $10,000 goal
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Raised by 54 donors

The Story

This fundraiser is set up to help with medical expenses for Melanie's upcoming treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Melanie received a bone marrow transplant with her mother being her donor on May 22. 2015 at only 25 years of age. The transplant was successful until a tumor was found on her chest, which was a Myeloid Scarcoma. This was treated but the cancer found its way back into her bones on April 18, 2016. The Cancer was again put into remission but has creeped its head back up in the form of another Myeloid Sarcoma on her breast on October 21, 2016. Since the location is very sensitive, radiation cannot be done and Melanie will need additional treatment, either through chemo or Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy seems to be the way the doctors are thinking of proceeding but this treatment has not been FDA approved and could be extremely costly. Any little bit that can be donated would be greatly appreciated! Especially with the new year coming up, Melanie's co-pays, prescriptions, and other expenses will be very costly.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 25, 2017

Posted on April 25, 2017

It saddens immensely me to share this update, and I'm certain it's news no one ever wants to hear. 

Melanie Peitzmeier went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2017 after a courageous battle with leukemia. A memorial celebration of life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 25, 2017 at 2305 S. Jackson in Joplin, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, online memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Melanie and Paul Peitzmeier were married on February 26, 2017; he survives of the home in Joplin.

Surviving family members also include Stephen and Susan McCarty, Amanda McCarty (sister), best friend/sister Chastity Messer and her grandparents Lawrence and Geroldine McDermott, all of New Jersey. Melanie was a hero to her family and friends.

See The Joplin Globe post here and share your memories of Melanie in the online guestbook:

Posted on February 24, 2017


Posted on February 24, 2017

Countdown to #mrandmrscyberpitz!

On Sunday, Melanie and Paul say 'I do!' Help them celebrate, near or far, through their wedding website:

We'll make sure to share photos of the big day after Sunday!

Also, a local news station has done a great job covering this story. See the video here:

Feel free to share Melanie and Paul's love story! 

Posted on January 26, 2017


Posted on January 26, 2017

Whirlwind Week
A lot has happened for Melanie in the past week! First, she was discharged from the hospital and got to enjoy spending several days at home with Paul, her mom, and of course was reunited with Yuna! Little Ms. Yuna is now a emotional support dog for Melanie, which means that she gets to go where Melanie goes now! No more being separated. 

Big thanks to Mel and Paul's local friends that were able to gather on Saturday, 1/22/17, and enjoy some time together. 

Back to KC
After resting in her own bed, she headed back up to KC this week. On Wednesday, Mel had a PET scan to investigate several lumps under her skin. She described them like little balls that you couldn't see, but could feel. The scan revealed that they are cancerous, however her care team thinks that using Ipilimumabwill treat the lumps and get them out of her system. Mel started that treatment and received blood yesterday, 1/25/17. She also did another bone marrow biopsy to see how things are going in her bones.

In the mean time, Melanie is in a lot of pain. She said that her hip and knee joints are bothering her very much. She and Paul are staying at the Hope Lodge during the Ipilimumab treatment, and they plan to go home for awhile on Friday.

The Good News...
If the Ipilimumab is successful and if the biopsy results are relatively good, then they will likely proceed with preparing for a transplant from the match identified from the bone marrow donation registry. (Find out more details about how to get on the list here.) 

Mel should be getting her bone marrow results later this week or early next week. 

What Can You Do?
  • Educate yourself and others about blood cancer. DKMS US and Be The Match are great resources! 
  • Think about registering on the list. It could be that someone out there is waiting for YOU to help them. 
  • Share Mel's posts and comment. Words of encouragement and knowing that people are pulling for her is a huge boost! 
  • Plus, more shares increases likelihood of YouCaring donations as more people see Mel's story. 
  • Donate to her YouCaring account as you are able. Expenses run high and every bit helps Mel and Paul. 

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