My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Aug 13, 2014

Then (11/2012) ...

He wore a white coat. His lips were moving. Chris was in the patient chair. Harper was 26 weeks in my belly. Cancer. Lymphoma. Oncologist. Wait, what?! In one instant I fell apart. We fell apart. Chemo was scheduled to begin the day after our baby shower.

We were thankful for chemo. There were 15 days that we just knew cancer. No prognosis or treatment or plan. Chemo was our saving grace.

We asked to have Chris' pathology slides reviewed at The National Institute of Health. Our first appointment was 8 hours. Harper kicked me all day. We were happy? Confused? Terrified. At the 8th hour, they changed his diagnosis. Wait what?! Now what. We wanted chemo. We wanted it gone. Whatever it was.

For the last couple of years we have gone to The NIH every few months. They drain Chris' veins, put him in machines, and then call a meeting with us and the world renowned experts we are lucky to have.

Each visit we are given the news that the lumps in Chris' neck have not become cancerous, and that he is free to carry on and return for follow up.  We were lucky. 

Now (8/2014)...

We thank our lucky stars for this medical team especially now that Chris' diagnoses has been confirmed to be more then just something we have to wait and see.  This past Monday, Chris was diagnosed with Large B Cell Type Non Hodgkins Lymphoma with EBV. 

The medical team expects that he will do well, as in hopefully be cured, after 6 rounds of chemotherapy.  He will receive this cocktail every 3 weeks in Bethesda, Maryland.  We will likely spend most of our time at my sister and Bill's home while we are in town the 5-6 days.  Alternatively, we may occationally stay on NIH campus or a hotel.  Harper will be in tow with the exception of this Thursday and Friday when everything begins. 

Please share our story and send us some love in the form of a donation. Those of you that know me, know that I don't, well didn't run.  I am going to keep running and keep fundraising. I never knew what the word cancer would sound like with my best friend in the chair.

I am RUNNING. Let's keep Chris and everyone else affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma healthy!!!!  I have gotten off track with my run for obvious reasons the last week or so, but I will get back to it.  If it turns out that the run is a day that Chris is out of town receiving chemo, I will drive back to do it, or find someone to run in my place.

I am hosting a fundraising event on 9/18 at Novo Salon on Passyunk Avenue.  Stay tuned for details.  And I also plan to create a care page while we are at The NIH this week so close family and friends can follow updates.

What you can do for us is...carpe diem today...fundraise...share this link...entertain Harper every now and again so Chris and I can spend time catching up, my goodness...we will beat this because there is just no other alternative.  Tearfully and gratefully, Melissa


Supporter Comments

    "Happy to do what I can!"

    Kate Schoener

    Tue Jun 17 09:24:29 EDT 2014

    "Such a great cause! Thinking of you and Chris <3"

    Shayna & Nick Travaglini

    Tue Jul 08 10:44:03 EDT 2014

    "Run for FUN CHRIS, RUN! "

    Jeanine Peters

    Fri Jul 11 11:04:57 EDT 2014

    "You go girl! Awesome commitment! Good luck and best wishes to you and Chris!!!! The Salsbery's"

    carrie salsbery

    Thu Jul 31 08:44:06 EDT 2014

    "Carpe diem. Xoxo"

    Veronica DeLuca

    Wed Aug 13 02:27:16 EDT 2014

    "Hey guys, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Please don't hesitate to call if I can help in any way. -Matt Janusky"

    Matt Janusky

    Thu Aug 14 10:53:49 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you, Chris, Melissa & Harper"

    Erin Panek

    Sat Aug 16 10:07:35 EDT 2014

    "Harper is one lucky girl to have such strong parents. I know you will all get through this together!! Go kick cancers butt :)"

    Kim & Chris Halle

    Thu Aug 21 08:30:33 EDT 2014

    "Melissa, My thoughts are with you and your family. Good luck on your training and I hope the event goes well for you. "

    Martin Ranalli

    Thu Aug 28 12:46:33 EDT 2014

    "As you are healing, may you feel warmth and compassion from all who care about you. Best wishes that you will soon be back to doing all the things you love."

    Clear Preservations

    Thu Sep 18 07:04:46 EDT 2014

    "Love n luck!"

    Tim and Patti

    Thu Nov 20 09:33:15 EST 2014

    "This donation is the cash that was raised at our 9/18 event at Novo Salon. Thanks to all that came out in support and to all that made this night possible. We are very grateful. All together with cash and credit, we raised $ 1,550 this night. And I got to see my husband smile for a couple of hours with his friends...priceless. Much love to you all."

    Novo Event Cash Portion

    Fri Sep 19 08:08:21 EDT 2014

    "...Sorry I missed out last night, I was there in spirit. Even though this little ear infection. And Bronchitis is nothing it wasn't worth taking a chance of giving it to you..... Very Glad to hear last night was so successful.... I Must say you look Great!!! Hope to see you soon.....xoxoxoxoxo. Love, Tracie"

    Tracie Geiger

    Fri Sep 19 04:30:37 EDT 2014

    "Stay strong!"


    Mon Sep 15 12:35:55 EDT 2014

    "You're doing an awesome job! Hang in there xo"

    Kristin Contino

    Sun Sep 07 10:18:38 EDT 2014

    "Much love from New Orleans. I wish I could give so much more-Stacey Asaro "

    Stacey Asaro

    Sun Sep 07 01:45:29 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you & your adorable family!! Sending positive & healing vibes your way... "

    Koko Mikami

    Sat Sep 06 03:54:55 EDT 2014

    "Sending much love and support your way ! You go girl !!"

    Francie Tutwiler

    Thu Sep 04 08:04:58 EDT 2014

    "Congrats on winning the most recent mentor contest!"

    Your Mentors

    Mon Sep 01 06:14:32 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you and your beautiful family."

    Tara Urbanelli

    Sun Aug 31 10:56:01 EDT 2014

    "You are in our thoughts. Harper is the cutest kid ever. Bob and Gail"

    Bob Yeats

    Mon Aug 25 04:02:31 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you Melissa and Chris and sending prayers for strength and recovery!"

    Colleen Shute

    Thu Aug 21 03:22:25 EDT 2014

    "Chris~Melissa~Harper~Macy You got this ~believe ~breathe WLUAHAW&#128155; if you need us We are only 10 digits away Uncle Mark & Aunt Laura (((((Hugs))))"

    Mark & Laura Blackburn

    Wed Aug 20 07:01:46 EDT 2014

    "Stay strong Chris! Sending my prayers to help you fight!!"

    Brittney Cason

    Tue Aug 19 09:32:55 EDT 2014

    "Your family is in my prayers!"

    Nicole Clarke

    Tue Aug 19 12:27:29 EDT 2014

    "Love you guys! Make this your BITCH!"

    Marla DeFusco

    Fri Aug 15 05:21:50 EDT 2014

    "Thinking about you! XO"

    Albertine DuFrayne

    Fri Aug 15 03:44:16 EDT 2014

    "Your family is in my prayers - you are a strong woman and will get through this!!!!"

    Kim Delaney

    Wed Aug 13 10:04:36 EDT 2014

    "F$ck Cancer!!!"

    Loren Ostroff

    Wed Aug 13 06:54:54 EDT 2014

    "You got this! We are all cheering you both on."

    Lisa Dvorak

    Wed Aug 13 03:37:03 EDT 2014

    "So proud of you Melissa. I hope I can be there to cheer you on. Love Kirsten"

    Kirsten Larson

    Sun Aug 03 09:35:40 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you Melissa and Chris! Many prayers and positive vibes coming your way! xo"

    Amber Capra

    Tue Jul 15 02:31:41 EDT 2014

    "I know you do not know me but I am good friend of Jayne Lomba's...I was the bridesmaid in her wedding with the awful hair :) My soon to be sister in law has had leukemia twice and has battled back both times and just recently hit her 5 years of remission. She is a strong person and I have no doubt that your family is just as strong as she is! Best of luck on your run! Danielle Whitcraft"

    Danielle Whitcraft

    Thu Jul 10 11:02:35 EDT 2014

    "Your story is inspirational. You guys are such a beautiful family. We are lucky and proud to call you friends and neighbors!"

    Lauren Buckley

    Thu Jul 10 10:05:26 EDT 2014

    "Wow, Melissa - I didn't know (why would I - this kind of thing doesn't come up in daycare small talk). Wishing you and your family the very best, and keeping you in the section of my brain dedicated to positive thoughts, prayers, good juju... Whatever you want to call it. Nhung passed along your fundraiser information, btw. Best, Kristin (Mom to baby Ruby)"

    Kristin Rodger

    Wed Jul 02 02:55:57 EDT 2014

    "Chris, be well. Melissa, run your glutes off. B.J. and Kath"


    Wed Jul 02 02:36:32 EDT 2014

    "You will do great, and feel this huge sense of accomplishment!!! We are with you all the way :-)"

    Meredith Kirkpatrick

    Sat Jun 28 08:11:27 EDT 2014

    "Without treatment my world wouldn't include Claire. I met her in 2001 and I introduced her to my only sibling, Michael Richards. He married her and against odds conceived my only nephew Lil Mike. She is more than a sister in law, she is my sister and she is a gift. "

    Michelle Richards

    Thu Jun 26 01:11:13 EDT 2014

    "We're with you all the way! "

    Aaron & Tessa Bocage

    Thu Jun 19 07:55:32 EDT 2014

    "Great job Melissa!"

    Kim Penny

    Wed Jun 18 10:20:44 EDT 2014

    "Thinking of you guys! You are going to do great in your run!!! :) "

    Michele Griffin

    Tue Jun 17 08:00:39 EDT 2014

    "Way to go, Melissa! The love and support you provide for your husband, and all others faced with this disease, is amazing! Rachel Mennell"

    Rachel Mennell

    Fri Nov 21 11:52:36 EST 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,960.00 | Goal: $1,400.00
426 %

My Team

Team Total: $8,560.00 | Goal: $2,900.00

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My Thanks To

Novo Event Cash Portion $1175.00
Marc Summers $500.00
Matt Janusky $250.00
Shirley Weber $250.00
Aaron & Tessa Bocage $250.00
Francie Tutwiler $200.00
Guy Weidner $150.00
Liz Jacobson $105.00
Stacey Asaro $100.00
Martin Ranalli $100.00
Bob Yeats $100.00
Colleen Shute $100.00
Maryam Naim $100.00
Lisa Dvorak $100.00
Trisha & David $100.00
Neighbors $100.00
Zig and Cindy $100.00
Horizon Services $100.00
Christina Watt $100.00
Danielle caruso $75.00
Anastasia Pierce $50.00
Tim and Patti $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Meredith Gibbons $50.00
Marla DeFusco $50.00
Lisa Dvorak $50.00
Ady Dorsett $50.00
Lauren B $45.00
Michelle Palladino $35.00
Leigh Phillips $25.00
Rachel Mennell $25.00
Tracie Geiger $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Clear Preservations $25.00
Kate Schoener $25.00
Erin McKenna $25.00
Emily Ruble $25.00
Koko Mikami $25.00
Your Mentors $25.00
Tara Urbanelli $25.00
Kim & Chris Halle $25.00
Amanda Woodford $25.00
Faraz Hussain $25.00
Nicole Clarke $25.00
Erin Panek $25.00
Loren Ostroff $25.00
Marilyn Wallace $25.00
carrie salsbery $25.00
Laura and Danny Ferraiolo $25.00
Ashleigh Chung $25.00
Meredith Kirkpatrick $25.00
Kim Penny $25.00
Rosemary Borrell $25.00
Kate Schoener $25.00
Tara Brown $25.00
Candice Gallagher  
Kristin Contino  
Mark & Laura Blackburn  
Brittney Cason  
Matthew Riordan  
Albertine DuFrayne  
Jacki Bunting Ford  
Nicholas Mattus  
Kim Delaney  
Christina Marshall  
Veronica DeLuca  
Jeannette Armstrong  
Kirsten Larson  
Amber Capra  
Jeanine Peters  
Danielle Whitcraft  
Lauren Buckley  
Shayna & Nick Travaglini  
Shalea Madorin  
Laura Munroe  
Kristin Rodger  
Michelle Richards  
Michele Griffin