Suzanne’s Fund

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I graduated from Mahopac High School in 1990 with a student named Suzanne Dolson.

We weren’t close friends, but we shared a few classes together. Nice girl—friendly, warm, enthusiastic, etc.

Today I was directed to this site, Suzanne’s Fund.

Turns out Suzanne, age 37, is battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Large Cell Lymphoma—a blood cancer that typically affects older men. To pull from the website, “Unfortunately her condition has progressed more quickly than expected. Suzanne underwent 4 months of chemotherapy treatment for the CLL and sadly it was determined that her body was not responding to treatment. She learned that she has a rare genetic mutation that renders her highly resistant to the FDA approved treatment plan for CLL, making treatment especially difficult for this disease.”

This is a woman with two young children and mounting medical expenses.

If you’re looking to directly impact someone in a very positive way, here’s an excellent opportunity to do so

3 thoughts on “Suzanne’s Fund”

  1. Back in February, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

    After a bone marrow biopsy, my diagnosis was changed to Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

    Neither disease is one of the “good” Cancers to have, as people have told me (I don’t think any Cancer is good to have).

    CLL is a funny one–there’s the non-aggressive form which is treated using a regimen of chemotherapy called FCR (Fludaribine, Cytoxan, Rituxan). Side effects are minimal–no hair loss–and the prognosis typically isn’t too bad.

    The aggressive form–all bets are off, and it sounds like Suzanne pulled the short straw.

    Having had one round of FCR before my diagnosis changed–then incurring the wrath of EPOCH-R for four months–I can certainly relate to what she’s going through and I encourage anyone who can spare a few dollars to send it Suzanne’s way.

    I have insurance, fortunately. If not, my family would be living in our minivan.

    Even with insurance, we’ve already spent over $15K this year on treatments, medication, travel, etc.

    My family hosted a benefit dinner and we raised nearly $10K. My stem cell transplant next week will eat that up within a week.

    Folks, it goes fast. Please, help Suzanne…her children will have enough to go through.

    Jeff, thanks for sharing and I hope all turns out well for Suzanne.

  2. Suzanne Dolson-Fischer

    The kindness and generosity of others is extaordinary. I can’t thank you both enough for all you have done.

    Steve, I too have experienced EPOCH and CHOP therapies. I had horrible side effects and then found out neither of them worked. I am now doing Treanda and yesterday my doctor gave me some well deserved good news, it seems the treatment might be working. I hope and pray it works just long enough to bring me to bone marrow transplant as well. I can not tell you how happy I am to hear that you are on your way. I will pray for you.

    Thank you both for being so kind. Having cancer opened my eyes to how wonderful people can be. I wish you the best of luck in the next few weeks.

    Most Sincerely,
    Suzanne

  3. Suzanne…I’m glad to hear your latest treatment might be the one!

    I agree with you…Cancer restored my faith in humanity. So many people have done so much for me and my family. It’s overwhelming.

    And because of that, I’ll do whatever I can for someone in need, no matter how small the gesture.

    I’m trying to pay forward all the good will thrown my way.

    Suzanne, I wish you the best.

    Next week, I head in for the 3-4 week hospital stay for my previously harvested stem cells to be reintroduced to my body. And, hopefully, they quickly generate some healthy bone marrow.

    Fortunately, I made it into remission and was able to do an autologous stem cell transplant (the lesser of two evils). If that’s the path you are on, I’d be glad to share with you my experiences.

    I think Jeff can probably provide you with my e-mail address. If not, post something here and I’ll give you some contact info.

    Best of luck.

    Steve

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