Team Tina-When Your World Turns Amber
On Sunday, September 17, I will participate in the 8th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk and you can be a part of it by making a donation on my fundraising page! This walk was launched eight years ago to raise awareness and funds for research for a unique surgery and treatment of a rare form of cancer.
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy ( HIPEC) is a highly effective, concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to cancer cells in the abdomen – this cancer is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis ( PC). The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy is one of only a handful of medical institutions in the country that offer this treatment and is dedicating extensive research to the use of HIPEC in the fight against this rare form of cancer of the abdomen and organs within the abdominal cavity as well as treating ovarian cancer.
“Heat It To Beat It” refers to the use of the heated chemotherapy which we’ve all learned is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is our vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue the research that brings us this life saving treatment.
I am motivated to participate in this event because my sister, Tina was diagnosed with Stage 4 appendix cancer in April. She was told by her original surgeon that she was between a rock and a hard place. We were not accepting that, and we believe that God led us to Dr. Sardi at Mercy Medical Center. She had a 13 hour surgery and HIPEC on August 22nd. As I write this, I am sitting next to her hospital bed on August 25th watching her smiling and laughing with the nurses, the doctors and everyone who comes into her room. She is alive today and we have hope. We thank God, Dr. Sardi, and the entire team at Mercy for not letting us give up. We want others to have this same hope.
I hope you will consider supporting me and this important cause by joining my team, registering to participate or making a donation!
Your support is appreciated!
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