Michele and Eric Cwiertny's Fundraiser:

The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Project

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Michele and Eric

Help the MCMF gift iPod Nanos to teen & young adult cancer patients. Please donate to the Matt's Mixed Tape project: http://bit.ly/T6LNez

via Crowdrise 12 months ago

THE STORY:

Please help us fund medical research for EBV and EBV-associated diseases, including blood cancers, and improve the quality of life of adolescent and young adult (ages 15-29) cancer patients.

Matt was a 22-year-old junior art director for Marshall Advertising, who loved the L.A. Galaxy soccer, A.S. Roma, the Flight of the Conchords, The Dandy Warhols, Jack’s Mannequin, The 88, and Will Ferrell movies, when he got a really bad case of mono. We thought he'd recovered until six months later when Matt started getting extraordinarily high fevers, his blood pressure dropped, and his blood counts cratered. His doctors were confounded, especially when they concluded it was not mono. It was only after he went into respiratory failure that his doctors at USC learned he suffered from EBV-induced Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (EBV-HLH), a blood disorder affecting only 1 of every 1,000,000 persons (after a bone marrow biopsy, the doctors decided he'd had mono earlier). While EBV-HLH is not cancer, it acts and is treated like a cancer. The disorder destroys healthy blood cells, and is treated with chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant, if necessary. EBV-HLH often induces lymphoma, which it did in Matt. One month after his EBV-HLH diagnosis, Matt learned he was also battling NK T-Cell lymphoma, one of the most aggressive and least researched blood cancers there is.

In December 2008, Matt received his bone marrow transplant. While it temporarily put him in remission, his lymphoma returned in February 2009, and in June 2009, Matt learned it had returned in the form of an inoperable brain tumor. After chemo failed to put him in remission, Matt began radiation treatment. Before finishing it, he was readmitted to the City of Hope in late September 2009. At that time, Matt was in a weakened state, with his EBV levels extraordinarily high that it was debilitating to his liver and kidneys. Unfortunately, the doctors were unable to administer any treatment that could reverse the affects of the EBV and its impact on Matt’s vital organs… And at midnight on October 3, 2009, he passed away with his family surrounding him.

To learn more about the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation and what the foundation wants to accomplish, please visit: http://www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com

Follow the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation on Twitter at @MattCwiertnyMF

Or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation

Thank you.

Michele

 

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    $100

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    $11

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    $100

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    $2,000

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    $50

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Michele and Eric Cwiertny

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Jenna Roy

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Mama's on 39 Restaurant Fundraiser

Mama's on 39 Restaurant Fundraiser

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2012 Bowl-A-Rama

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Jerome Van Husen

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