A Mom’s Fight Against Kidney Cancer
Organized by: Holly Lugassy
In the fall of 2014, Connie (Biagini) Sume was diagnosed with Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma, a rare form of kidney cancer for which there is no drug treatment available in the United States. Connie has a husband and three, young, beautiful children.
I met Connie when I was 5 years old on the playground at preschool. I knew from the moment I met her that we would be friends for life and that our worlds would be forever intertwined. Connie has been my stalwart friend for 40 years, through the happiness, sadness, drama and loss. When she called me in October 2014 and told me that she had cancer, I went into shock. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think and my mind immediately went to the worst place possible.
I lost my Mom to cancer in 2012. I know what cancer can look like. And I could not believe that this was happening to my best friend. Worse, I couldn’t bear the thought of her three children growing up without their Mom. The idea is unthinkable.
To improve Connie’s chances of survival, she is working with a team of professionals who specialize in integrative medicine, a combination of conventional and alternative medicine. Medical insurance does not cover the treatments. To keep her family together while she undergoes these treatments which we hope will save her life, her husband took a leave from work without pay and temporarily moved their family close to her treatment center.
Please join me in contributing what you can to support the Sume family during this extremely difficult time. Every dollar counts. We cannot let her children grow up without their Mom.