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Raising $60K to kick blood cancer's butt for Matt

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owner profile imageMichele and Eric Cwiertny via Crowdrise
November 16, 2010

Let's get that research grant and kick blood cancer's butt! We can do this... every bit helps!  See more

BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

ORGANIZER: Jim

EVENT DATE: Sep 19, 2010

HOURS PLEDGED: 350

Michele and Eric Cwiertny

THE STORY:

Christine Cwiertny wrote -

Matt Cwiertny 's family and friends are working to raise $60,000 in Matt's name in association with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walks and with the support of Crowdrise. If we raise $60,000, we will be able to direct the funds to an LLS researcher who is working to find cures for Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) induced lymphomas. While researchers know there is a connection between EBV and lymphoma, they are not sure how EBV causes lymphoma and have not found a way to effectively treat EBV or NK T-cell lymphoma, which Matt suffered from.

Matt was a 23 year old graphic designer for Marshall Advertising, who loved Galaxy soccer, the Flight of the Conchords, The Dandy Warhols, Jack’s Mannequin, and Will Ferrell movies, when he got a bad case of mono. We thought nothing of it 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. 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 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, Matt 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 and debilitating 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 us surrounding him.

Please help us keep Matt's memory alive and support our efforts to raise $60,000 to fund life-saving research.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,316

MONEY RAISED
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  • Michele Cwiertny

    $250

  • Jaime Haughey

    $10

  • Lanz Vasallo

    $9

  • Amanda Darby

    $9

  • Peri

    $25

  • Frank Andolino

    $60

  • Michele Cwiertny

    $40

  • Jaime Haughey

    $25

  • Amanda Darby

    $25

  • Jaimes Thorpe

    $10

  • Mary Frank

    $25

  • Lushawn Murphy

    $5

  • Adrianne Wonnacott

    $50

  • Mary Alice & Tony Cwiertny

    $100

  • Sandra Sellani

    $25

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $50

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $100

  • Michele Cwiertny

    $9

  • Christine Murphy

    $21

  • Michele Cwiertny

    $9

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Mary Frank

    $8

  • Bill & Judy Ann Morris

    $150

  • Tsar Jaime Jamesovna

    $7

  • Mime Amanda

    $10

  • Tsar Jaime Jamesovna

    $25

  • Dave Thomas

    $5

  • Mary Frank

    $25

  • Tsar Jaime Jamesovna

    $25

  • Abby S

    $5

  • Michele Cwiertny

    $31

  • Dr. Murphy

    $5

  • lauren higgins

    $20

  • Michael Maloney

    $5

  • Michele Cwiertny

    $9

  • Quintas

    $9

  • Dave Thomas

    $5

  • Barbara Oliveira

    $1

  • Lara Gale

    $10

  • Tiffany Lowe

    $9

  • lauren higgins

    $20

  • lauren higgins

    $30

  • Jasmin Henke

    $10

  • Stephanie Webb

    $10

  • Emma Maingay

    $11

  • Judy Ann Morris

    $100

  • lauren higgins

    $20

  • Christine Murphy

    $5

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $5

  • Barbara Oliveira

    $30

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $20

  • Michael Morris

    $25

  • lauren higgins

    $21

  • Jaime Haughey

    $10

  • Sandra Sellani

    $20

  • Brenda Cotnoir

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $55

  • Michael Morris

    $15

  • Michael Morris

    $15

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $29

  • Adam DeAngelis

    $10

  • Christine Murphy

    $10

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $31

  • BethAnn Bonner

    $15

  • Samantha Willis

    $10

  • Carlo Garcia

    $10

  • Kasia Januszewski

    $10

  • Bala Kolluru

    $11

  • Marc Viloria

    $25

  • Maximus

    $25

  • Mary Frank

    $11

  • Jaime Haughey

    $24

  • Jenna Roy

    $11

  • Joshua Beatty

    $50

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $50

  • Tiffany Lowe

    $50

  • Jenna Roy

    $11

  • Bala Kolluru

    $10

  • Evan Cwiertny

    $99

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $50

  • Sandra Sellani

    $20

  • Samantha Willis

    $25

  • Jaimes Thorpe

    $11

  • Tiffany Lowe

    $20

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $26,909 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jim Maziano

Amount Raised

$21,398

 

36% Raised of$60,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michele and Eric Cwiertny

Amount Raised

$2,316

Fundraiser Title

Marty Baldwin

Amount Raised

$627

Fundraiser Title

Marshall Advertising

Amount Raised

$550

Fundraiser Title

Melanie Triebel

Amount Raised

$535

Fundraiser Title

Lindsey Vogel

Amount Raised

$319

Fundraiser Title

Adrianne W

Amount Raised

$220

Fundraiser Title

Shawna Ogden

Amount Raised

$127

Donor Comments

Tiffany Lowe

Tiffany Lowe

DONATION: $20

9 years ago

Jaimes Thorpe

Jaimes Thorpe

DONATION: $11

9 years ago

Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis

DONATION: $25

9 years ago

Sandra Sellani

Sandra Sellani

DONATION: $20

You go girl! 9 years ago

Jerome Van Husen

Jerome Van Husen

DONATION: $50

9 years ago

Evan Cwiertny

Evan Cwiertny

DONATION: $99

A donation for Evan's birthday today. xoxo 9 years ago

Bala Kolluru

Bala Kolluru

DONATION: $10

9 years ago

Jenna Roy

Jenna Roy

DONATION: $11

For Matt 9 years ago

Tiffany Lowe

Tiffany Lowe

DONATION: $50

<3 9 years ago

Michele and Eric Cwiertny

Michele and Eric Cwiertny

DONATION: $50

Miss you, Matty. Think about you everyday. xoxo 9 years ago