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A thank you from Griffin
June 19, 2016

I am so excited by the support and generosity for Griffin and St. Jude. Thank you all so much!!!! https://vimeo.com/171318019  See more
Maura McCarthy-Sanborn

THE STORY:

The quest for answers started nine months ago when Griffin Cherniss went from being a perfectly healthy little boy to a sick kid who missed 67 days of school and spent 40 nights in the hospital. A self-proclaimed conundrum, Grif had the doctors stumped over what was making him so ill. After extensive testing at medical centers in Charlotte and New York City, the persistence and love of his dedicated neurologist led us to doctors at Duke Children's Center. A brilliant pediatrician who we refer to as a real life (and kind) Dr. House came up with a potential diagnosis of carcinoid cancer. This is an extremely rare cancer, even more so in children. There is only one pediatric carcinoid specialist in the country. Most adult patients take 5-7 years to diagnose, which is why carcinoid is called the zebra cancer. Grif has had three positive urine and blood marker tests, and is now waiting for more results and scans to confirm if this could be the culprit. He is about to begin a three week, twice a day shot regimen that could potentially alleviate his symptoms. The catch-22 is that if the medicine works, it is one more confirmation that he has carcinoid. While the possible cancer diagnosis is terrifying, fear of the unknown has been awful for him, his parents and his brother. To know what he is fighting and how he can beat it should be seen as a step in the right direction. Grif has had endless blood draws, and does not have a great relationship with needles. To make these daily shots less scary, and empower Griffin to find the greater good and with his family on board, I created this crowdrise for people to donate $1 per shot to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Grif chose this charity because, in his own words, "I want to help kids who know they definitely have cancer, whether I have it or not." $42 will make a difference in the lives of other children fighting disease, while inspiring Griffin to continue his own battle to get back to being a healthy 10 year old boy!

I am personally inspired by the strength and sarcasm of this sweet BRILLIANT boy and the tenacity and unwavering love of his parents to persevere and fight for their son to get answers and make him well again. I am fortunate and blessed to know such an incredible family. 

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$7,416

MONEY RAISED
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  • Megan Morris

    $25

  • Felipe, Fran & Noah

    $42

  • Gabe Cherniss

    $42

  • Lisa Casselano and family

    $25

  • Nathan Cherniss

    $42

  • Dina Zusel

    $25

  • Dara Justin Zachary and Ashley

    $100

  • Lisa Ashworth

     

  • Nancy obrien

    $50

  • Leslie and Mark Weiss

    $42

  • Harold Reiter

     

  • Barney and Gingie Lee

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Marcia & Jerry Ostrover

    $100

  • Cheman Family

    $50

  • Neela Naraine

    $100

  • Dennis, Ashley, Anita & Dan Vasti

    $42

  • Kelsey Snelling

    $10

  • Karen & Mitchell Sack

    $42

  • Cohen Rosner family

    $42

  • The Kooy Codel Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Griffin Cherniss

    $42

  • The Tafoyas

    $50

  • Joan & Allan Grossman

    $42

  • Shelley & Scott Abbey

    $42

  • The Frater4

    $42

  • Rick, Tammy, Anna, Davy & Ryan Hallihan

    $42

  • Andrea DeLuca

    $42

  • Barbara & Steve Reiter

    $50

  • Julie, Jordan, Jared, Josh & Jayda Simon

    $50

  • Danial Hallam

     

  • Gary

    $500

  • The Steinberg Family

    $50

  • The Mega's

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Julian Frank

    $42

  • Amanda

    $42

  • The Lapp Family

    $50

  • Mia

    $42

  • Cortney and Anthony Malandra

    $50

  • Michelle & Steve Kanner

    $100

  • Judy and Irwin Goldberg

    $100

  • David, Lily and Connor Ng

    $42

  • Tia Hockensmith

    $50

  • Grandma and Grandpa

    $168

  • Roop family

    $42

  • MARILYN CARDARELLI

    $42

  • Tara Velto

    $42

  • Former soccer pal :)

    $25

  • Frederick Levy

    $42

  • Diane Kravif

    $35

  • Grandma and Grandpa

    $54

  • frances friedman

    $42

  • Maria May

    $50

  • Michelle Heft

    $42

  • Ellen and Randy

    $42

  • The Bride Clan

    $50

  • Anne McCarthy

    $50

  • Hayley and Zach Lipsky

    $42

  • Stephanie and Nick Hirsh

    $50

  • Seth and Julie Jacobs

    $100

  • Jordan Weiss

    $42

  • Barry Levy

    $42

  • Rachel, Adam, Lindsay and Justin Mark

    $42

  • The Spartz Family

    $100

  • Sue Pariot

     

  • The Martin family

    $42

  • Kalish

    $50

  • Smitley Family

    $50

  • Elyse, Evan & Eli Burrows

    $25

  • Kate Lee and Zach Seward

    $42

  • The DeSantis Family

    $42

  • Steven Friedman and family

    $42

  • Joey

    $25

  • Kiran Gaudioso

    $25

  • The Weaver Family

    $42

  • Carole & Merle Meyers

    $100

  • Molly Wootton

    $100

  • Alicia, Michael, Lynnsey and Lexie Leonard

    $42

  • Sammy & Bennett Terada

    $84

  • Sharon Tepper

    $50

  • The Warriers

    $42

  • Alex Emmanuelli

    $25

  • Melissa, Keith, Riley & Katie

     

  • Allie and Larry Goldberg

     

  • Evi and Karen

    $42

  • Mike and Cindy Barb

    $42

  • Olin Ottemann-Strauss

    $17.67

  • Melissa Hartnett

    $50

  • Lois and Paul Baer

    $50

  • Ah YOUNG HONG

    $25

  • Christina Fontaine

    $42

  • Leif and Terry Grazi

    $42

  • Jack and Maribeth Younger

    $100

  • Brenda Fenster

    $50

  • Rita Hoffman

    $25

  • Brad Engel

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ewelina Alvarado

     

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The Team: $7,416 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Maura McCarthy-Sanborn

Amount Raised

$5,953

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Harold Reiter

Amount Raised

$1,388

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Alex Emmanuelli

Amount Raised

$75

Donor Comments

Ewelina Alvarado

Ewelina Alvarado

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Brad Engel

Brad Engel

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Rita Hoffman

Rita Hoffman

DONATION: $25

Best Wishes! 2 years ago

Brenda Fenster

Brenda Fenster

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jack and Maribeth Younger

Jack and Maribeth Younger

DONATION: $100

Thinking of you, Grif! 2 years ago

Leif and Terry Grazi

Leif and Terry Grazi

DONATION: $42

2 years ago

Christina Fontaine

Christina Fontaine

DONATION: $42

2 years ago

Ah YOUNG HONG

Ah YOUNG HONG

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Lois and Paul Baer

Lois and Paul Baer

DONATION: $50

Go Griffin 2 years ago