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CHOOSE JOY | Remember Joy O'Kelley Small Cell Cervical Fund

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THE STORY:

CHOOSE JOY | 100 Reasons to Give

Joy Dozier O’Kelley was our dear friend. She was a wife, a mother, a sister, and a daughter. She was a dancer, a runner, sometimes a worrier… but always a Believer. In her final days with us on Earth, Joy asked us to make sure that something good would come from her battle with Small Cell Neuroendocrine Cervical Cancer (SCCC).

100 days ago today (10/17/14), at home and with those she loved the most, Joy chose joy… and went to be with her Creator.  We - the New York & Texas Girls as some have come to know us – will Keep Choosing Joy by honoring her wish and working relentlessly to increase awareness and funding for SCCC.  BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.

RARE BUT THERE. Out of the nearly 12,000 women in the US that will be diagnosed with Cervical Cancer this year, only about 100 of them will be Small or Large Cell Neuroendocrine Cervical Cancer. It is uncommon yet devastating and there is no known cause or cure. Due to its rarity, clinical trials are challenging.

Through the grass-roots efforts of a large support network of patients and loved ones, awareness and funds are being raised in an attempt to improve survivorship and hope. You can read more about SCCC and the Sisterhood here: http://necervix.com.

We aim to build upon their amazing efforts by helping to raise money in Joy's memory to fund: (1) education, (2) a strong cancer registry to understand the most effective existing treatments, (3) meaningful research, and (4) ultimately clinical trials utilizing new and innovative treatments to improve survival. We have been in conversation with Dr. Michael Frumovitz at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston – he is one of the key players in the above efforts. One of the initiatives that spoke to us is the goal of making treatment attainable to patients in hospitals closer to their hometown so that women like our Joy won’t have to be away from their most crucial support system – their families and children – for long stretches of time while getting treatment.

Our goal today and in the coming weeks is 100 for 100!

  • 100+ donors at $100+ each and
  • 100 Team Members to get 10+ of your friends to donate $10+ each.

Joy brought smiles to 100’s of faces in her lifetime. We have cried 100’s of tears as we miss her everyday. We don’t have the benefit of government funds or a celebrity to back our cause. Raising funds is a huge effort. But these funds have already been put to great use and are now actually saving lives. Positive outcomes where there were once very few, are starting to materialize through molecular testing and targeted treatment.

Please CHOOSE JOY and be 1 of the 100 for 100. Every bit helps. 

You can go to our Crowdrise site and donate directly to the CHOOSE JOY campaign. The donation is tax deductable and donating to Crowdrise is your receipt.   www.crowdrise.com/ICHOOSEJOY

You can also JOIN THE TEAM and raise money for our campaign and under your own name - just go to our page, click on THE TEAM and then JOIN THE TEAM.

Visit www.necervix.com and get more information on SCCC/LCCC, MD Anderson and the fund.

With much gratitude and Joy,

Angela, Ashley, Brooke, Carey, Erika, Joanna, and Kandace {the New York & Texas Girls}

 

$7,845

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Joanna Roses

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Vanzuras

    $100

  • DeeDee Aarseth

    $10

  • The Plantys

    $20

  • Shandee Hall

     

  • Eric Fitzgerald

    $100

  • carol and calvin cobb

    $220

  • Chatham family

    $100

  • Erin, Matt, Bennett & Landon Woolsey

    $100

  • Jennifer & Evan Harris

    $100

  • Erika Fitzgerald

     

  • Carmen Izzo & friends

    $100

  • Monica Telese

    $50

  • Stacey Berndt Hamilton

    $100

  • Warmbrodt family

    $100

  • Monica Rachel

    $100

  • Tommy and Kelly Collins

    $100

  • K. Jillian Fuller

    $50

  • Webb family

    $100

  • Blue WIne Group

    $1,000

  • Amy & Brian Henry

    $100

  • Frances Nicholson

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Virginia and Caroline

    $100

  • Arthur, Virginia, and Caroline

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Kelsey Fitzgerald

    $100

  • Norma P. Duncan

    $50

  • Steven and Katie Smith

    $100

  • Wood Family

    $100

  • Frank and Jeanette Hanke

    $100

  • Choose Joy | Smith & Alexander Rogers

    $25

  • Bob & Edwina Woolsey

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Laurie & Pat Fitzgerald

    $100

  • The Dando Family

    $25

  • Lorena Gonzalez-Johnson

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Liz Chevalier

     

  • LG/Huletts Friend

    $100

  • The Erickson Family

    $100

  • Heather, Steve, Finley and Liam McGregory

    $100

  • Tim & Barbara Collier

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jeff & Jane Ryan

    $100

  • The Cooke's

    $50

  • Dan Ryan

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Catherine and Brooke Sullivan

    $100

  • Wagner Mello

     

  • Nataliya Friedman

    $25

  • Kristen Ariza

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Kristen and Chris Bevilacqua

    $200

  • Steven and Carol Burgess

    $100

  • Lynette Gilder

    $100

  • The Hammond's

    $50

  • Tony and Angie Curanaj

    $100

  • Mary Ales

    $100

  • Kelley & Blake Snyder

    $50

  • Ray and Donna Rice

    $100

  • Henry Siegel

    $200

  • The Kirshbaum family

     

  • Jennie Shaw

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

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78% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $7,845 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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Choose Joy

Amount Raised

$3,615

 

36% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Christopher Ryan

Amount Raised

$1,470

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Angela Kilcullen

Amount Raised

$1,360

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Lori Howell

Amount Raised

$750

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Erin Woolsey

Amount Raised

$650

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Alice Williams

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jennie Shaw

Jennie Shaw

DONATION: $100

In loving memory of my beautiful friend, Joy. 2 years ago

The Kirshbaum family

The Kirshbaum family

3 years ago

Henry Siegel

Henry Siegel

DONATION: $200

Hope Pace & Joy! 3 years ago

Ray and Donna Rice

Ray and Donna Rice

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Kelley & Blake Snyder

Kelley & Blake Snyder

DONATION: $50

Choosing Joy! 3 years ago

Mary Ales

Mary Ales

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Tony and Angie Curanaj

Tony and Angie Curanaj

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

The Hammond's

The Hammond's

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Lynette Gilder

Lynette Gilder

DONATION: $100

In memory of the beautiful Joy:) 3 years ago