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ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER's Fundraiser:

Kelly Donato is Going to Peru!

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THE STORY:

It all started 10 years ago this fall...

I was adjusting to my sister going through breast cancer treatments and being a nurse myself I was trying to help her navigate the system and multitude of tests and always thinking how hard it was on her to live test by test and thinking how lucky I was it wasn't me. I never gave it a thought that it could be me... Then reality hit. I had a small bump I noticed inside my cheek with I was told by my dentist that he was sure it was nothing but should probably have it looked at. I didn't give it much thought but I was able to get into an ENT in a fairly short turn around so I went and he thought the " bump" should come out thinking it was benign but could cause problems down the road as it grew it we didn't remove it but left the decision up to me. I decided to have it removed in a simple 15 minute procedure although it took 2 weeks for the pathology to come back and then the shocker came. It was a Sarcoma, a very rare type of cancer that will metastasize via blood not lymph so it could go to my lungs. If left untreated Sarcomas have a high mortality rate since Chemo does not work well on them . I initially was in shock and then my sister who was dealing with her own Stage 4 breast cancer was my rock. She helped me maneuver the system and got me to the right people.

Fast forward ...

I had additional surgeries to ensure removal and clean margins complicated by lung biopsies for some suspicious area. Surgery is the best treatment for Sarcomas if caught early and in my case it was and I can happily say it will be 10 years to the day of my diagnosis the day we leave for Macchu Picchu. My sister lost her battle to cancer a year ago but she survived stage 4 breast cancer for 12 years. We had always talked about the above and beyond trips and doing them together , sisters conquering cancer together. Im taking this journey for both of us, to do our part to raise awareness, give prayers and rise above and beyond cancer.

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$5,650

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dale & Joanie

    $100

  • Michelle Nickoli

    $50

  • Fred & Sandra Dowie

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • cami & steve smalley

    $100

  • Kelly Zelinsky

    $200

  • Zoe Zelinsky

    $25

  • Ross Zelinsky

    $25

  • ypp

    $500

  • Margaret Verhey

    $50

  • Nicolette and Dan Keough

    $100

  • Brad and Mary Lynn Baumler

    $50

  • Carrie Clausen

    $50

  • Angela Schulte

    $50

  • Friend

    $2,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mike and Lisa Fraizer

    $200

  • M. Jeanne Dallavo

    $50

  • Brauch Family

    $100

  • Jared and Kayla Erickson

    $100

  • Janell Nelson

    $50

  • Spencer & Stephanie Cox

    $100

  • Stephen Feltz

    $500

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113% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $5,650 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Stephen Feltz

Stephen Feltz

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

Spencer & Stephanie Cox

Spencer & Stephanie Cox

DONATION: $100

Kelly - you are an inspiration to all survivors! We hope this trip is as moving for you personally as you are for all of us! 4 years ago

Janell Nelson

Janell Nelson

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jared and Kayla Erickson

Jared and Kayla Erickson

DONATION: $100

You, Susan, and your sis will be in my thoughts and prayers!!! You girls will be the first ones up! 4 years ago

Brauch Family

Brauch Family

DONATION: $100

Climb,Kelly ,Climb ! Sending prayers for a safe journey ! Thank you for sharing this experience with us. 4 years ago

M. Jeanne Dallavo

M. Jeanne Dallavo

DONATION: $50

Good luck to you, Kelly, and your fellow climbers. I am truly blessed that you will be carrying a flag for me. God bless all of you. 4 years ago

Mike and Lisa Fraizer

Mike and Lisa Fraizer

DONATION: $200

Good luck Kelly! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

DON'T FALL ON THE ICE! 4 years ago

Friend

Friend

DONATION: $2,000

Kelly, you are a rock. Soar well above and beyond. 4 years ago

Angela Schulte

Angela Schulte

DONATION: $50

4 years ago