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

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Jim Maziano via Crowdrise
October 09, 2010

It's go time folks. We need 2 raise $30K in 3 mos 2 kick blood cancer butt. 3k people, $10 each - we r there! Let's show strength thru #s!  See more

BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

EVENT DATE: Sep 19, 2010

Jim Maziano

THE STORY:

Matt Cwiertny 's family and friends are working to raise $60,000 in Matt's name through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walks and Crowdrise's support. 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 impact of the EBV on Matt’s vital organs, and at midnight on October 3, 2009, he passed away with us surrounding him.

Matt handled his illness with grace and humor, never asking "why me?" He lived life to the fullest and for that reason, we want to keep his memory alive

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To This Fundraiser

$26,909

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jeff Stock

    $50

  • Erik Taylor

    $10

  • Lanz Vasallo

    $5

  • Brittney DeNicola

    $1

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Elena

    $25

  • RT

    $10

  • Miriam Ament

    $25

  • Petersen family

    $50

  • Rebecca Reyes

    $10

  • Sandy Gardner

    $50

  • The Blases

    $50

  • John Roupas

    $25

  • Cherry N.

    $25

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $5

  • lauren higgins

    $21

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $5

  • Vicky Stiles

    $25

  • Kathy & Sunny Dory

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jaime Haughey

    $10

  • Sandra Sellani

    $20

  • Brenda Cotnoir

    $10

  • Shawna Ogden

    $60

  • Linda and Zac Lee Beck

    $24

  • Patrick Webb

    $10

  • Constantinos Tselios

    $10

  • Jim Stinson

    $150

  • Marion & Gerhard Triebel

    $10

  • Constantine L. Trela

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $55

  • Maximus Decimus

    $25

  • Michael Morris

    $15

  • Michael Morris

    $15

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $11

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $29

  • Christine Cwiertny

    $47

  • Adam DeAngelis

    $10

  • Michael Maxsenti

    $50

  • Lidia Lopez

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ray McIntosh

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Christine Murphy

    $10

  • Allyson Miller

    $10

  • James

    $50

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $31

  • BethAnn Bonner

    $15

  • Samantha Willis

    $10

  • Carlo Garcia

    $10

  • Kasia Januszewski

    $10

  • Bala Kolluru

    $11

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $15

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $99

  • Adrianne Wonnacott

    $99

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $20

  • Brenda Cotnoir

    $11

  • lauren higgins

    $40

  • Adrianne Wonnacott

    $11

  • Marc Viloria

    $25

  • Maximus

    $25

  • Mary Frank

    $11

  • Samantha Willis

    $11

  • Jaime Haughey

    $24

  • Jenna Roy

    $11

  • Valerie

    $10

  • Offline Donations

    $576

  • Offline Donations

    $12,318

  • Joshua Beatty

    $50

  • KELLY STEPHENSON

    $20

  • Evan Law Group

    $100

  • Christine Hernandez

    $240

  • Chick-Fil-A

    $374

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $50

  • Adrianne Wonnacott

    $25

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $15

  • Tiffany Lowe

    $50

  • Najia Arrihani

    $10

  • Jenna Roy

    $11

  • Bala Kolluru

    $10

  • Evan Cwiertny

    $99

  • Ed Ludwig

    $25

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $50

  • Jerome Van Husen

    $29

  • Sandra Sellani

    $20

  • Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland

    $15

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $11

  • Michele and Eric Cwiertny

    $16

  • Carol Williams

    $25

  • Samantha Willis

    $35

  • Samantha Willis

    $25

  • Jaimes Thorpe

    $11

  • Tiffany Lowe

    $20

  • Bala Kolluru

    $10

  • Bowling for Matt

    $1,070

  • Can, bottle & book recycling

    $228

  • Najia Arrihani

    $11

  • Bala Kolluru

    $11

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45% Raised of $60,000 Goal

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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

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Melanie Triebel

Amount Raised

$535

Fundraiser Title

Lindsey Vogel

Amount Raised

$319

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Adrianne W

Amount Raised

$220

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Shawna Ogden

Amount Raised

$127

Donor Comments

Bala Kolluru

Bala Kolluru

DONATION: $11

6 years ago

Najia Arrihani

Najia Arrihani

DONATION: $11

6 years ago

Bowling for Matt

Bowling for Matt

DONATION: $1,070

6 years ago

Can, bottle & book recycling

Can, bottle & book recycling

DONATION: $228

6 years ago

Bala Kolluru

Bala Kolluru

DONATION: $10

6 years ago

Tiffany Lowe

Tiffany Lowe

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Jaimes Thorpe

Jaimes Thorpe

DONATION: $11

6 years ago

Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis

DONATION: $35

In Memory of John F. Willis 6 years ago

Carol Williams

Carol Williams

DONATION: $25

Thanks so much for the help. 6 years ago