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Michele and Eric Cwiertny's Fundraiser:

Raising $5,000 for MCMF

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October 31, 2011

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Michele and Eric Cwiertny

THE STORY:

We want to raise an additional $5,000 toward this year's medical research grant for EBV and EBV-associated diseases, which include blood cancers.

We can totally do this by December 31st, but we need your help. Please donate and/ or JOIN OUR TEAM! We'll be holding contests, so you'll definitely want to keep checking back.

Follow the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation on Twitter at @MattCwiertnyMF and you can follow me (Michele) at @MicheleCwiertny for contest announcements as well. :D

So why does this matter so much to my family and to me? Here's why we're so passionate about this:

Matt was a 22-year-old junior art director for Marshall Advertising, who loved the L.A. Galaxy soccer, A.S. Roma, the Flight of the Conchords, The Dandy Warhols, Jack’s Mannequin, The 88, and Will Ferrell movies, when he got a really bad case of mono. We thought he'd recovered 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 (after a bone marrow biopsy, the doctors decided he'd had mono earlier). 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 also 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, he 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 that it was debilitating to 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 his family surrounding him.

Please help us fund medical research for EBV and EBV-associated diseases, including blood cancers. We need cures and NOW. Let's do this for Matt.

To learn more about the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation and what we want to accomplish, please visit: http://www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com

Thank you.

P.S. And to read more about what Matt's friends and family have accomplished while raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the past few years, please read Michele and Eric's "Rise" -- Thank you.

Michele

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To This Fundraiser

$428

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  • Jaime Haughey

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9% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $428 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Elise

Elise

DONATION: $20

xo 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $28

5 years ago

Bala Kolluru

Bala Kolluru

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

I simply adore you and your family. You make me want to be a better person. XO 6 years ago

M. E. & E.

M. E. & E.

Miss you so much, Matty. We'll be walking for you again at Angels Stadium tonight. Love you always. M. E. & E. 6 years ago

Melissa F

Melissa F

DONATION: $10

6 years ago

Adria Gallup-Black

Adria Gallup-Black

DONATION: $30

6 years ago

Jaime Haughey

Jaime Haughey

DONATION: $15

I love you! 6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

6 years ago