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Suzie Owens' Fundraiser:

The Lil' Suzie Q's

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THE STORY:

Suzie is now a 2 and 1/2 year survivor of pancreatic cancer. We are hoping to raise at least $2,500 to rare cancer research. That's $1000 for each year!

Over the summer of 2009, Suzie developed a vague, but increasingly painful abdominal pain that would radiate around to the back.  The pain continued to progress until in October, she began to itch all over.  On Nov. 11, she went to the doctor to have a complete blood workup.  By close of business they called her back for an ultrasound on Nov. 12 and then a CT scan on Nov. 13.  She was admitted to the hospital for the first time that evening.

It turns out she had a tumor at the head of her pancreas that had crimped the bile duct and pancreatic duct closed, resulting in a build up of bile salts in her blood, causing the itching.  On Nov. 14, they stinted the crimp to relieve the blockage and took a biopsy.  On Nov. 17, 2009 the biopsy confirmed malignant adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.

Fortunately, Suzie's tumor was operable.  On Dec. 8, 2009, we traveled to Johns Hopkins to prepare for the surgery.  The surgery is brutal, and one of the most complicated procedures doctors perform.  It is called "The Whipple Procedure," named after its founder.  The stomach is severed from the upper intestine completely, and the entire duodenum, about 18", is removed, along with half the pancreas, the bile duct leading from the liver, and the gall bladder.  Then, everything is "re-plumbed" so to speak.  There really isn't full recovery as the side effects in digestion and the neuropathic pain generally persist.  She had her surgery on Dec. 11 and we left Jhop on Dec. 24, making it home for Christmas morning.

At the end of Feb, Suzie began chemo and radiation therapy that would last until Oct. 20, 2010.  As far as we know, Suzie is cancer free.  Her story is remarkable in that there is not possibility for survival other than surgery with PC.  Only 20% are surgical candidates.  That is one of the reasons the 5-year survival rate is only 6%.  The other stats are just as daunting, with PC accounting for only 3% on new cancer diagnoses, but is the 4th leading cause of death.  So, Suzie is a walking miracle! 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,050

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rachel Ralston

    $50

  • Bill Bryant

    $50

  • Mike & Leslie Forrester

    $50

  • Chip, Lisa, Jack & Shelby

    $50

  • Morris and Anne Hadden

     

  • Julie Stumpf

     

  • Dwayne and Whitney Ball

     

  • Esteban and Anita Machado

    $100

  • Tara and Laken Robinette

     

  • Chrissy and Roy Mullins

    $100

  • Stuart & Jeannette Tysinger

     

  • Cindy Copeland

     

  • Judy Bulfin

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

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42% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,050 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Suzie Owens

Amount Raised

$1,050

 

42% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Madeline Owens Kerr

Amount Raised

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Judy Bulfin

Judy Bulfin

DONATION: $25

Way to go Suzie! 5 years ago

Cindy Copeland

Cindy Copeland

5 years ago

Stuart & Jeannette Tysinger

Stuart & Jeannette Tysinger

5 years ago

Chrissy and Roy Mullins

Chrissy and Roy Mullins

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Tara and Laken Robinette

Tara and Laken Robinette

5 years ago

Esteban and Anita Machado

Esteban and Anita Machado

DONATION: $100

We are walking with Lil' Suzie Q on the 28th! 5 years ago

Dwayne and Whitney Ball

Dwayne and Whitney Ball

5 years ago

Julie Stumpf

Julie Stumpf

$100 and we love you! 5 years ago