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This fundraiser ended on 04/19/12

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We are a group of friends that are raising money for Maredith Haesaert for her Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Please help us save her life.

The Breast Cancer You Haven’t Heard About

Maredith Haesaert has dedicated her life to helping others and is a consistent and dependable source of comfort to those fortunate enough to know her. We hope that your connection to Maredith or hearing her story will inspire you to reach out to help in her time of need.

Maredith was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2004. After treatment with radiation and chemotherapy drugs, it went into remission, only to recur and more aggressively in 2009. Inflammatory breast cancer is rarely diagnosed in its early stages, often presenting itself as a pimple, boil or a skin rash with swelling. Generally, there is no lump to be found, nor will it appear on a mammogram. Because the cancer cells are spread out in a sheet, by the time a woman realizes that something is wrong, her cancer is at a Stage 3 or 4. As a result, along with this being a very aggressive cancer, the survival rate is about 40%, much lower then other forms of breast cancer.

Maredith has an opportunity to have a procedure done in California that will increase her chances of survival to over 83%! Her team of doctors are contributing 50% of the cost of the this procedure and Maredith herself has managed to save $5,000 working multiple jobs. We are asking for your help to get Maredith the surgery she needs to literally save her life.

Maredith has spent the last 8 years raising money, walking in Rays of Hope and doing countless fundraisers to help breast cancer research in general. Never once asking for herself. We are asking for Maredith.

Be assured, every cent will go toward Maredith's surgery costs. And donations of ANY size are welcomed.

Giant strides begin with small steps.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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