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The family of Gina Pinho is uniting to raise money to help with her battle against brain cancer. Any support you can give is appreciated!

The week of Thanksgiving in 2010 and 3 weeks after turning 40, Gina was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, stage 4 glioblastoma.

On November 23, 2010, Gina and her family began their normal day, however as the day progressed Gina noticed her speech was slurred and she felt off balance. This quickly turned into the entire left side of her body becoming numb and then having a seizure.

After being rushed to the ER and having numerous tests a mass was found on her brain. At first, the doctors thought it was a virus due to the presentation of the mass. A biopsy had to be done to be sure. The doctors felt 99% sure it was a virus prior to the procedure. As her husband John, their 3 daughters, family and friends waited for the results they were hopeful. When the procedure was done and the surgeon came out his face told it all. The family was unprepared for the devastating news that it was in fact a rare form of brain cancer.

Two surgeries have been performed, one to relieve pressure on the brain and the other to try and remove the masses found. Due to this, Gina has lost her independence, she can no longer work or drive again. Her husband, John has since quit his job in order to take care of her and their children.

Gina is extremely hopeful, her spirit is strong and she has the will to survive. Although she is currently going through chemotherapy and radiation she still has the energy to give her family the love they need.

We are hoping to raise money for medical expenses, the cost of daily living and for one of Gina's dreams - to help her children through college. This will be difficult since it is necessary for both John and Gina to solely focus on her health. We are hoping to give them some peace during this time of struggle. All of your generous contributions are greatly appreciated and will help to ease the worries caused by this devastating disease.



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