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This fundraiser ended on 08/01/12

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The family and friends of Illyse Shirey are uniting to raise money to help fight this battle. Please show your support!

On May 2, 2000, Illyse was diagnosed with Stage IV Vulva Cancer and given 6 weeks to live. Thru experimental medicine (radiation and chemo), a partial vulvectomy, complete hysterectomy and much love and strength from her family and friends she beat it!
In October 2005, Todd and Illyse brought home their beautiful daughter, Meaghan, from Ukraine!!
In July of 2008, during a routine mammogram, a mass was found in one of Illyse's breasts and a bi-laterat mastectomy was performed with immediate reconstruction and once again cancer free.
Up to this point both Illyse and Todd were working full time and had amazing health insurance that covered 99% of eveything!
In April of 2009, the recession hit and Todd lost his job, in September of 2009, Illyse lost hers.
In March of 2010, opportunity knocked for Illyse and they moved to Las Vegas, where Illyse works full time and Todd is doing contract work.
On Thurday July 5, 2012, Illyse went to her routine GYN- Oncology appointment which turned out to be not so routine. There is a mass on the Vulva/Vaginal wall and a total pelvic exteneration (her bladder, vagina, rectum will all be removed and partially rebuilt) will be performed on July 30th. She has a PET scan scheduled this week to show completely how invasive the cancer is this time.

We don't know what the total expenses will be - but we felt we had to get something started to alleviate the stress on Illyse, Todd and Meaghan so that they can focus all of their energy and strength on winning this battle! The money donated will be used to pay for medical expenses and to help with daily living expenses while living on Illyse's short term disability income. Illyse, Todd and Meaghan need all your support and prayers to help them stay strong through this trial.
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