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The family and friends of Annette Ruggiero Pauly are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against cancer. Please show your support

We've all heard that life can change in an instant. Well, I never realized how true that saying was until it happened to my sister Annette. Annette is a single mother of two beautiful girls Rebecca and Leigha that love and need each other more then words can say. They are a tender family that is united in the cause of supporting Annette in her battle with a rare form of cancer called Gray Zone Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Annette was diagnosed in July with a large malignant mass in her chest between her lungs and heart which is too dangerous to be removed by surgery. She has endured four biopsies including a bone marrow biopsy, multiple CT scans, MRI’s, and countless blood tests. She has also had procedures to treat two complete blockages of her carotid arteries (the two major arteries that supply the head with blood). Currently she is being administered a super high dose of “ICE” chemotherapy at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.

Strong willed and a true blessed soul Annette has a tough battle ahead of her but she is doing what she needs to do for her family. She is the bravest person I know as she continues to keep her positive attitude and her sense of humor through this terrible ordeal. For the months ahead the majority of her days will include chemotherapy (and all of the effects that brings), radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, and more chemotherapy.

Although she does have healthcare insurance, it does not pay all of the bills for all of these hospital stays, medical procedures, tests, biopsies, travel into the city and expensive medications that she has to take daily. Due to the disease and the continuous treatments, she had to go out on disability which drastically reduced her income and has left her family with an ongoing financial burden. That is why we are asking for your help.

The friends and family of Annette are uniting to raise money to help her deal with her mounting medical bills. Thanks for all the support and prayers for Annette and our family as she battles through this trial. She will beat this!

Annette's parents, John and Rose Ruggiero, will help administer any donations not made on this website to Annette's account on her behalf. If you would like to mail in contributions, make your check out to "Annette Pauly" and mail it to:

John and Rose Ruggiero
339 Collins Ave
Mount Vernon, NY 10552

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