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This fundraiser ended on 12/22/12

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What if there were a treatment option that could prolong, improve, or even save your loved one's life, but you could not afford it?

Everyone knows or remembers April Romey (Ranta). Her outgoing, genuinely loving, honest and opinionated nature, coupled with that one of a kind laugh. Unforgetable!

April brings laughter everywhere she goes! Not one person who knows her has a lack of stories to tell. Her vivacious spirit has touched every life that has crossed her path.

In 1997, when she thought she couldn't love life any more, her son Devon, was born...two against the world. Another pair have never been so close. On Mother's Day, 2003, April (26) met Cole Romey. Another chapter began. It was going to be an amazing summer!

That summer, on April's 27th birthday, she was diagnosed with extremely rare Rhabdomyosarcoma (usually a child's disease). Overnight, her entire life had changed.

Over the last decade, for the sake of her family, love of life and her young son, April has braved western medicine's brutal regiments, year after year.

This agressive cancer has required exceedingly harsh chemotherapy, multiple radiation treatments and numerous surgeries. Originating in her head, face and neck, she has had facial reconstruction using bones and grafts from her leg and thigh. Words and summations cannot express the hardships. Numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation have taken their toll. But April has, true to form, brought laughter and life with her through it all. Just ask her doctors and nurses!

In November 2011, April was told that her options in the United States are narrowing. But there are treatments outside of the United States that have had strong success with agressive sarcomas like April's. They are willing to work with her case.

Because these options are outside the United States, costs are not covered by insurance.

April will see her son graduate from high school in 2015; a goal that she has marched toward and held dear for many years. She has as much light and life and laughter in her as she ever has. She is ever-hopeful for herself and her family.

...Imagine having this kind of hope on the horizon, but being left without the financial arm to reach it.

NOW it is time to expand; she needs our help.

45,000 Dollars
12 Weeks
1 Chance

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