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Meet Dayna. She's a young, loving mother of a vibrant two-year old. She also has a Grade 4 glioblastoma.

After fleeing an abusive marriage, Dayna began raising her daughter Maddie on her own without the aid of child support. Together they've created a wonderful life, filled with walks to the park, reading books, and playing with Maddie's Legos. They have a loving church family, and enjoy being as involved as possible with their local town. Dayna has always had the gift of creating a sense of community wherever she goes, and enjoys get-togethers with family and friends. She is a writer, lover of travel, and a musician.

Until recently, Dayna was a bank teller, with many beloved clients, and Madeleine was in a fabulous preschool where she enjoyed learning her alphabet and how to count. But, then a few months ago Dayna began needing to leave work early quite often due to debilitating headaches. During the following several months she had several appointments at a local clinic, but was never diagnosed with anything more than a sinus infection. Eventually, her caring employers urged her to go to the emergency room. After being essentially turned away at the local hospital, Dayna's friend Ann drove her everywhere until someone agreed to scan her head, which resulted in the discovering of a large tumor along with hydrocephalus. The very next morning she had surgery.

That was February 6th. Tests of the tumor resulted in a diagnosis of a Grade 4 Glioblastoma—a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Glioblastomas (GBM) arise from astrocytes, the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.

As Dayna faces a future filled with many surgeries and treatments, she and Maddie have had to leave their wonderful home, community and friends and move to a new part of the state in order to closer to the best possible care. And, unfortunately many of her treatments are not covered by insurance. In addition to her medical expenses, she will be unable to work, so will have no income to cover transportation needs, child care or other basic living expenses.

Please help! Donations of ANY size are greatly appreciated! #Hope4Dayna

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