Life seemed to be pretty great. Until it wasn’t. I had just started a new nursing job in public health, returned from a great vacation with my husband and friends, and was 29 weeks pregnant with our second child. I felt a lump in my breast and on December 6th, 2019 everything changed. At age 36, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to 6 of my lymph nodes. I had surgery 2 weeks later with my son still in my belly. He would then be induced a month early so I could start an aggressive chemo regime one week after he was born, then 5 weeks of radiation and year-long targeted infusions. Woah. Caring for a newborn and toddler is hard enough...but throw in cancer and chemo...I knew we would need some serious help.
The Ellie Fund stepped in and generously helped offset the high cost of hiring a nighttime nurse, so my husband and I could get the rest we needed to focus on the fight of my life. I’ve been an athlete my entire life and I channeled some serious determination and strength. Fast forward, 15 months later and I’m about to complete my LAST infusion! My son is healthy, my family is happy, I have NO evidence of disease, and my energy level (and hair) are coming back :)
I am running with “Team Ellie” to say ‘thank you’ for supporting our family during the scariest, most unpredictable chapter of our lives.
Thank you to my family, friends, and community for the love and support you gave us through so many unknowns. The sun is shining again. I hope you’ll consider donating to this wonderful cause that I’m so proud to be a part of.
Donate to help Nicole raise money for The 2021 ASICS Falmouth Road Race’s fundraising campaign.
|Donation date||Donor name||Donation amount|
|Jul 23||Malone Family||Undisclosed amount|
|Jul 23||Jay Pisano||$50.00|
|Jul 23||Lauren McCullough||$109.85|
|Jul 22||Ed & Anne Whelan||Undisclosed amount|
|Jul 22||Mary Della Paolera||Undisclosed amount|
|Jul 22||Aunt Beth and Uncle Lenny||$55.35|
|Jul 21||Babich Family||Undisclosed amount|
|Jul 21||Rob & Kristian||$55.35|
|Jul 21||Matt Bradley||Undisclosed amount|
|Jul 21||Loren Tiede||$55.35|