THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY PAGE...HOWEVER......THIS PAGE IT IS FROM LAST YEAR AND I WOULD LOVE TO INVITE YOU TO THE 2020 PAGE FOR THIS YEAR! It is still called Steps for Sande and has a photo of my mom with some of the people she loved the most in it. Thank you!! XOXO!!!
As you all know, fighting cancer has been a passion of mine for years. My team, the Valley Girl's and Guy's has always walked and fundraised with the notion that if you cure one cancer you cure them all and now we are taking strides to fight for ALL cancers and keep all money local to do just that.
What you might not know is that this year will carry the most meaning of all for me and my family as this time it's personal. On January 16th, my beautiful mom Sande was diagnosed with metastatic Adenocarcinoma. Lung cancer that metastasized to her brain.
My mom who's never smoked a day in her life is now fighting for her life. On January 23rd she underwent brain surgery to remove 3 of 5 tumors and is currently in rehab to try to gain back feeling and movement on her left side.
This is just the beginning of a long hard road as she still has 2 large tumors in her lung (one the size of a baseball) and of course the remaining tumors in her brain. We find out soon what the next steps are. Stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, please support me on the most important walk so far and please send my mom positive energy and healing vibes. She needs it. I need it. Everything helps.
Love you all. Thank you.
*****UPDATE March 2019*****
Since mom's surgery on January 23rd she has gone through many weeks of rehab and was released from the hospital to continue at home and start radiation. She underwent brain radiation for 10 days and completed that gruelling process on Monday March 4th. On Thursday March 7th we went in for her first Oncology consultation where we finally received some much needed good news. The markers on the cancer came back positive for the EGFR mutation which means she does not have to undergo chemotherapy (for now) and instead will take oral medication for Targeted Mutation Therapy! She will then go in for CT scans every 2-3 months to see how well it is attacking the tumors in her lung. This was the best possibe scenario and we are so happy to finally have some positive news.
Mom is still understandably having her ups and downs physcially and emotionally and still does not have most of the use of her left side although PT and OT are continuing at their home so she may gain some use back with consistent hard work.
Thank you all so much for you continued support. It's overwhelming and there is no doubt we have the best support system we could ever imagine. XOXO!!!!
*****Update June 2019*****
As you know my mom fought a hard battle and succumbed to this awful disease on June 8th. I am heart broken and I miss her more than words can say. So many days I've wanted to pick up the phone to call her and I can't.
My mom is my hero and I just can't believe she is gone.
Thank you to everyone for your love and support during this time and always.
We MUST find a Cure.
Join TODAY and be a part of the inaugural Be The Hope Walk in Maple Valley, WA on July 20, 2019!
Presented by Valley Girls & Guys! Our goal is 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to Valley Girls & Guys, thanks to our generous sponsors.
We would also like to personally thank Les Schwab Tires, who is our Presenting Sponsor. To learn more about Les Schwab you can visit their website at http://www.lesschwab.com. Les Schwab is committed to supporting this event and Valley Girls & Guys!, and we look forward to walking with their employees and the Les Schwab Team in July!
One Day - One Big LOCAL Impact - Be The Hope
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019. TWO OPTIONS to be a part of MAPLE VALLEY HISTORY!
Walk 18 MILES with a fundraising commitment of $1800.00. Join a Team, Start a Team or Walk Independently. 18 miles represents the statistic that 1 in 8 will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime (our roots). OR
1.8 MILE Walk for those undergoing treatment, family members, supporters, EVERYONE aged toddler – 100+ yrs of age! Join a Team, Start a Team or Walk Independently- Fundraising Commitment - $180.00 per walker.
Virtual Walk Can't make it to Maple Valley on July 20, 2019? No problem, support the Cause and Walk 1.8 or 18 Miles in Your Own Community! Fundraise a minimum $80 for virtual walk and receive shirt and medal.
The Route is set. We will be making our way through beautiful Maple Valley with rest stops, medic stations and break points in and around Lake Wilderness Park, Summit Park and even the MV Farmer’s Market!
After the walk, STAY AND PLAY. We will celebrate w/ live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, vendors and a closing ceremony you will not forget! All participants (in either walk) receive a shirt and a keepsake souvenir.
Valley Girls & Guys formed a cancer-fighting 501c3 non-profit in 2014 and opened a cancer resource center (The Who House) that same year. The organization supports patients of ALL cancers through signature programs such as providing personalized blankets to those undergoing cancer treatment, granting scholarships to local high school seniors, assisting under/uninsured men and women with mammograms, and granting “Who Dreams” to those with a terminal diagnosis. The Valley Girls & Guys originated as a Susan G. Komen 3day team in 2007 and through their ten-year involvement, they raised over 3.3 million dollars to fight breast cancer globally. Now the focus is local treatment, local research, and local assistance.
The Here and Now:
In January 2018, Valley Girls & Guys made a targeted $100,000.00 donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital making it possible for ten (10) children to be the first ever recipients of a Solid Tumor Immunotherapy clinical trial. This donation was made in honor of our very own Hunter Coffman from Maple Valley.
By March 2018, Valley Girls and Guys committed $500,000.00 over the next five years, to Valley Medical Center/UW Med Center in Renton WA. These funds will be (and already have been) used to purchase and provide state of the art technology for the current cancer clinic and to expand and add cancer services at the new Comprehensive Cancer Center which is currently under construction.
Valley Girls and Guys has also made an annual commitment to the patient assistance fund at Valley Medical Center which will help those undergoing cancer treatment with some of life’s other necessities or needs.
With the most grateful heart,
Tina McDonough, Founder
Valley Girls & Guys!