Help Cassie to fight her biggest battle yet!

Campaign creator Cassandra Gabara
Fundraising for Cassandra Gabara
$9,550 raised
32%
GOAL $30,000
81 donations
 
since May 2018
 
 
 
 

I have set up this page for my cousin Cassie, she has recently been re-diagnosed with brain cancer, here is her story....

Back in 2009, Cassie was diagnosed with a large brain tumour. She successfully underwent surgery and treatment. Cassie had a beautiful daughter in 2012 and got married in 2013. The tumour has returned and she now has a massive fight ahead of her.

Anyone that meets Cassandra immediately loves her, with her quirky sense of humour and her infectious chipmunk laugh. Even with everything going on in her life she still is so positive and has so much love to give.

Back in 2009, Cassie was living in Chatswood with her partner Kamahl and working in Bondi as a scuba diving instructor. After coming out of the water after a dive she had a seizure where she had no control of her left side. Immediately, she was rushed to hospital where (after many tests) she was informed that she had a large brain tumour. Within a week, the tumour was removed and we found out that it was a Grade 2 Astrocytoma. Following the operation Cassie had been monitored regularly (every 6 months) with MRI’s to check on her progress.

Since the tumour removal Cassandra and Kamahl have had a beautiful daughter Ariela in 2012 and were married in 2013. Cassie could no longer pursue her diving instructor career so started studying teaching, which she is due to graduate from in June this year (2018).
In 2016 a routine MRI showed that there was slight growth, so a month of radiotherapy was done. Following that, the MRI scans were changed to every three months to keep an eye on things. It began to shrink and everything looked good.

May 9th 2018, a routine 3 month scan showed a large growth (5 x 4.5 x 3.5cm) had filled the old cavity within 3 months. It was removed May 15th. It was removed May 15th and the biopsy results show that it is a Grade 4 Glioblastoma. She will now start temozolomide indefinetly to hopefully stop it from returning.

Cassie has a fight now to get back to her amazing self to try to finish her studies and graduate, which have been pushed back right now and all the while being a wonderful mum to her daughter. Alongside chemotherapy, Cassie is hoping to get some treatment at the National Institute of Innovative Medicine (NIIM) - niim.com.au. This will help to help boost her immune system which will make the chemo more effective. Cassandra is hoping to start treatment at NIIM in Melbourne and then follow up treatment in Sydney. These treatments are quite expensive and only a small amount is covered by private health cover.
This brings me to why we have set up this campaign. We are hoping that anyone that would like to help out in any small way (every dollar helps) would please donate a few dollars to go toward the upcoming months of treatments that Cassie will be undergoing. Also to help with the pressure that needing to travel interstate will put on her husband and daughter.

We hope that advances in cancer treatment will come up in the very near future that will take away the need to be on constant chemo tablets. In the meantime Cassie needs to give this her everything!

Please keep Cassie in your prayers and thank you for taking the time to read her story.

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updates

27
May
Grateful is my mantra.
I have brain cancer. This is still such a surreal thing to say out loud. I've spent the last week at home processing the diagnosis and recovering from surgery. I am recovering well, better than my last surgery. This week I was supposed to have been sitting my final exams for my teaching degree. These have been deferred until next trimester along with my final professional experience - phew! Compared to my last surgery, cognitively I'm more 'with it' this time and the wound is feeling much better every day. The kind messages, food, flowers, offers of help and donations from friends and complete strangers are truly uplifting. Thank you! It is for my family and supporters that I pull up my socks and am getting on with it. I CAN get through this! Please don't be offended if I don't answer the phone or reply to messages, being fully present for Ariela is my priority at the moment. A few people have asked about my future treatment costs with concern and whether we are getting close to being funded. In short, I just don't know. This Tuesday I'll be seeing the oncologist and then I'll know what my chemotherapy schedule will be. After that, I can plan a trip to Melbourne to the NIIM so as to have some tests done and make a plan for complimentary therapies. When I know, I'll update this page.
Cassie
19
May
I want to say a huge heartfelt thanks to all of the people who have sent messages and donations. It has been a tough week. I'm at home now and love being with my girl. The pathology results indicate a progression to a Glioblastoma which sux balls. The kind messages, generosity and offers of assistance are so greatly appreciated. I feel so blessed to have so many supportive people around me. My dearest, Matthew Dale the fundraising page was a big surprise and the generous donations are greatly appreciated. Fund will be used towards complimentary therapies at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne so as to support health whilst undergoing chemotherapy regiments in the near future.
Love you all.
Cassie x
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$9,550 raised
32%
GOAL $30,000
81 donations
 
since May 2018
 
Fundraising for
Cassandra Gabara
This is the story of my cousin Cassie... In 2009, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She had surgery & treatment which were successful. Cassie had a beautiful daughter in 2012 & also got married. The brain tumour recently came back, she has had surgery and now has a massive fight ahead.
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Mount Victoria NSW
 
 

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