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Helping Rita Lauricella

Helping Rita Lauricella

The year 2016 was meant to be a year of celebration, my mum Rita was turning 50 and my siblings; Joseph 24, Vanessa 19 and myself 22 were finishing up university ready to start our new career paths. However in February we received devastating news that our mum was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer. 

Being a non-smoker her entire life, healthy and no history of lung cancer in the family, it was a shock to all our family and friends. A CT scan confirmed that the cancer was affecting 4 lymph nodes on her right upper lobe of the lung. She began an intense course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for 6 weeks to shrink the tumour. She was scheduled to have surgery to remove the tumour however her surgeon discovered the cancer cells had spread to the lining of her chest wall and surgery was immediately aborted. 

It was a very hard time for my mum and the entire family, feeling very uncertain about the future. After 6 weeks, a decision was made to get my mum started on a drug called Nivolumab which was administered intravenously every 2 weeks. Unfortunately, after 5 treatments her oncologist decided to stop the treatment as the side effects resulted in pneumonitis; an inflammation of the lung. Over the next few months, we were spending more time at the hospital then at home. Her lung needed to be drained almost every 2 weeks due to accumulation of fluid which caused her heart to work over time. Even just to walk a couple of meters was a big struggle. It was very hard to see my mum in this state, she was barely able to breathe and we felt very helpless. 

While in hospital she needed multiple blood transfusions and was put on a high dose of steroids to stop the inflammation of her lung. Since August, she received no treatment as we have had to overcome all these side effects. Recently, test results confirmed that she has a rare genetic mutation called ROS1 that occurs in only 1-2% of lung cancer patients. 

Her oncologist suggested to get started as soon as possible on a target therapy tablet called Crizotinib as it has had very positive results. Unfortunately, it is not funded by the government and there is no compassionate funding available to patients. Our only option is to self fund the medication which is $7,500 a month (for one box). 

As you can imagine, not only do we have to suffer from this horrible disease but to have this financial burden to think about every day is distressing for my mum and my family. While my dad, brother, sister and myself are helping my mum as much as we can, paying $7,500 a month is going to become impossible to continue. 

I want my mum to have every chance of living a longer and cancer-free life and while my family will do everything we can to make this happen, we kindly ask for you to donate and support Rita to help fund her treatment. 

Thank You,

Melissa Lauricella 

Joyce, John and Tom Lo Piccolo and family
(55 days ago)
Your a strong woman Rita keep fighting. xxxxxxxxx
$300
Anonymous
(111 days ago)
$2
Joanne Elliott
(196 days ago)
Love you my friend xo
$500
Origlia family
(230 days ago)
From our advent calendar to you. All the best for the New Year xx
$184
MARIJA & BRETT WOODS & FAMILY
(237 days ago)
BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
$1,000
Daubeny Family
(248 days ago)
Always thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Xoxo
$500
Mr Miro Grbac
(248 days ago)
All the best Rita Xox
$500
Joe and Cecilia Grbac
(249 days ago)
WISH YOU ALL THE BEST RITA XX
$1,000
GRBAC AND WOODS FAMILY KK
(249 days ago)
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HOPE IT'S A HOOT AND ALL THE BEST XX
$600
Dan and Karen
(251 days ago)
Part 2! Keep Fighting!
$100
The Avola Family
(251 days ago)
Get well soon Rita
$2,000
The Giampino family
(252 days ago)
Thinking of you always! Our prayers are with you xx
$200
Rita & Rob Attard
(254 days ago)
Best Wishes to you Rita and family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always! Xx
$100
Gillian and David Spiteri
(254 days ago)
Thinking of you Rita and wishing you all the very best. God bless xx
$100
Rita Massimo/Giurdanella, Jessica and family
(258 days ago)
All the best with your treatment and we wish you all the power to fit this disease.
$100
Lusi Family
(259 days ago)
Always in our prayers
$200
Ursini Family
(259 days ago)
Always thinking of you
$250
Giovanna Schiavello & Family
(259 days ago)
Thinking of you and all the very best
$300
Ann Beecroft
(261 days ago)
$200
Steph Beecroft & Sam Hedditch
(261 days ago)
$300
Giuliano Senese
(264 days ago)
😊
$100
Dan and Karen
(264 days ago)
Part 1 donation! Keep strong!
$100
Angelina and Bob Giuliano
(267 days ago)
Wishing you all the best Rita
$150
Adrienne & Peter
(268 days ago)
Rita you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Get well soon. XXXOOO
$2,000
Violet Luci
(268 days ago)
$350
Vukovic Family
(268 days ago)
So sorry to hear what you've been going through Rita. Hope all goes well with your treatment. Xoxo
$500
Phil the physio
(268 days ago)
keep fighting
$500
Barb and Anton and family
(268 days ago)
Always in our thoughts Rita.
$1,000
Anonymous
(269 days ago)
$20
Adele vetrano
(269 days ago)
Hope you get all the donations you need mel xxxx
$20
Eva
(269 days ago)
Love you Mel, hope your mum and the family get through this xx
$50
Maxine Cavaggion
(269 days ago)
Our Thoughts and prayers are with you always
$1,000
Emma Cavaggion
(269 days ago)
Get well soon Rita xoxo
$500
Salvia Family
(270 days ago)
Wishing you all the best!
$100
Paul Hussey
(270 days ago)
$50
Claude and Marissa
(270 days ago)
$2,000
Michaela Bidmade
(271 days ago)
$50
Praying for you Rita! With love, the Giuffre Family
(272 days ago)
$200
Chiara & Jonathan Robinson
(272 days ago)
You are in my heart and thoughts stay positive and get well
$300
Nick McArthur
(272 days ago)
$100
Vince Maria Monica Olivia
(272 days ago)
Our thoughts are with you Get well soon
$100
Alba Virgona
(272 days ago)
Get well soon xx
$50
Stefano Senese
(272 days ago)
$20
Luke Agostino
(272 days ago)
$100
Paul, Vania and family
(272 days ago)
All our love cuz xox
$2,000
Frank & Mary Cavaggion
(273 days ago)
Stay positive and get better soon xx
$5,000
Anonymous
(273 days ago)
$100
Debbie, Fred and Kira Lux
(273 days ago)
Stay strong and may God bless you for a speedy recovery xxx
$50
Julia F and family
(273 days ago)
Wishing you all the best <3
$150
Rebecca and Marcus Cavaggion
(273 days ago)
Thinking of you Rita with love ❤️❤️❤️
$200
Andrew and Trudy Cavaggion
(273 days ago)
We hope and pray for you to get better soon always in our thoughts ❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋🌺🌺🌺
$1,000
Julie, Mark and Peter
(273 days ago)
With prayers and blessings we hope for the best
$1,000
Teresa Tripepi & Family
(273 days ago)
God Bless you and keep you strong!
$50
Amal
(273 days ago)
Stay Strong! xx
$150
Stephanie & Cimino Family
(273 days ago)
$100
Friend of Chiara
(273 days ago)
$50
Clara Mercier
(274 days ago)
All my support to you and your family Joseph
$30
Martin Mason
(274 days ago)
Stay strong, happiness and laughter they say is the best cure.
$50
Romas family
(274 days ago)
$50
Tony& LisaMarinelli
(274 days ago)
Always have faith
$500
Anonymous
(274 days ago)
$50
Annette Tabet
(274 days ago)
Get well soon
$300
SM FAMILY
(274 days ago)
Always thinking of you
$100
Alicia luci
(274 days ago)
$100
Negrin family
(274 days ago)
Wishing you luck with your treatment and a healthy recovery xo
$100
Anonymous
(274 days ago)
$40
Jade Williams
(274 days ago)
$20
Elisa Crisara
(274 days ago)
God bless xx
$100
Chris, Julia and Stefanie Poropat
(274 days ago)
Thinking of you Rita!
$300
Anonymous
(274 days ago)
$20
Angela Occhipinti
(274 days ago)
Wishing you all the best with your treatment. Thinking of your.
$100
Joseph Lauricella
(274 days ago)
Love you Mum
$1,500
Gabbie
(274 days ago)
$50
Connie & Gino Senese
(274 days ago)
Wishing you a healthy and quick recovery xxx
$1,000
Natalie and Rose Tsekouras
(274 days ago)
We love you Rita! We're always praying that you will receive complete healing xoxo
$100
Vanessa Lauricella
(274 days ago)
Love you and miss you mum
$800
Brent
(274 days ago)
Thinking of you and your family ❤️
$30
Giuliano Senese
(274 days ago)
This is for you Rita! <3
$220
Jayson
(274 days ago)
I hope this small gesture helps. Keep fighting.
$50
Danny and Maria Mason and Family.
(274 days ago)
Good luck. Stay strong and keep positive.
$200
Darcy
(274 days ago)
❤️
$20
Michael Uberti
(274 days ago)
Good luck, wishing you all the best.
$20
Mickster
(274 days ago)
God's speed for a successful recovery.
$20
Kristian
(275 days ago)
$20
Claude & Marissa
(275 days ago)
$500
McGrath Family
(275 days ago)
I've been on Xalkori for just over 2 years. I wish for you to have great results too.
$10
Kiara Jones and family
(275 days ago)
Thinking of you xx
$250
Matthew Rossi
(275 days ago)
$10
The Origlia family
(275 days ago)
$200
Sevie
(275 days ago)
$200
James Cavaggion & Lauren Manning
(275 days ago)
Stay strong 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 Xxxx
$500
Andrew Cavaggion Alysha Negrin
(275 days ago)
Get better soon!!! Xx
$500
Melissa Lauricella
(275 days ago)
I love you mum <3
$1,000
Richard and Kate Vines
(275 days ago)
All the best. Keep Strong.
$250
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$36,956
raised of $100,000 Goal
donations