Liv Strong

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During October of 2017, I started to feel a sharp pain in my right glute during cross country practice. Thinking it was nothing more than a running injury, I started rolling out and stretching more consistently and went about my way. Flash forward to December and the pain has only gotten worse. I could no longer sit in a chair for over fifteen minutes and I was in too much pain to sit in a classroom, let alone do any sort of schoolwork. Eventually, I couldn't run winter track and instead had to start physical therapy for what we thought was just a terrible case of sciatica.

Finally, on December 23rd, after countless sleepless nights and missed school days, I had an MRI that revealed a mass near my sacrum. And on December 26th I had a surgical biopsy which revealed that mass to be a rare form of bone/soft tissue cancer known as Ewing's Sarcoma.

I would then go on to complete 14 rounds of rounds of multiple intense chemotherapies, over 30 sessions of proton beam radiation therapy, two weeks of lung radiation, and numerous infusions of a trial drug.

Despite spending the majority of my days in a hospital bed or a cancer center, I still managed to fulfil my senior year credits and graduate on time with the rest of my class. And in the effort of giving back, I also spoke at various golf outings, galas, and even appeared on CBS this morning to advocate for the Valerie Fund.

It has been roughly one and a half years since I was diagnosed with cancer and I am so happy to say that I am currently NED (no evidence of disease aka in remission). In the Fall I will be starting my freshman year of college at the University of Maryland—but in the meantime I have been working at the Salad House of Westfield and interning/writing a cathartic blog for the Valerie Fund.

Cancer has forever changed my life and I will never be the same person I was before. Because no matter what the prognosis is, a cancer diagnosis is lifelong. The pain, the anger, and the fear of relapse are just a few of the components that make up the enormous burden a cancer patient has to carry with her everyday.

Having a place like the Valerie Fund, though, makes it easier.

I have received such incredible love and support from the Valerie Fund since day one. It is my hope that every kid that receives a cancer diagnosis is met with the same care.
Please consider making a donation or come join me and the rest of team Liv Strong on June 8th as we walk and run to raise money for the Valerie Fund.

Our Team

Aidan Morrison $45
Alex Campbell $35
Andrew Butcher $35
Anna Dunchus $45
Anonymous $52
Anonymous $25
Anonymous $25
Anonymous $43
Benjamin Moore $1030
Bronwen Morrison $35
Catanzaro Family $52
Catherine Morrison $35
Chelsea Frisch $37
Christopher Franks $38
Claire Campbell $35
Claire Maizes $45
Daniel Morrison $285
Danielle Vo $45
Darlene Rigney $35
Donna Nickdow $385
- So happy to be a part of Liv Strong and that’s exactly what you’ve been doing these last 18 months! Love you!!
Edward Rigney $168
Elizabeth Benjamin $52
Elizabeth Gunter $125
- Lots of love from Liz, Reed, and Peyton
Elizabeth Rigney $555
- Love you Liv!
Ellen McCarthy $50.00
Emily Saraco $35
Emma Franks $45
Emma Franks $45
Gary Dunchus $45
Gregory Nickdow $515
Jake Rigney $45
Jam Kancer in the Kan Foundation Fund $500
- In honor of Olivia Morrison and the Salad House fundraising initiative
Jane Franks $37
Jane Franks $52
Joanne Rigney $566
Joseph Rigney $45
Joseph Rigney $35
Josephine Grevers $35
Joshua Mendelson $11
Kathleen Rigney $165
Kelly Morrison $45
Kerry Thorburn $26
- Best of luck!
Kristen Denaver $35
Kyle Rigney $45
Lauren Rigney $35
Lindsey Sharlow $37
Lisa Harding $26
Loretta Morrison $35
Loretta Morrison $1030
- We love you so much Olivia, and we are beyond proud of you!!! ❤️ Mom, Dad, Kelly, Aidan and Millie
MONICA FINKEL $52
Madeline Berry $45
Mary Jane Franks $515
- ❤️ you Liv!
Maya Dunchus $35
Mike Nickdow $155
Nadja Ellman $45
Nancy Butcher $65
- Your message of strength, hope and gratitude for the loving support you have is so inspiring and deeply moving, I am so proud to be part of the Liv Strong team.
Nancy Heydt $35
Neil Morrison $51
Nesta Morrison $35
Olivia Morrison
Peter Morrison $35
Peter Morrison $200
- So proud of you Liv! Honored and inspired by your strength. Love you!
ROBERT MORRISON $35
Salad House Fundraiser $6234
Sean Campbell $35
Stephen Wallace $309
The Blake Family $100
The Weequahic Guys, Inc. $1000
Trevor Reynolds $35

Our GOAL
$22,000.00

$15,818.00

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