The More Moments More Memories Foundation is dedicated to helping cancer patients with unmet financial needs access life-saving clinical trials. If you lack the financial means to participate in an oncology clinical trial that could improve the quality and quantity of your life, we may be able to help. Here are the stories of people we've helped access clinical trials.
In 2018, Joyce was diagnosed with stage IV malignant melanoma. She had brain surgery to remove a tumor, followed by Gamma Knife Pinpoint radiation. Her clinical trial is shrinking the three remaining tumors. During treatment, she moved, which required a great deal more travel to get to her trial site. “I am so grateful for the grant More Moments More Memories has given me. This grant has truly helped me by providing funds for me to pay for gas, airfare, rental car, hotel, parking fees, and has also given me a meal allowance on treatment days. Without the help of MMMM, I would not have been able to go back to get the treatment I need. It’s been said that ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed.’ No words could better describe what MMMM has done for me.”
Wendy began a long battle with multiple myeloma in 2016. In early 2019, she qualified for Car-T Cell therapy in a clinical trial nearly 2,000 miles from home. Wendy’s husband and caretaker Dennis shared, "More Moments More Memories was there for us. We received a grant from MMMM that made it financially possible for us to be patients in the clinical trial. After staying at the hospital for more than two months following the procedure, we traveled to NYC throughout the year. The trial has been magnificent. Wendy now has no traceable cancer. It could not have been done without your financial travel blessing. Being with Wendy at every turn whether the hospital, countless meetings with doctors, or painful bone biopsies has been immeasurable and satisfying. The support from MMMM took away lots of the potential stress for the amount of travel we have done, and the huge financial cost. Things like this are crucial for healing from cancer. MMMM has been an invisible advocate for every turn of every corner."
One of Leah's main concerns about participating in a clinical trial was travel; she would have to drive 8-10 hours in one day. After one of her first visits, she got shingles, triggered by the stress of rush hour traffic in Boston and anxiety around starting the trial. Taking the bus or breaking up the travel by staying in a hotel were both good options that she couldn't afford. "I heard about the More Memories More Moments Foundation, applied and was awarded a grant. All the stress around making the trip disappeared. My outlook on the trial also changed — I went from feeling hesitant and anxious to feeling optimistic and supported. I felt like I could do it. And I felt like other people wanted to help me do it. In this way, the award serves as both a financial and an emotional support. Other people know this is hard and they want to help. I’m grateful to the founders for creating the Foundation. Their funding helps makes my participation in the trial doable. And that’s something that can benefit me, and others down the road." - Leah
Maylen was diagnosed with stage 4 Synovial Sarcoma at age 40. "My cancer journey has been hard because of its [Synovial Sarcoma's] rarity; luckily my primary care doctor referred me to a specialist in sarcoma, a doctor in Southern California that not only has compassion but was able to offer chemotherapy treatment through a clinical trial that has promising tumor reduction effects. Although the treatment sounded perfect, there was just one problem: the sarcoma center was far and [travel] was financially burdening. I worried for how long I could continue going with my limited income. That is the reason I am beyond grateful for the grant More Moments More Memories has awarded me. This grant has tremendously helped me by providing funds for me to for pay for gas, parking fees and given me a meal allowance on the days I get treatment. Without this grant I don’t know what I would have done." - Maylen
Lianne was diagnosed at 37 with stage 2 breast cancer, treated with chemotherapy, double mastectomy, radiation and declared cancer free. At 39, her cancer returned as stage 4 with metastasis to her brain. She is now being treated with a novel clinical trial therapy in Boston that can provide more time with the people she loves. "I am at a loss for words. I don't even know how to say thank you for something this amazing. I truly am so appreciative. To not have to worry about how I will pay for the next trip...what friend can I ask for miles, what credit card has room, can my parents move around more money from their retirement, and so on....what an absolute gift. THANK YOU." - Lianne
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“Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot silence courage, it cannot invade the soul, it cannot steal eternal life, it cannot conquer the spirit.”
Nick, March 28, 1986 - August 29, 2018. Nick battled brain cancer for many years. Doctor visits, sometimes several times a month at four hours one way, became normal for his family. "Words cannot describe how much this grant helped our family. I didn't realize how much we were traveling until I could use this grant to pay for it, leaving more money for healthy groceries and some fun activities with our kids. When my husband's cancer came back, we also had to sell our herd of dairy cattle — our main source of income. With medical bills coming in and four small children to support, we needed to be as conservative as possible with our money. Without this grant, I'm afraid we would have built up credit card debt that would burn through our savings much faster," said Nick's wife, Jessie. "I am so grateful that this opportunity is available for cancer patients. It was so unbelievably nice to be on the road and not have to worry about how we would pay for the gas or lunch. I cannot wait until we are in a better position to donate back to this cause. It truly makes such a difference! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so much!"
Belinda, May 30, 1971 - January 1, 2018. At 46, Belinda had stage 4 breast cancer that metastasized to the liver and brain. After exhausting all available treatment options, she received a clinical trial treatment in Chicago. The trial helped Belinda have more moments and memories with her three children.
Kelsey, August 21, 1985-December 13, 2018. Kelsey was first diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer at age 31. It was stage 3, and Kelsey underwent chemotherapy, a double mastectomy without reconstruction, and more than 30 rounds of radiation. She was in remission for a few months, but a routine CT scan revealed metastasis in her bones. “The doctor explained we would just start with one treatment and when it failed, move to the next. And they would all fail. We didn’t feel like that was something we could accept, so I began the search for clinical trials. I ended up at MD Anderson, 1,200 miles round trip from home. We were worried about how we would continue going because we had exhausted all our funds, credit cards, some family and friends helped too. Without the financial help, I never would have had this opportunity for cutting-edge treatments. I can’t thank you enough!”
Ron, March 9, 1947-April 12, 2018. "This is the best news I've received in years. Without this funding I would have to drop out of the clinical trial in St. Louis which has been showing progress on treating my cancer." - Ron
Lisa, June 21, 1970-January 29, 2019. "One day, on our road trip out to Seattle, Steve and I were able to drive through the Badlands National Park and Mt. Rushmore. For that one day, I forgot I was even sick. It was like I was just on vacation. This grant means the world to Steve and I. Thank you!"
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