Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Elizabeth Lodowski

Dearest Friends and Family,

Thank you all for your support of our dear friend, sister, cousin, niece and daughter Elizabeth throughout this difficult time.

Elizabeth was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in November, a couple days after her sister Sarah’s wedding. Elizabeth loved being there by her sister’s side that special weekend and was her usual energetic, gregarious, smiley self -- dancing up a storm at the reception -- so it came as a shock to us when we found out she had cancer.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare bone cancer that often appears in children and young adults. It usually must be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. It can be anywhere in the body; Elizabeth’s tumor is located on the side of her neck close to the spine. She is nearing the end of her initial six rounds of chemo. Each treatment is a 21 day cycle beginning with chemo being administered for the first 4 days of that cycle. Following these rounds of treatment, Elizabeth will undergo surgery to remove the rest of the tumor. The hope is that the surgeons can remove all of it, but because of its location near the spine, she may have to go through radiation treatment and possibly more chemotherapy.

Elizabeth was uprooted from Seattle to move back to Houston for care at Methodist Hospital and to surround herself with her loving family. Methodist Hospital offers the resource of the CarePages website, where Elizabeth communicates with her friends and family about what she is going through. CarePages is a great way for us to participate in Elizabeth’s journey regardless of where we are in the world to form a community of support around her, her family and each other. Her page can be found at this link:

Elizabeth’s last round of chemo is Monday, February the 21st. To celebrate her life and the completion of this round of treatment, we are holding a benefit on February 17th in Houston to assist Elizabeth with her medical expenses. This benefit is a chance to financially support Elizabeth, but, more importantly, to be there with her to give her the strength she needs to enter the next stage of treatment and beat this cancer for good. Elizabeth has always been selfless, generous, supportive and kind. Her big heart and continued positivity throughout this difficult time serves as a constant inspiration to us all. The fundraiser is a way to collectively show her how much we appreciate her inspiration and give back to her.

Helping Hands Ministries has set up an account, the Elizabeth Lodowski Medical Project, to help Elizabeth’s family and friends make the process of giving to her easier as well as tax deductible. Helping Hands receives donations via Master Card, Discover, Visa and checks made payable to Helping Hands Ministries with the Elizabeth Lodowski Medical Project written on the memo line of the check. Donations will be accepted during the benefit or can be mailed to:

Helping Hands Ministries,
PO Box 337
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.

Donations can also be made on the website at:
At this site, select "Medical Project" for the Project Category and in the "Project" drop box select (Lodowski, Elizabeth) from the list.
Please feel free to invite others to attend the benefit.

Thank you all for being there for Elizabeth. It means a lot to her and her family.

With love and appreciation

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