South Orange Family Asks Community to Help Fund a "Miracle for Monet"
Friday, June 13, 2014 • 3:03pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The family and friends of local mom Monet Armenia are rallying support for her fight against breast cancer. Having successfully beating it back six years ago, her cancer has returned and has metastasized to her bones, liver, lungs, and now to her brain and spine. It is also resisting all the conventional treatments her doctors have tried, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
Funds are now being raised to allow her to undertake alternative treatments, which insurance will not cover. An online fundraising campaign is underway and is nearing 50% of its goal. Click here to learn more and help with this effort: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/miracle-for-monet/189413.
From the YouCaring web page:
If you’ve met Monet, then you already know what a special and truly amazing woman she is. If you haven’t, well then allow us to tell you.
Monet exemplifies what it means to be full of life. She is extremely dedicated to her family and friends, especially to her husband Joe and, most of all, their two sons —Aidan, 9 and Jackson, 7. She is beautiful in every sense of the word; truly genuine, with a sense of giving that is infectious, and a beauty that has lit up this world for the past 42 years and all of ours.
Six years ago, at the age of 36, when her kids were 3 and 1, Monet was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite thinking that she had successfully battled it with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, it metastasized: first to her bones, then her liver and lungs, and now, most recently to her brain and spine. Unfortunately, the numerous lines of hormonal, chemo, and targeted therapies she has tried have not been effective, and she has exhausted all conventional options.
With no remaining hope from traditional therapies, she has been exploring alternative medical options. Through this, she has found renewed hope. The doctors Monet has been speaking to offer a number of options that have worked in the treatment of complex cancer like hers, where conventional medicine has not.
However, these treatments are quite expensive.
Because a few are still in trial phases, or are only approved in other countries (as well as not being covered by insurance), pursuing these options will require a significant financial commitment. (For example, one option which will require Monet to travel internationally, costs $10,000 for the initial treatment and then $7,000 per month until the disease is under control). Monet wouldn’t be doing this if these treatments didn’t have such a high success rate. Knowing how well these treatments have worked for others, Monet is willing to do whatever it takes to continue her fight.
And now she is asking for your help. Many of Monet’s friends and family are joining together in an effort to raise the money she needs to pursue these treatments. Unfortunately, due to how much her disease has progressed, time is of the utmost essence. We need to begin these treatments within a matter of weeks.
Monet’s will, and the love we all have for her, is far stronger than this disease. We hope that you will join us in these efforts by making an immediate donation to this campaign. On behalf of Monet, Joe, Aidan and Jackson as well as all of her family, we offer you our most sincere gratitude.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO DONATE DIRECTLY YOU CAN SEND CHECKS TO:
P.O. Box 286783
New York, NY 10128
ATTN: MIRACLE FOR MONET