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Fundraiser 3301 Brooke Vittimberga's Fundraiser

Brooke's Young Adult Survivorship/GVHD Research Fund 

Fundraiser Date
Apr 9 - Dec 8, 2018

Fundraising

Your donations fund lifesaving children’s cancer research

$685 raised
$10,000 goal

Message

My name is Brooke and I have been a St. Baldrick's Honored Kid since June 2015, when I was diagnosed with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 19. I was treated at Children's Hospital Oakland, where I achieved remission in August 2015 and had a bone marrow transplant on September 24, 2015.

In the beginning, surviving seemed like the ultimate goal. Now, over 2.5 years post transplant, I struggle to see survival as a victory. Since my transplant, I have suffered acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in my gut, skin, eyes, liver, and mouth. I have also suffered complications ranging from acute kidney injury necessitating dialysis to a tacrolimus-induced grand mal seizure to permanent alopecia.

Our kids, including me, deserve more than surviving. We deserve to thrive. The research isn't there yet - we still don't understand the mechanisms behind GVHD. My goal is to establish a Hero Fund dedicated toward young adult survivorship and chronic GVHD. To start this fund, I need to raise $10,000. You can help by donating here. You can also redirect any funds you have raised in the past year (including from head shaving) to this fund by contacting me directly.

My St. Baldrick's Honored Kid profile: https://www.stbaldricks.org/kids/mypage/7735

An article I wrote last June for St. Baldrick's: https://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/a-survivor-speaks-dont-find-my-silver-linings-for-me

For more on my experience with AML, BMT, GVHD, and young adult survivorship, see my blog at AMLetc.com. 


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Kids Honored

Brooke Vittimberga
  • Age 22
  • Orinda, CA US
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • In remission

Donor List

  • $500 - $999

    Bob, Susan, Kathryn and Shannon Stabler

  • $1 - $99

    Griffin Dietz

  • Gita Krishna

  • Anonymous

  • Alexandria Smith

  • Melanie Brucks

  • Jana P

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