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Welcome to TEAM ABBY Gives! TEAM ABBY Gives was created to unite Abby’s supporters, and all those wanting to get involved, to help us fight for better treatments for all children battling cancer. Read about Abby's story here, see who is, or has been, fundraising for St. Baldrick's in honor of Abby, and see what you can do!
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Abby Furco is a spunky girl. She loves the colors green and blue. She loves reading, going to camp, playing Minecraft, and spending time with her sisters & friends.

In February 2011, at the age of 4, Abby was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Pre-B ALL), the most common type of leukemia seen in children. A couple of weeks later, genetic testing revealed that there was a unique gene translocation identified as Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive. Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is harder to treat and requires a different treatment approach than standard ALL. Along with 18 months of High Dose chemo, followed by Maintenance chemo for another year, Abby started special trial of a new targeted therapy called Dasatnib, and responded well. Her overall treatment ended in October 2013.

Abby was in remission for 11 months. Sadly she relapsed in September 2014. Treatment immediately ramped back up to rid her body of the leukemia blasts in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. Her bone marrow transplant occurred January 28, 2015.

The transplant worked and Abby is now in remission. Unfortunately the intense treatment caused acute graft versus host disease. This is common side effect of a bone marrow transplant where immune cells in the tissue (the graft) recognize the recipient (the host) as "foreign." The transplanted immune cells then attack the host's body cells. Abby and her treatment team are now working hard to keep the graft versus host disease in check.

The Furco family has been supported by a huge team of friends and family across the United States & across the globe. The collective effort of TEAM ABBY is brought together through the TEAM ABBY Gives Fund to unite this incredibly effort in Abby’s honor and inspire others to join the fight for cures and better treatments for all children battling cancer.

TEAM ABBY Gives Highlights & Happenings

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Abby's "Chef Carrot" Socks

Abby created a custom design with Resilience Socks. A portion of the proceeds from every sock sale will go to the TEAM ABBY Gives Fund. Check them out and place your order here.

Your Support Means So Much

These friends and family members helped us raise funds for childhood cancer research in honor of Abby! See the 2015-2020 list. 
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Join Abby on CaringBridge

Abby's personal CaringBridge page gives you the opportunity to follow her health updates and view photos and videos of her journey to recovery.

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Where does the money go?

Donations made to the TEAM ABBY Gives Fund have generously supported a St. Baldrick's Scholar Grant for Saba Ghassemi Ph.D. Dr. Ghassemi is researching adoptive immunotherapy treatments for leukemia at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.



Who's Involved?

These people make us smile — they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of TEAM ABBY Gives. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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2021 Teams for TEAM ABBY Gives

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    • Virtual Again!
    • Portsmouth, VA
    • 8 participants
    • $8,240.77 raised

    Get involved your own way:

    Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.

    Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.

    Head-shaving not your thing? You can start a fundraiser to raise money for our Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s in a way that interests you! Like biking? Bike a marathon. Like baking? Start a cookie baking fundraiser… You get the picture.

    Need help? Email us at Funds@StBaldricks.org

    Thank you to our 2021 donors

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