Cypher for Survival x Wondrous

“Team Momma Mon was formed amongst my family and close friends who honored my mom’s life, love and energy and wanted to provide help to other families. My mom, Lisa, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Uterine Sarcoma back in December 2014. Over the span of one year, we witnessed my mom lose feeling in her body, her ability to function on her own, even losing hair from radiation therapy. Our family had many sleepless nights, a lot of breakdowns and we kept feeling like there was no hope from no good news from doctors or clinical trials. Unfortunately in December 2015, just one year after my mom was diagnosed, she passed away peacefully in a hospital bed. Its not easy or fun to tell the story over and over, but one thing I will always remember that helped our family go through the year is my mom’s strength and love. Even on her worst days she never hesitated to find ways to smile or laugh despite her physical and mental conditions she stayed emotionally strong. We know that no amount of money could heal our pain or bring back what we lost as a family, but we’re hoping that through our efforts of fundraising we can help provide help to another family who is currently struggling and needs relief.” – Derek Mon



About 50 percent of people with cancer have a rare cancer. Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others. Even though they account for about half of all cancer diagnoses when combined, research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no treatment options. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center—the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center—is committed to changing that reality. MSK’s close collaboration between doctors and researchers is a unique strength: new drugs and therapies developed in the lab can be moved quickly to patients’ bedsides.

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