Pamplin Media Group – Woodstock survivor hosts fundraiser for single mother with cancer
Cancer survivor in Woodstock hopes to help another cancer patient survive – with help from the public
Life can bring so many unexpected events; Woodstock resident Brittnie Gray knows this well. While she and her husband Tim were expecting their first child, the unthinkable happened.
Brittnie was twenty weeks pregnant in the summer of 2020. She started experiencing discomfort that she thought was normal for pregnancy. But when it got worse, she went to the emergency room, where doctors told her she had liver failure.
After being admitted to the intensive care unit in Providence, scans showed she had tumors in her lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas, as well as a life-threatening tumor pressed against her heart.
They knew that any chance of saving Brittnie’s life and that of their unborn child depended on immediate treatment. Her OB and oncology team came up with a plan with the fewest side effects for the mother and her unborn baby. They both underwent four cycles of chemotherapy, the placement of a liver stent and numerous laboratory and intravenous samples.
On October 24, 2020, their daughter Pippa was born, at 32 weeks gestation. She spent 42 days in the intensive care unit after emergency surgery, then returned home when she was able to breathe without a ventilator.
Brittnie’s blood cancer, however, continued to progress. There seemed to be little hope of saving his life. The family of three, however, continued to live together with as much happiness and hope as they could muster for themselves and their new daughter.
A clinical trial treatment called CAR-T developed at OHSU caught their attention, and Brittnie transferred her care to an OHSU team. After immunotherapy and radiation therapy, the tumors pressing on his heart have shrunk enough that the medical team felt comfortable moving forward with CAR-T treatment.
CAR-T is becoming known as a favorable future cancer treatment, and it has quickly started working in Britain. It will continue for twelve months inside his body, without the need for additional treatments.
Brittnie grew stronger as the days passed, and she and Tim began to wonder how they could show their gratitude for all the support they had received from nurses, doctors and friends, over the eighteen months. very tough treatments they had gone through – and stay a combined total of 100 days in hospital.
They decided to organize a half marathon as a benefit to raise $15,000 for another mother with cancer. The Brittnie OHSU medical team selected a single mother with a three-year-old child. The mother has the same lymphoma and oncologist as Brittnie.
Thus, the “B Strong Half Marathon” will take place on Saturday, April 30 starting at 10 a.m. at Homestead School, 4121 SE Woodstock Boulevard. In order to raise the necessary funds for the beneficiary, the registration fee for the race is set at $60. To register and learn more about B Strong, go online – www.eventcreate.com/e/bstonghalfmarathon
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