Help A New Mother Fight Cancer

$42,805 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 311 people in 21 days
Created September 23, 2019
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Ciarra is a 29 year-old new mama to her sweet 10 month-old son, Summit. She and her husband, Marlin,  own and operate their own blind business, "Durango Shade Company" in Durango, Colorado. Born and raised in Carbondale, Colorado, Ciarra met Marlin while attending Fort Lewis College. 

On Thursday, September 19th Ciarra underwent blood tests after feeling excruciating pain throughout her body. The doctors quickly knew something was very wrong due to her blood counts and she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This is a very rare form of leukemia (cancer of the blood), usually found in older adults and can spread quickly.


Immediately flown to St. Luke's hospital in Denver for treatment, Ciarra began chemotherapy on September 24th and will be kept in isolation away from her baby boy while undergoing chemotherapy for at least the next month.

Ciarra will then battle through a second round of chemotherapy prior to receiving a bone marrow transplant.   At this point she will need to remain in the Denver area for 100 days in order to ensure her body accepts the new bone marrow. During much of the year-long fight for her life, Ciarra and her family will be separated from each other due to her fragile immune system.

Our hope is to relieve some of the extraordinary financial stress that will arise in fighting her leukemia.   While Ciarra is undergoing treatment  her husband will be raising their son and will be unable to run their business. The family will have costs for raising a growing baby, insurance co-pays and living expenses.  Any amount of money we raise will help make this time easier for this young family.
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Unfortunately, Ciarra's bone biopsy results are back and this round of chemo did not eliminate all of the cancer cells. She will remain in the hospital for several more weeks undergoing another round of chemotherapy.
Although she's lost much of her hair at this point, she certainly has not lost her positive outlook and spunky spirit. We are hoping she will get a bit of time to be with Summit after this round before undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Good news! Although we are waiting to hear if her sister, Savannah is a match, a back up donor has been found! A huge thanks to all who have volunteered to get tested.
Again, the donations and outpouring of support has been incredible. We are so grateful to you all. Please continue to share updates and positive thoughts! THANK YOU!
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From the bottom of our hearts, a huge thank you and hug to each and every one of you who has donated/shared! In just 24 hours we exceeded our modest goal of $15,000! The outpouring of support from multiple communities has truly been extraordinary. We have raised the current goal to $75,000 and appreciate you continuing to "share" her story with others.
Ciarra, Marlin and the Boyer/Bristol families are in awe of your generosity and support. No words will ever be enough, but a heartfelt thank you to you all!
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$42,805 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 311 people in 21 days
Created September 23, 2019
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