Jessy's Fight

On the evening of May 12, 2017, my wife Jessica Sullivan, suffered a seizure during her sleep after managing an event in the Thomas J. Sullivan banquet hall. She woke up the following day with no memory of the prior week's events. She was immediately rushed to Baystate Medical Center's ER. There a team

of doctors and nurses ran tests all through the night. In the early morning, we were told by an ER Doctor that a mass was discovered in her brain.

Jessy was soon admitted to the hospital and met with yet another team of doctors. They were very helpful with explaining to us what the plan of action would be for dealing with the tumor. She spent all of Mother's Day in the hospital but was kept constant company by family and friends the entire time.

The following morning, Monday, Jessy was scheduled for brain surgery to remove the tumor. After the surgery, Jessy spent the night in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for monitoring after her surgery. She was quickly released Tuesday afternoon and was able to go home to our two daughters, Willow 2 yrs old & Autumn 1 yrs old, to allow her to recover and heal in comfort. We still eagerly awaited test results from the tumor to be able to plan our next step. The results came back later that day, and we discovered that the tumor was a high-grade stage 3 anaplastic oligodendroglioma brain tumor. Dealing with this news itself was a battle that our family had to fight. Immediately, I planned the next phase of care for Jessy with our insurance company and both doctors at Baystate D'Amour Cancer Center & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Daily phone calls and emails lasted a good three weeks before we got news that our insurance would go out of network so that she could be seen by Dr. Wen in Boston at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Both Baystate & Dana-Farber gave us the news we were expecting and both are working closely together. The doctor's plan was an aggressive daily treatment of radiation in the morning and chemotherapy at night for the next six weeks. Jessy has now completed two weeks of this six-week treatment.

Jessy has been staying strong with help from everyone's prayers and support during this difficult and traumatic time. She has agreed and given permission to both hospitals to conduct research on her tumor, to enable doctors the ability to study to find possible new treatments and cures for this tumor in order to help others in the future. We have been approached daily by friends and family about ways they could possibly help. Numerous suggestions have been to have a benefit or fundraiser, but if you know Jessy she is not the type to draw attention to herself. At the end of her first week of treatment, she decided that she wanted to help others by organizing and throwing a benefit to raise funds and awareness for the Baystate D'Amour Cancer Center.

Therefore, on the afternoon of August 27th, 2017, in the Thomas J. Sullivan Banquet Hall, our family would like to extend an invitation for all to help make a difference by raising awareness of cancer and its signs and symptoms to help save lives in the future. Proceeds will be directed locally to the Baystate D'Amour Cancer Center, who has helped tremendously throughout this difficult time in our lives. We would also like to thank everyone personally for their overwhelming support. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here at Nathan Bill’s Bar & Restaurant, which will include live music, food, raffles & fun!

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110 Island Pond Rd, 01118
Springfield
27 August , Sunday 13:00

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