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An Evening for Jacquline

Help support her fight against cancer.

March 25, 2010
Trisha Smith

“An Evening for Jacquline” will take place on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at Charley’s Saloon in Pā‘ia to support this courageous 8-year-old’s ongoing fight against cancer.

Jacquline’s journey has been a turbulent ride of ups and downs since she was diagnosed three years ago with Ewing’s Sarcoma—an aggressive form of bone cancer. The cancer spread quickly to her lungs, and within the first year, she endured an astounding 14 rounds of intense chemotherapy and eight surgeries, one that replaced half of her pelvis to remove the cancer.

By the second half of 2008, it appeared Jacquline was recovering. Unfortunately, last spring she suffered a major relapse—and intolerable pain—when a tumor began growing on her spine. After a rigorous surgery to remove the tumor, it was discovered the tumor had fortunately not attached itself to the tissue near her spine. Yet, she still had to go through more radiation and chemotherapy just to be on the safe side.

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Help support Jacquline Wenzler-Steves on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at Charley’s Saloon in Pā‘ia during “An Evening for Jacquline.” All proceeds from this benefit will support this brave 8-year-old’s fight against cancer. Visit www.4jacquline.com.

Throughout the summer of 2009, her parents, Annette and Vince Steves, a Maui Firefighter, enjoyed improvements in their daughter’s condition.

Jacquline embarked on a difficult physical therapy program to learn to walk, and after a great deal hard work, she began playing with friends, horseback riding with her mom and returned to her schoolwork with the help of a special tutor.

Sadly, just two days before this last Christmas—and the last day of her chemotherapy treatment—the Steves family experienced a major setback. Jacquline started experiencing chest pains, and a scan revealed a severe increase of metastases in her lungs. Doctors also discovered the tumor on her spine was growing back.

The family has not, and will not, give up the fight. They recently discovered the Burzynski Clinic, a major, international cancer center based out of Houston, Texas. This unique organization provides a wide variety of advanced alternative cancer treatments and offers hope in the form of an advanced gene therapy treatment.

As Jacquline started her Burzynski treatment, she struggled with a disorder in her digestive system and developed an infection due to her suppressed immune system. She had to be fed intravenously while her stomach recovered. Lately though, Jacquline has been sleeping and experiencing less pain—hopeful signs that the gene therapy is working.

This therapy is not only extremely expensive, it’s not covered by health insurance because of the long approval process. The Steves family used all of their savings to pay for this treatment and desperately need our help.

Make a difference in a little girl’s life and head over to Charley’s on Friday, April 2, for “An Evening for Jacquline,” a heartfelt benefit to raise funds for her cancer treatment.

Live music will be performed by The Neverminds, Let the Grass Grow and The Worrell Family Band. Admission is by donation, so give as much as you can, as every little bit counts. All of your gift will go to Jacquline.

Her 11-year-old sister, Dominique, and her parents extend their immense gratitude to everyone for their support and prayers during Jacquline’s crusade to wellness. She will turn nine on April 16—let’s help make it the best birthday yet.

If you wish to help, but are unable to attend the fundraiser, donate online at www.4jacquline.com; mail a check made payable to Jacquline Cancer Treatment Fund, P.O. Box 1240, Ha‘ikū, HI 96708; or make a deposit at any Bank of Hawai‘i to the Jacquline Cancer Treatment Fund (Reference account number 0004788346.)

 
 

 

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