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On July 29th, 2009 Casandra presented to Billings Clinic with stomach pain, where tests were performed and it was determined that she has Cancer. Casandra has been diagnosed with Alveolar Rhadbdomyosarcoma( RHABDO) Stage 4, which translates to cancer of the muscle. She will recieve initial treatment in Aurora Co, then head back to Billings.



On October 3, 1994, a beautiful, wonderful little baby girl named Casandra entered our world. Her infectious smile and absolutely adorable face would melt anyones heart.  Casandra has blossomed into a spunky teenager full of charisma and  great personality. Right before our eyes she is developing into a gorgeous young lady. Casandra presented to Billings Clinic on Wednesday July 29th with stomach pain, an ultrasound revealed that she had a tumor on her ovary and fluid in her stomach. Surgery was scheduled for the next day. Before surgery the Dr. performed a pelvic exam which revealed that she had other things going on besides the ovary tumor. Tests were done and it was found that she has cancer in the lining between her vagina and rectum. They referred her immediately to the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, to have surgery to remove the tumors in both her rectum and ovary. Upon arrival to the Children's Hospital, it was found that Casandra's cancer was in-operable at this point.  A bone marrrow aspiration was done and it was found that her bone marrow is CLEAN!! YAY!!! Casandra will receive aggressive chemotherapy treatment for her Stage 4 cancer beginning in August, 2009 in Aurora, CO.  Along with her mom and dad, Tina and Drew, Casandra is faced with her toughest challenge yet, but anyone that knows her, understands her strong will and zest for life.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers and together we will all support one another.

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Cassie was able to go outside today. She was so happy to be out of her hospital room! Keep the prayers coming! Thank you to everyone!! Read more

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I just have to say if any of you are NOT believers it may be a good time to start believing. Now I will get down from my soap box and report some AWESOME news!!As of this ... Read more

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Cassie woke up for a bit today & talked a little. She is so so strong!! Please keep all the prayers coming! I encourage each & everyone of you to post in ... Read more

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Hello everyone Cassie is in the I.C.C. Her liver & one kidney are shut down& the doctors are doing there best to keep her pain free & comfortable. ... Read more

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Please everyone we need your prayers today. Cassie's cancer is showing its ugliness. Please pray GOD shows up & helps her! Read more

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Today's post comes with a heavy heart. Cassie has been told to stop chemo immediately as it is destroying her liver, her counts are real high, and she is extremely ... Read more

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Good morning everyone. Here's a quick update on Cassie's PET scan yesterday. The cancer is not growing as fast so that is a good sign that maybe these new pills are ... Read more

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Hey All, Cassie goes in on Thursday for a PET scan and we are asking for everyone's prayers. Please pray with all your might that the new chemo pills are keeping her ... Read more

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Today Cassie goes in to get a tube put in her belly so she can drain the fluid from it herself instead of having to go and get poked every other week. To think that this ... Read more

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Well this Christmas season has been a trying one for Cassie and her family.Cassie had her stomach drained last week to get rid of all the fluid built up inside her:( ... Read more

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