Amy Nault Amy Nault

First post: Oct 5, 2021
Beautiful Amy “Bucket” Nault needs our help and support right now. She was just at the beginning of things when her road took a turn. Turns happen sometimes and in the coming together as a community of caring and compassionate people we can make all the difference. Read her story below and if you can, support her here.  https://gofund.me/b7c2e9ff

Medical History

In February 2020 at age 22 Amy was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Following this diagnosis, Amy underwent four cycles of chemotherapy. With only a partial response leading to an updated diagnosis of Refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In September of 2020 her treatment elevating, she received the first of three more cycles of chemotherapy, “prepping” for an analogous stem cell transplant. That November she spent a month in the hospital undergoing a stem cell transplant. In February of  2021, the Cancer persisted post-transplant and Amy received a targeted drug therapy which failed. As spring approached Amy began immunotherapy which also failed. This September of 2021 Amy is beginning a clinical trial at Dana Farber, her first infusion was on her 24th birthday. Should this trial fail, there are other trials and treatments to try - all with the same goal -  complete remission, with a donor stem cell transplant from her younger sister, as a cure. While there is still hope, the road has been long. While the future holds a potential cure - there is still so much for both her and her sister to physically endure. This doesn’t even include the emotional and financial toll this has taken on her family and caregivers. 

Amy Bucket’s Bucket List 

Before cancer, Amy was dreaming, saving, and planning for a life of adventure including endurance hiking and skiing, and graduating from marathon finish lines to those of ultramarathons. Amidst countless hours in the mountains, her path began with two Long Trail through hikes, working as a caretaker on Camel’s Hump for the Green Mountain Club, completing a Wilderness EMT training through NOLS in Wyoming, and working as the Assistant Director of Ski Patrol at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl - a season cut short by diagnosis.

Currently facing each day now confined to her bedroom, saving her energy for healing, Amy continues to find her own inspiration as she visualizes exploring mountains all over the world, and skiing places near and far; in the backcountry and vast landscapes. She holds onto hope -  ready for road trips with friends and family that she has so deeply missed while facing cancer, surrendering to treatments, and finding the patience to heal in isolated COVID safe corners of her home. She dreams of continuing to follow her dreams, feet on her path, safely through this new world where having an immune-compromised body can be a frightening proposal. At this point, Amy is more afraid of not living while she is alive and she needs our help to hold onto a belief that these dreams are her reality.

How We Can Help

Over the past two years, Amy’s mother and primary caregiver has struggled to cover the cost of living. Finding the time and energy to care for Amy and safely work during a pandemic has proved a great challenge and even with part-time work and support from the local community and church, friends, and extended family - resources are depleted. 

Right now Amy is in immediate need of money to help cover costs associated with travel and lodging for her treatments in Boston.  In addition, it is our hope that we help her replenish her savings and recover from the financial burden she and her family have experienced while living in aggressive treatment for cancer and managing the horrendous side effects for the past two years. Finally, our support can make living the life of her dreams feel more tangible. Gaining some financial ground after this major derailment will surely help Amy believe in her future.

Let’s help Amy and her family. Let’s alleviate the anxiety about how she is going to get on her feet once she gets to a cure.   Go to her GoFundMe site at
https://gofund.me/b7c2e9ff

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