Victoria’s Story

Site created on March 13, 2020

Welcome to our CaringBridge website which we will be using to keep updates in one place regarding our team member, Victoria Duell. Victoria works as a Research Assistant and is closely affiliated with the Burlington, Vermont office.  She is also married to our Technical Services Director, Josh Duell.   

Early in March Victoria was diagnosed at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a very rare form of cancer known as NUT Carcinoma.   Victoria began the first of three initial rounds of chemotherapy treatments in the middle of March.  Victoria and Josh remain hopeful these treatments will shrink the tumor and permit more targeted oncology(radiology) treatments.  Both Victoria and Josh are so very grateful for the wonderful community support they have already received, including a ‘chemotherapy care package’ from many generous co-workers.   

A little more about Victoria and Josh - they met at ICF nearly a decade ago and together they have a son, Cohen who is 8 years old.  Victoria’s music interests include Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall and Grateful Dead.  She also operates an Esty shop, Boho Roots Creations, selling handmade goods such as gemstone bracelets, boho headbands, soy candles and olive oil soaps. Josh and Victoria bought an RV last year and have plans to travel out West with their son, which has been a dream for both of them.    

We understand that many are looking for ways to help – please consider supporting Victoria and Josh by making a donation on her GoFundMe page.  You can find her page by clicking on the above  ‘Ways to Help’ icon.  We appreciate your support, words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. 

  



Newest Update

Journal entry by Jamie Dayton

Hi all – I just received an update on Victoria from her husband Josh.  Unfortunately, Victoria’s cancer has spread to several other organs.  The next step in her treatment is an experimental clinical trial.  Click the following link for more details on this trial: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02516553

 

She is currently in phase 1 of this trial at Dana Farber, one of only 2 cancer treatment centers in the US offering this experimental treatment.  This is very helpful as Victoria and Josh can make the 5 hour trip to Boston without using public transportation, allowing them to maximize time at home with their young son.  Victoria will need to make 8 trips to Boston this month and if the trial proves helpful, she can reduce trips to Dana Farber to 3 times/month.   

 

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