Abby Schumer Memorial for a Cure


Abby Schumer Memorial for a Cure

Goal:
$10,000.00
Achieved:
$36,658.30

367 percent of goal achieved.


Fundraising Goal:  $10,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 303
Total Value of Gifts: $36,658.30

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Imagine having a beautiful, loving, creative, ten year old daughter on Wednesday and finding out that she has an inoperable brain tumor before the end of the day Thursday. That's how our story began.
The week prior, we noticed that Abby was uncharacteristically tired at the end of the day. We received a call from Abby's teacher on Wednesday telling us that she was not as responsive as usual. We made a doctor's appointment for the next morning. But when we realized that Abby was experiencing weakness on the right side of her body, we took her to the local ER on the advice of a close family friend and Pediatrician. A CT scan revealed a "lesion" on Abby's brain stem, and we were taken down to CHOP by ambulance. We got the MRI results that evening, there was a large tumor that was located in the PONS, which is the pathway that carries the messages to and from the brain to walk, talk, breath and swallow. We learned that tumors in the PONS are inoperable, although, because Abby's was already extending into her midbrain, they were able to do a biopsy and partial resection. That confirmed the doctor's fears that it was a glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain tumor there is. Over the course of the next 6 1/2 weeks, we watched our daughter lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, hug, and eventually to smile, to cough or to breathe. We lost her on March 24th. The tumor was like a freight train hurtling through her body and our lives. The process is indescribable, the sense of helplessness overwhelming.

It is difficult to find positives in such a horrible situation, but we are trying. We have relief that she is at peace and no longer in any pain. We have joy in our memories of our beautiful angel who experienced nothing but happiness, fun and frivolity in her short life. We have more gratitude than we could have imagined for the incredible support we continue to receive from friends, family and our school and work communities. Our gratitude for the people at CHOP is unmeasurable. The doctors, nurses, and support staff are the most incredible people we've ever met. The level of caring, competence and professionalism was a constant source of comfort for us. We felt compassion, empowerment and love on a daily basis from an enormous team of people that cared for Abby. Finally, and most importantly, we have HOPE that the research team at CHOP will eventually find effective treatment and someday a CURE for this devastating disease. Please give in memory of Abby and the other countless kids and families that will endure this heartbreaking condition.

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Four weeks to the day...
Fri, Apr 20, 2012
A meteor shower (named Lyrid) will be highly visible in the late night sky on April 21st. Mike shared with all of us how Abby's birth was heralded with meteors, now they will always remind us of her special light on these special nights. God bless you Abby, for continuing to teach us to look for stars.

Sarai Nieves
Fri, Apr 06, 2012
To the Schumer Family
Abby was a cherished gift to all. May your loving and joyous memories of her comfort you and your loved ones. Our family will hold you in the light.

Beverly Dengler
Thu, Apr 05, 2012
I only saw Abby passing by with the other children on bring your child to work days, but reading about how friendly, helpful with drawing and encouraging with all of her smiles Abby was with her friends and adults working with her was wonderful. She obviously made a great & joyful impact in her world and I can't begin to imagine what you have and will go thru due to this tragic loss. I am thankful for the time all of you did get to enjoy her and I am sure she is being loved in a way we can't begin to understand by Jesus. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers as you continue to endure this loss. God Bless You.

Kelly Newton
Thu, Apr 05, 2012
Meg & family,
I heard some wonderful fond memories of Abby through her family, school teachers and others at her memorial service and she sounded like an incredible little girl. I hope you all can find comfort in these memories and hope in time they'll help heel the pain you all feel. Your all in my prayers.

Carol
Wed, Apr 04, 2012
I hope that your hearts are soothed as time passes. What an irreplaceable gift you were blessed with for such a very short time. Abby will always be your treasure and will always be with you. You will just see her through a different light. Love Carol.

Kee O'Toole
Wed, Apr 04, 2012
Meg and Mike,
Thank you for sharing Abby with us through your beautiful stories about her during her memorial. The vivid images which you painted about her loving nature and joyous spirit makes her loss all the more painful. Both of you showed great courage in bringing her lessons to all of us. Now, every time that I hear about a meteor shower, I will think of Abby and her brilliant soul. Each time an opportunity arises to live life more fully, I will leap toward it. Thank you, Abby!
Meg, Mike and Will, I hope that the passage of time will help you heal from the wounds of grief and leave in its place, peace and a deeper and abiding love for Abby, which will live forever.
In sympathy,
Kee

Katrina
Tue, Apr 03, 2012
Smile because she lived
"You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
Smile, Open Your Eyes,Love and Go on."
(unknown)

Jean Davis and Tom Ash
Mon, Apr 02, 2012
Meg, Mike, and Will:
There is no possibility of comprehending the pain you are going through. Hopefully, it lessens as you shore each other up through the coming days. Your sharing the back story behind your HOPE with others will help other families in the future. Wishing you more serenity with the passage of time.

Terry Carroll
Mon, Apr 02, 2012
Hi
I recently met Steve Schumer, and learned of Abby's condition.
I have 4 children.
I can not image what it can be like for you and your family.
We hope the best memories continue the longest.
Terry

Carol Underhill
Mon, Apr 02, 2012
Dear Meg, Mike and Will,
Please accept my heart felt sympathy for your loss of Abby and thank you for sharing her lovely pictures and art work at her memorial.
Carol Underhill

Don Theis and Family
Sat, Mar 31, 2012
We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful angel, Abby. We are sending you tons of prayers of love, healing and strength. Thinking of you.

Jen, Dave, Hunter, Carleyrose, Chase, & savanna wagner merrick
Sat, Mar 31, 2012
Our prayers, hugs, and love are with all of you during this difficult time. We are so honored and priviledged to have known abby. abby and carley have been friends since kindergarden and their friendship had grown so close with each passing year. she will be sorely missed every day, but will live forever in our hearts. Abby is watching all over all of the horses in Heaven right now, followed by all the rainbows and flowers. God bless you and your family.

Sue hendricks
Sat, Mar 31, 2012
Mike,Meg,and Will,
You were truly blessed with an angel from heaven who was taken too soon. As you grieve as a family, may the constant reminders of her pure joy in life bring you peace and hope. Love you!

Linda Baun
Sat, Mar 31, 2012
Meg and family
I am so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughter, Abby! My heart aches for your family! Please know that you will continue to be in my prayers that God will wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort in the days ahead! I will always remember Abby's sweet smile and the fun she had at PMA's Childrens Christmas Party every year! She will always be in my memories!

Sheri DeWitt
Sat, Mar 31, 2012
Meg, Mike & Will,
I've tried for the past few days to think of the right words to say. There are none. I just want you to know that our hearts are broken for you. May the love and support of your families and friends and the beautiful memories of your precious daughter help ease the pain as you face each new day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sheri & Mike DeWitt
(Amanda, Ryley & Morgan)

Beth Gebhardt and Family
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Dear Meg and Family,
Our thoughts are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful angel.

Karen (King) Nuss
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Dear Meg, Mike and Will--
My heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened for your family's loss. I truly ache for you and wish I could say something profound that would ease your sorrow and bring you comfort. Sadly, I'm at a loss for words, but continue to lift your family up in prayer, asking God to draw near and give you His peace which surpasses all understanding.
Although I never had the pleasure or privilege of knowing Abby, I feel as if I did. I've heard wonderful stories of how lovely, sweet and vibrant she was. The photo you selected is a visual compliment to the various descriptions I've heard. Your earthly Angel just got her Heavenly wings!
Please know that you're all so incredibly brave and strong! This type of loss is unimaginable and yet, you celebrate her life and legacy each and every day, by the way in which you're honoring her. You may not realize this, but you're witnessing your faith to all of us, just in the way you're handling this tragedy with such grace. May the love and prayers from friends who truly care sustain you and may God's peace comfort you, until you're reunited with Abby in Heaven for all eternity.
I

Michele Lewis and family
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Meg and family,
I can't imagine what you are going through at this time. There are no words to help with the pain and sorrow you are feeling. May you find comfort in the days ahead and in all the memories you have of Abby. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Warren and Darlene Bender
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Meg, Mike and Will.
Words are so hard to come by at this time.
You traveled a very long difficult road together as a family with your beautiful little Abby stopping at Heavens Garden. You know she will always be with you in your hearts and please know she will be watching you all with a smile from Heaven. She has peace, joy and comfort. Oh yes - and poneys!
She has a very loving family in you. I know she is very proud of her Mom. You could tell the
way she smiled here at the office.
Please know there are so many people caring about all of you. So many thoughts and prayers for you.I hope somehow you may be able to feel them and find some comfort in them.
We are so very sorry for your loss of you little Abby.
We can not imagine.
Take care of yourselves.
God Bless You All

Vicky
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Meg,
I echo the words of everyone there is no words to help make this time easy. Know that the love of your family and friends will be with you and your family.
Love,
Vicky, Kurt, Ryan and Cody

Mike Anderson
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Meg, Mike, & Will
Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Abby. May your grief always be overshadowed by your unforgettable memories of your daughter & sister. And may you feel comfort in knowing she will forever grace her fellow angels with her smile & her spirit as she will forever bless your lives with the same. Our prayers will stay with you.
Mike, Gretchen, & children

Mike and Joan Berg
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Dear Meg and Family,
My Heart breaks for the Loss of Abby.
May Precious Memories fill the the times of hurt.
Our Thoughts and Prayes are with Your Family.

Tammy Harris
Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Dear Meg, Mike & Will;
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sarai Vega
Thu, Mar 29, 2012
Dear Meg and family
I am so sorry for your loss and I share in your pain. May God fill your hearts with joy, peace and hope knowing that one day you will see your precious Abby again in Heaven more beautiful than ever before. Abby was a precious gift sent to you by God for a season. Her mission here on earth was fulfilled and God did not want to see his creation suffer any longer so He called Abby back home. God was there when Abby took her first breath and there when she took her last. Oh! I know that He waited for her with open arms to welcome her into His glorious presence. She is no longer feeling pain or sorrow. Abby is accompanied by many children playing in the fields of God's glory. "Don't worry about me mommy, but rejoice in the wonderful time we had all together and in the Love we all shared. Father God is taking good care of me, Dad. Don't worry. I am able to walk and talk with Jesus. I am not afraid because time does not exist in Heaven the way it does on earth. Heaven is so beautiful!"
Out of the depths of your soul cry out to God and let His ears be attentive to your cry for mercy. I pray that the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus during this painful time in your lives. God bless the Schumer Family.

Sandy Marsh
Thu, Mar 29, 2012
Dear Meg and family,
My heart goes out to you during this time. Know that your angel is now with a legion of others that are singing in heaven. Cherish her memories as Abby will be with you everyday. GOD bless your family during this time and know that you have a support system that is willing to help.

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