Donna Melendez, born and raised in West Roxbury, is a married mother of three who is battling Carcinoid Cancer. Donna was diagnosed in March 2009 and has undergone treatment in the United States since that time. Valuable time in her treatment has been lost due to the rarity of this type of cancer and consequently a misdiagnosis.
On the hopeful side, there is currently successful treatment in Europe where patients are responsible for the cost of the care, travel, and lodging. There is no FDA approved treatment in the U.S. currently for this type of cancer and therefore insurance coverage in unavailable. There is a screening process prior to being accepted into treatment abroad and Donna is currently deemed a candidate.
On Friday November 9, 2012 Donna's family and friends will be hosting a benefit on her behalf at the Boston Lodge of Elks, 1 Morrell St, West Roxbury from 6-10pm. Donations raised at this benefit will be for Donna's treatment in Switzerland.
Please help support our efforts by donating a company gift card, products, gift baskets or services that we can raffle at the benefit. All donations large or small will be greatly appreciated.
Monetary gifts to the "Charging Zebra for Carcinoid Cure" can be deposited in care of the Blue Hills Bank located at 1920 Centre Street, West Roxbury 02132. Other donations can be sent to 84 Sanborn Ave West Roxbury 02132. Our EIN number is available upon request.
Tickets are $30 each which includes silent auction, buffet, dinner, dancing and cash bar. For tickets or additional information please call Nancy Madden at 774-219-9317 or Janet Bryson at 617-610-4890.