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Help Seana's fight against Cancer
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:15

Imagine battling Cancer for 6 years. Now imagine needing to find $42,000 to pay for a new Cancer treatment because it is not covered by Health Insurance or the government. Imagine this treatment is what could truly make a difference.

Where would you turn for help?

 


As a friend and team mate of Toronto BJJ's Seana Rossi I can tell you her need is great. Her story is moving and it is urgent. We are rallying to her cause. The entire BJJ community, worldwide, is being asked to help. We are trying to raise money to help with Seana's treatment costs.

If you would please read the full Seana story below I would also ask you to find it in your heart to join us.


"Seana Rossi, a Purple Belt under Jorge Britto at Toronto BJJ, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 at the young age of 26. Seana has touched the lives of many people, she embodies the ideals of Jiu-Jitsu and what it means to be a true warrior. Her battle continues today and we are asking everyone to help.

Seana's Story
Seana Rossi started training Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu in spring 2008 under Toronto BJJ Black Belt Jorge Britto. Already proven to be a true fighter, Seana showed her incredible spirit from her first days on the mats. Seana could be found training day and night and soon began to compete. At her second competition, Seana broke her arm, Professor Britto admits not all students would return to the sport after a break so early in their career. However, Seana was mat side watching her teammates practice technique and did her rehab religiously. Although she could not compete, she would travel to competitions to cheer her teammates on and be in their corner. Seana was always the loudest person in the crowd. As soon as she was cleared she was drilling technique with always a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye.

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Seana with Melissa Biscardi

In spring 2009 Seana was informed that her cancer had returned. This marked the beginning of a long battle that has touched the lives of many people. Seana soon underwent chemotherapy and surgery, but continued to train as much as possible. Seana would not let the cancer stop her from doing the things she loved most. While completed chemotherapy she competed in Grapplers Quest, the Toronto Jiu Jitsu Classic and had an inspirational showing at American Nationals. Seana touches the lives of everyone she meets and gives true meaning to the word warrior. To honor her spirit Toronto BJJ founded the Seana Rossi Award, first presented in December 2011, to be presented to the student at Toronto BJJ who best displays the warrior spirit that Seana displays every day. Seana continues her battle with cancer today, undergoing many cycles of chemotherapy. Slowly the cancer has taken away her ability to train in the sport she loves. However, Seana, her friends family and team have not given up.

Today the most promising treatment for Seana is a drug by the name of Avastin. This drug works by cutting off the blood supply to the tumors so they can no longer grown and survive. Treatment for one month is $3500.00 (per year costs $42,000.00) and is not covered by extended health insurance or other medical coverage. We are asking the Jiu-Jitsu community to band together like it has before to help in a time of need."



At the moment there are a group of people coming together to organise fundraising events. To learn more about these I would encourage you to go to the page on Facebook 'Help Seana's Fight Against Cancer' where all the information will be released.

It is very motivating to see the local BJJ community already rallying around Seana and offering ways to help. There will be several BJJ events taking place to help fundraise and I will do my best to keep you informed of those. We are also looking to simplify ways to donate.

To donate through cheque, money order or other (bank transfer etc) please contact Melissa Biscardi via email
melissa.biscardi@utoronto.ca. Donations can be sent directly by email money transfer to Seana at helpseanafight@gmail.com

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Your help - no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. If you have questions about making donations please let us know.

Please pray for Seana and if you can find a way to get involved with this movement I hope you can do so.

 

 

 


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