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Marissa Angell Brain Cancer Research Memorial Fund

Team Fundraising Goal: $250,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 141
Total Value of Gifts: $170,820.03

Recent Donors

Rick and Mindy

George & Kathryn in memory of Gordon Angell


Steve Wilkinson



In Memory of Norma Angell



Kathryn Pratt

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Marissa Angell Brain Cancer Research Memorial Fund


68 percent of goal achieved.

Marissa was a vibrant young lady attending Minnesota State University in Mankato when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

On Marissa's 19th birthday (10/15/08) after having headaches and vision problems, an MRI detected a tennis ball size brain tumor. Marissa was admitted to the University of MN hospital. Surgery was scheduled for October 20th.

The surgery was successful and after 2 clear MRI's Marissa went back to college. Her tumor was diagnosed as a PXA (Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma). However, in March of 2009, her headaches, along with her tumor, returned. Her diagnosis changed to a High Grade Astrocytoma, cancer. It was our biggest fear.

Marissa's life changed to multiple chemotheraphy treatments, radiation, blood transfusions, seizures, doctor visits and hospital stays.

Marissa's motto was "fight like a girl". She fought every step of the way until she passed away on December 20th.

Marissa's wish was for her tumor to help others so no other child or family will have to struggle with such a dreadful disease. She wanted to find out more about brain tumors - like where they come from, how to detect them earlier and how to cure this cancer.

We started this memorial fund to help researchers and make Marissa's wish come true. Our goal is to raise $100,000 over the next 10 years. By raising that amount, Marissa becomes a Research Hero. Research Heroes are provided permanent recognition in the Children’s Research Cancer Funds annual report and on two wall displays a plaque in a research laboratory and in their offices. We also have the opportunity to visit with a researcher that will provide us with updates on the progress. Marissa's memory will live on while helping others.

Marissa was our hero and we will be as determined as she was to help others.

I have confirmed with the University that 100% of this fund will be used for brain cancer research at the University of Minnesota.

Thank you for funding this important research for Marissa.

The Champions for Childhood Cancer Research program is a tool for families to use when friends, family members and coworkers ask “what can we do to help?” It’s a place for families to celebrate and honor the milestones of children who survive their cancer battles, as well as a place to remember those special children who did not survive.

Children’s Cancer Research Fund knows that a family that experiences the diagnosis of cancer or a genetic disease related to cancer needs a lot of support throughout the journey. The one thing they want the most though is a cure for their child and for any child whose family hears that devastating and frightening diagnosis.

Children’s Cancer Research Fund shares that focused goal — to eradicate childhood cancer. We are a national non-profit investing in a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of childhood cancer, the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Together, we are accelerating the pace of discoveries — from research lab to patient care — that are revolutionizing the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. Children’s Cancer Research Fund also educates the public about childhood cancer and supports quality-of-life programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families as they undergo their cancer treatment.

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