Last Saturday, Maria passed away in the privacy of her own home, surrounding by her parents, brother, and aunt.

I apologize for the lateness of this post, but this week has been very hectic and emotional. Some parts of me can’t seem to accept the fact that she’s really gone, and other’s have already registered and processed that she lived an amazing 16 years.

Both the wake and the funeral were beautiful services. Many MANY people showed up to honor her memory, which I wish I could tell her, but I’m sure she saw.

It struck me on Wednesday that this doesn’t just happen to us. It happens to SO many people. Childhood cancer is a beast. It takes before anyone has the chance to give.

In fact, all cancers are beasts. And it amazes me that no one has found a cure yet. I’m sure research is being done, but is it really enough to just load someone up with chemotherapy and cross fingers?

Which is why, in the name of Maria Kutyla, we plan on continuing this charity. A friend of Maria’s father (who by the way is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met as well as her mother), told us that we have to continue her smile, her laugh, and extend it to the world. Which is exactly what we plan on doing.

The outpour of support has been extraordinary. Her family appreciates it, and I know that somewhere up there, Maria appreciates it. 

I no longer pray to God, I pray to Maria. 

Oct 26th    3 notes

Miracle for Maria Kutyla is in quite a bit of newspapers! Check some out in this archive of articles!

Clifton Journal

August 21 Issue

September 13 Issue

Bergen Record

August 30 Issue

Check out our video about Maria →

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eliserachelle:

Hey Everybody,

Sooo… this is an incredibly difficult thing for me to share, but I think it might help other AYA (adolescent/young adult) cancer survivors out there feel a little less alone, so I’m gonna go ahead and do it.

On August 3, 2012, I shaved my head because my chemotherapy treatments were painfully making my hair fall out. Because of these treatments, my hair didn’t really start growing back until October of that year. Throughout the past year, I’ve been documenting the regrowth of my hair, and have now taken enough pictures to make a decent collage.

This collage is a visual representation of what chemotherapy can do to the body, and subsequently, how the human body can rise up even in the midst of toxic medical warfare. This collage doesn’t sugarcoat anything… in some of the photos you can see rashes under my eyes from chemo or the puffiness in my cheeks from steroids. In the middle of the collage, I even started losing my hair a second time! I didn’t go from bald to suddenly luscious, curly soft hair (in fact, my hair never turned curly, sadly). This part of the journey was every bit as much of a battlefield as the one that took place inside my bloodstream.

However, the point of all this is that I hope this collage reaches someone else who has recently lost their hair because of cancer/some medical problem, and that it gives them hope for restoration not only of their hair, but of their healthy lives outside of disease, too. I know not everyone subscribes to the same faith as I do, but one scripture that has given me strength and hope throughout this process is Psalm 73:26- “My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my life and my portion forever.”

There is hope. There is joy. There is LIFE. It is never easy and usually seems to take forever, but these things, HOPE, JOY, and LIFE, do exist!

Aug 21st    96 notes    Source

justlacey:

Chain of hospital bracelets- halfway to completion :)

Aug 21st    3 notes    Source

bravely-sings-the-nightingale:

You guys remember Raya? I wrote a quick little blog entry about her months ago in like…March.

She was a senior in high school who has now graduated. She’s brilliantly smart, full of life, and she and I really connected through our mutual experiences. This picture chokes me up!

Raya was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on March 22, 2013. Her last day of radiation was today.

Thank god for some good news, right?

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singdancelovehugcry:

Happy 14th birthday Talia Joy! RIP!

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simply-mistaken:

An amazing girl suffering from cancer really needs our help, click to see her amazing story.

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