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Fumiko Ladd Chino: Read this story of a young couple, an oncologist and a therapist, both with AYACSM cancer now dealing with a devastating metastatic recurrence
Mar 2, 2024, 12:23

Fumiko Ladd Chino: Read this story of a young couple, an oncologist and a therapist, both with AYACSM cancer now dealing with a devastating metastatic recurrence

Fumiko Ladd Chino, recently posted on X/Twitter:

“Read this story of a young couple, an oncologist and a therapist, both with AYACSM cancer now dealing with a devastating metastatic recurrence here.
And then consider donating to help reduce their financial toxicity here.

‘All semblance of financial security has been shattered. They dread the day Shauna becomes a single mother.’

‘Shauna and Abdallah made the decision to elope once she discovered her #breastcancer in March of 2021. They married at the bridal shower, surprising everyone there.’

‘I didn’t want cancer to take away that opportunity to be a mom …If you don’t have the privilege of fertility, any route of trying to become a family is really costly.’
Each round of IVF costs $20,000 to $25,000, plus medications of $5,000 to $7,500.

‘Down the line, when I’m not here, I’m leaving Shauna with a legacy of grief, but also without my income, and a legacy of a huge financial burden,’ Abdallah said.

We are a community of practitioners, hematology/oncologists, and what would that look like to all support one of our own? Community support is what our patients rely on a lot, and I wanted to activate the community to help this couple.”

Source: Fumiko Ladd Chino/X

Fumiko Ladd Chino is a cancer researcher and Assistant Attending in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (USA), who specializes in gynecological and breast cancers. She was also a caregiver for her husband Andrew Mark Ladd, PhD who died from cancer in 2007. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including ASCO Excellence in Equity Award (2022), Duke Radiation Oncology Award for Outstanding Clinical Research (2019), Duke University Hospital “Good Catch” Award (2018), Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award (2018), Duke University School of Medicine Dean’s Recognition Award (2014) and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center Volunteer of the Year Award (2009).