Ann’s Place is pleased to bring back its spring fashion show, On the catwalk – celebrating the survivors at April 27 at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The event will be hosted by the hilarious Christine O’Leary.
*Your donation is a celebration of our models, who are all at different stages of their cancer journey. You say you want to make sure no one has to deal with their terrible illness alone. Thank you for helping us all celebrate every day and every moment of life.
Here on HamletHub, we’re excited to introduce our readers to these bold and local models
Meet Allison Carballo, a double cancer survivor
Hello!! Thank you for visiting my page for Ann’s Place! I can’t tell you how much this organization has done and continues to do for my family! I am very honored to be part of your fashion show. This year’s theme is “On the Runway, Survivors Celebrate!” and I am proud to say that I am a double survivor! For more event information or to purchase tickets, please visit the event page
In 2019, I received the news no one wants to hear, and a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia turned me and my family’s world upside down. I have two girls, Lillie and Rose, and they were four and seven years old at the time. I had just dropped her off at school when I received a call to go to the hospital immediately. Routine blood work I had the day before showed I needed a blood transfusion. We didn’t know why, but they wanted to do tests at the hospital. That’s when they found the leukemia and my whirlwind started.
Due to my aggressive type of leukemia, which includes a genetic component, I had to start treatment immediately. I was told I had a 5% chance of survival. I went through a lot of chemotherapy, total body radiation and some tough times at Memorial Sloan Kettering, but eventually went into remission to have a stem cell transplant. This was done with donated umbilical cords as we could not find a suitable donor!
About six months later I was finally back home. Surviving the cancer was the easy part. When I got home I didn’t know what to do. I knew I needed some support. I’ve signed up for so many Ann’s Place groups and classes, all of which are free!!
23 months later I knew something was wrong. I told my team at Sloan Kettering that I had a relapse, but everything looked normal. I asked for a bone marrow biopsy (something people don’t usually ask for!) and the next day I got the call saying I was right. I had a relapse.
This news was devastating, but I knew it was time to fight again and I had Ann’s Place in my corner. I had tools I didn’t have the first time to get me through this process again. And here I am! I survived many rounds of chemotherapy and a second stem cell transplant. I did a lot better this time, and that’s it! I stay in remission :).
I still use the support of Ann’s Place – I speak to the most amazing therapist, Alison DiPinto, who helped me redefine the way I think. My conversations with her are life changing!! I’m learning to play guitar, something on my bucket list! My daughters and I signed up for cat therapy! Kitten Therapy. I can barely wait for it. The support groups are filled with wonderful, caring people, as is the entire organization.
Now it’s time to help Ann’s Place continue to help people like me! Please donate an amount within your means.
Your donation goes directly to supporting cancer patients and their families through a variety of services, all offered free of charge to those in need. Thank you for your support… and please don’t forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!
Ann’s Place offers help and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Their clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts offer a variety of services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer. Ann’s Place relies on the generosity of donors to continue to provide these services free of charge.
Their mission is to provide comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Everyone is welcome at Ann’s Place.
Visit Allison’s fundraising page and support this brave model and Ann’s Place HERE.
For more event information or to purchase tickets, please visit the event page