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Alicia’s fight for life

By 13 February 2014 51

AlicaHi RA, been a while since I’ve posted here but I’ve certainly been lurking from time to time.  Great to see very little has changed :-)

I’m hoping I’ve caught some of you in a generous mood as I’m about to do something I’ve never done before… that is, reach out to the internet and ask for donations.

A childhood friend of mine who grew up in Weston Creek has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.  She’s in her late 20′s, and her prognosis is not good.

A treatment offered in Germany has given her a ray of hope, however the treatment is expensive, hence the requests for donations.

Please take a moment to read about Alicia’s fight at the website her family has created.  If you feel compelled to donate, even a dollar or two, every little bit will count and will be greatly appreciated.

http://www.aliciasfight.com

Thanks in advance RiotACT.

Alex.

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51 Responses to Alicia’s fight for life
#1
imhotep3:22 pm, 13 Feb 14

Wow. What a story, and what courage that girl has.

Really puts our day-to-day whinges into perspective.

#2
Nylex_Clock8:16 am, 14 Feb 14

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

#3
jennybel7510:11 am, 14 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Sceptical of Alicia’s story or of the treatment? I’m curious as to which and why?

#4
goody65811:00 am, 14 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Don’t think its legit?

#5
Antagonist12:00 pm, 14 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

#6
churl12:41 pm, 14 Feb 14

What is the treatment available only in Germany?
(I did look on the linked website, but couldn’t find details).

#7
Masquara1:04 pm, 14 Feb 14

goody658 said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Don’t think its legit?

They should include her surname on the site . Just ‘Alicia’ could be anyone.

#8
Alderney2:38 pm, 14 Feb 14

Masquara said :

goody658 said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Don’t think its legit?

They should include her surname on the site . Just ‘Alicia’ could be anyone.

Took me all of 60-120 seconds to find her surname on the site.

Look again.

#9
Masquara3:16 pm, 14 Feb 14

Alderney said :

Masquara said :

goody658 said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Don’t think its legit?

They should include her surname on the site . Just ‘Alicia’ could be anyone.

Took me all of 60-120 seconds to find her surname on the site.

Look again.

Shouldn’t take two minutes- that’s long enough for people to get sceptical. Should be a definite identified person straight up – there are so many fraudulent fundraiser sites all over the place.

#10
NoImRight3:38 pm, 14 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Alderney said :

Masquara said :

goody658 said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

Don’t think its legit?

They should include her surname on the site . Just ‘Alicia’ could be anyone.

Took me all of 60-120 seconds to find her surname on the site.

Look again.

Shouldn’t take two minutes- that’s long enough for people to get sceptical. Should be a definite identified person straight up – there are so many fraudulent fundraiser sites all over the place.

So a surname on a website is your ultimate test of legitimacy for a charity? Do you sit with a stopwatch saying “Only 1 minute to find it so yes heres my credit card details”

#11
Sgt.Bungers7:39 pm, 14 Feb 14

Hi All, A few rounds of thanks to give out, First thanks to RA mods for approving the post and putting it on the front page. A huge thanks to anyone who may have made donations so far. Also a big thanks to Virgin Australia, Alicia’s former employer, for running a valentines day fund-raiser for her today. Pictures can be found via Facebook

Those of you who are sceptical, I don’t blame you. This is the internet after all, requests for money are rarely legit. To attempt to prove that this is real, I’ve also updated my own website with information about this donation campaign Link here.

If you’d like a tax deductible receipt for any donation you may make, you will receive one if you donate via Alicia’s Everyday Hero page.

Thanks all, I appreciate your time and generosity.

Alex.

#12
Masquara7:55 pm, 14 Feb 14

Sgt.Bungers said :

Hi All, A few rounds of thanks to give out, First thanks to RA mods for approving the post and putting it on the front page. A huge thanks to anyone who may have made donations so far. Also a big thanks to Virgin Australia, Alicia’s former employer, for running a valentines day fund-raiser for her today. Pictures can be found via Facebook

Those of you who are sceptical, I don’t blame you. This is the internet after all, requests for money are rarely legit. To attempt to prove that this is real, I’ve also updated my own website with information about this donation campaign Link here.

If you’d like a tax deductible receipt for any donation you may make, you will receive one if you donate via Alicia’s Everyday Hero page.

Thanks all, I appreciate your time and generosity.

Alex.

Thanks for the update – will make a contrib.

#13
lostinbias8:58 pm, 14 Feb 14

Sgt.Bungers said :

Hi All, A few rounds of thanks to give out, First thanks to RA mods for approving the post and putting it on the front page. A huge thanks to anyone who may have made donations so far. Also a big thanks to Virgin Australia, Alicia’s former employer, for running a valentines day fund-raiser for her today. Pictures can be found via Facebook

Those of you who are sceptical, I don’t blame you. This is the internet after all, requests for money are rarely legit. To attempt to prove that this is real, I’ve also updated my own website with information about this donation campaign Link here.

If you’d like a tax deductible receipt for any donation you may make, you will receive one if you donate via Alicia’s Everyday Hero page.

Thanks all, I appreciate your time and generosity.

Alex.

I don’t doubt the legitimacy of the fundraising, but there are very few details regarding what the treatment in Germany actually is. I just hope it’s not alternative “medicine”.

If it isn’t, I’d be happy to donate next time I get paid.

#14
Sgt.Bungers8:59 pm, 14 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Thanks for the update – will make a contrib.

Legend. Thanks Masquara,

#15
Rusalka12:57 am, 15 Feb 14

Those of you who are skeptical, I completely understand. But I know Alicia, her family and Sgt. Bungers, and completely agree this is 100% legit. If you feel so moved to donate (and I understand either way if you do or do not), I know it would make a difference to Alicia’s chance of life.

I am unaware of what the treatment in Germany is at this stage, but I do know that from my father going through cancer treatment at the Canberra Hospital, that there were medical options in Europe that weren’t available here yet. A lot just through the fact that there were some medical technologies or techniques that just hadn’t gotten through Australian testing/approval yet. That was 3 years ago, but I’m not surprised that there is something over there that Alicia may not be able to recieve here yet.

#16
Nylex_Clock5:34 am, 15 Feb 14

Interestingly, a website called “aliciasfight.org” was registered a year before “Alicia” decided to beg for money to pay for this unspecified “treatment” at an unnamed German Oncology centre:

Domain Name:ALICIASFIGHT.ORG
Domain ID: D165114332-LROR
Creation Date: 2012-03-26T19:38:34Z
Updated Date: 2013-03-10T12:31:12Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2014-03-26T19:38:34Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Domain.com, LLC (R1915-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 886
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID:DOT-4FMQYT980G1K
Registrant Name:john-eric hartman
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 1071 sixth ave suite 230
Registrant City:san diego
Registrant State/Province:ca
Registrant Postal Code:92101
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6198717592

Coincidence?

#17
Nylex_Clock5:48 am, 15 Feb 14

churl said :

What is the treatment available only in Germany?
(I did look on the linked website, but couldn’t find details).

Precisely.

These sorts of begging-sites always mention the surgeon who needs to be paid, or the clinic that needs paying.

That this info is not shared is a hint that, assuming the story is in fact genuine, they are probably intending to give money to some low-life fleecer of cancer victims such as Burzynski.

#18
ScienceRules10:08 am, 15 Feb 14

Antagonist said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

Absolutely disgraceful comment. How can you possibly live with yourself?

#19
ScienceRules10:13 am, 15 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

churl said :

What is the treatment available only in Germany?
(I did look on the linked website, but couldn’t find details).

Precisely.

These sorts of begging-sites always mention the surgeon who needs to be paid, or the clinic that needs paying.

That this info is not shared is a hint that, assuming the story is in fact genuine, they are probably intending to give money to some low-life fleecer of cancer victims such as Burzynski.

+1

This is indeed a problem. We all feel great sympathy for Alicia and I’m sure that everyone would want to help. The problem is that there are con artists who know this and who are quite willing to lie and cheat desperate, dying people and their families out of their life savings.

I’m sure that Alicia’s family would literally do anything to save her life. Unfortunately this may also include seeking treatments that if not fraudulent, are unproven and experimental only increasing Alicia’s misery and emptying her pockets.

So yes, I think it’s very important that we know what this mysterious, unnamed treatment is before contributing.

#20
Antagonist11:49 am, 15 Feb 14

ScienceRules said :

Antagonist said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

Absolutely disgraceful comment. How can you possibly live with yourself?

Many years ago while stoned off my a**, a good friend asked me a hypothetical question: Would I still find my super-hot girlfriend attractive if she shaved her head, or lost her hair to chemotherapy. That girlfriend is now my wife of over 10 years.

Now we have Alicia here, who’s (brave) selfie is now on RiotACT for all and sundry to see. If you look past the hair loss, do you see the young hot chick, who unfortunately also has cancer? Or is it only ugly chicks that get cancer? There was nothing sexual or degrading in my comment. It is *YOU* that is the disgrace if you cannot see the hot chick in the photo.

#21
Antagonist11:51 am, 15 Feb 14

ScienceRules said :

Antagonist said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

Absolutely disgraceful comment. How can you possibly live with yourself?

As for how I can live with myself? Well, for one thing, I don’t have cancer. And I took the 2 minutes out to donate $5 lousy dollars to help her. What have you done to help her?

#22
churl2:40 pm, 15 Feb 14

“The clinic offers advanced technology and treatments not available in Australia, applying a holistic individualised approach that will give Alicia the best chance of surviving.” is all it says on website.
Anyone touched by cancer will understand the desperation and depression that can ensue.
There are a lot of clinical trials underway for different cancers (increasingly focussed on tumour sensitivity rather than location of tumour), usually with very tight enrollment requirements, including geography (see recent reports of David Murrell going for treatment to Norway where his father, by bizarre coincidence, was working on glioblastoma multiforme vaccines). Thus there may well be serious treatment options only accessible in Germany.
As others have noted, desperate people have often turned to dubious treatments or even quacks in these circumstances.
I await more details before donating, sympathy notwithstanding.

#23
Masquara4:08 pm, 15 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

Interestingly, a website called “aliciasfight.org” was registered a year before “Alicia” decided to beg for money to pay for this unspecified “treatment” at an unnamed German Oncology centre:

Domain Name:ALICIASFIGHT.ORG
Domain ID: D165114332-LROR
Creation Date: 2012-03-26T19:38:34Z
Updated Date: 2013-03-10T12:31:12Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2014-03-26T19:38:34Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Domain.com, LLC (R1915-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 886
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID:DOT-4FMQYT980G1K
Registrant Name:john-eric hartman
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 1071 sixth ave suite 230
Registrant City:san diego
Registrant State/Province:ca
Registrant Postal Code:92101
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6198717592

Coincidence?

Well, yes, considering that there are about 200,000 Alicias in the United States.

#24
Masquara4:10 pm, 15 Feb 14

Antagonist said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

Why don’t the f-ing moderators censor this sort of imbecile sh*t?

#25
Masquara4:12 pm, 15 Feb 14

ScienceRules said :

So yes, I think it’s very important that we know what this mysterious, unnamed treatment is before contributing.

I’m tending to agree: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tragic-end-for-mum-in-german-cancer-1676588

#26
ScienceRules5:22 pm, 15 Feb 14

Antagonist said :

ScienceRules said :

Antagonist said :

Nylex_Clock said :

I am amazingly sceptical of this one.

What of? That hot chicks can get cancer? It happens.

Absolutely disgraceful comment. How can you possibly live with yourself?

As for how I can live with myself? Well, for one thing, I don’t have cancer. And I took the 2 minutes out to donate $5 lousy dollars to help her. What have you done to help her?

This and your previous attempt to justify yourself are utterly unconvincing. Alicia’s looks have absolutely nothing to do with anything. Your comments demonstrate a shallow and callous attitude to women in general and Alicia in particular.

My opinion of you is unchanged.

#27
ScienceRules5:27 pm, 15 Feb 14

churl said :

“The clinic offers advanced technology and treatments not available in Australia, applying a holistic individualised approach that will give Alicia the best chance of surviving.” is all it says on website.
Anyone touched by cancer will understand the desperation and depression that can ensue.
There are a lot of clinical trials underway for different cancers (increasingly focussed on tumour sensitivity rather than location of tumour), usually with very tight enrollment requirements, including geography (see recent reports of David Murrell going for treatment to Norway where his father, by bizarre coincidence, was working on glioblastoma multiforme vaccines). Thus there may well be serious treatment options only accessible in Germany.
As others have noted, desperate people have often turned to dubious treatments or even quacks in these circumstances.
I await more details before donating, sympathy notwithstanding.

Yep, the term “holistic” is usually a buzzword for a range of therapies that are have either not been proven to work or proven not to work. Germany is a hot spot for the fraud that is homeopathy for example.

Also, standard treatments such as chemo and radio therapy are all individually tailored to the person and the condition. This is sounding more and more like caring, desperate people falling into the clutches of amoral charlatans. But I could be wrong…

#28
gentoopenguin5:33 pm, 15 Feb 14

I guess the comments here (except for the tool with the hot chick comment) reflect my own concern about trying to work out if this is legitimate. It is, after all, the internet. Besides that, the website isn’t clear on how much money is required and how much has already been raised.

#29
Pork Hunt6:24 pm, 15 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

Interestingly, a website called “aliciasfight.org” was registered a year before “Alicia” decided to beg for money to pay for this unspecified “treatment” at an unnamed German Oncology centre:

Domain Name:ALICIASFIGHT.ORG
Domain ID: D165114332-LROR
Creation Date: 2012-03-26T19:38:34Z
Updated Date: 2013-03-10T12:31:12Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2014-03-26T19:38:34Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Domain.com, LLC (R1915-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 886
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID:DOT-4FMQYT980G1K
Registrant Name:john-eric hartman
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 1071 sixth ave suite 230
Registrant City:san diego
Registrant State/Province:ca
Registrant Postal Code:92101
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6198717592

Coincidence?

You refer to a .org whereas Alicia’s thing is .com.

#30
el7:12 pm, 15 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

Interestingly, a website called “aliciasfight.org” was registered a year before “Alicia” decided to beg for money to pay for this unspecified “treatment” at an unnamed German Oncology centre:

That might have been “interesting” if it was “the same site” mentioned in the OP.

But it isn’t.

.org !=.com

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