My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
May 06, 2015

Hi Family and Friends-

I know what you are thinking..."Again?" The answer is a big "Hell Yes!"

You all know my story.  I got cancer, had surgery, lost my hair, went through chemo, got 17 rounds of radiation and then I was all better.  Well, sorta.

In terms of cancer, I'm in remission.  I still go to the doctor every 4 months, get stuck with needles and have a panic attack while I'm waiting for the results.  I've had all kinds of issues due to side effects, but I don't let them get me down. I still live my life to the fullest and strive to raise more money every year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

To tell you the truth, I was going to stop fundraising this year.  I felt like I didn't have any time to put into it.  However, in December, I had a cancer scare.  For about a month and a half,  I was in and out of the hospital having blood tests,ultrasounds, MRI's, and biopsies.  To say I was scared is an underestimate, but yet again, my family and friends rallied around me.

Right after my scare, I found out one very sweet girl, Eleanor, who got up and spoke with me at the Light the Night walk last year, had her cancer return.  At 7 years old, she is the strongest, spunkiest and sweetest girl I've ever had the chance to know!!  It's little nuggets like her that make me want to keep raising money.  I don't like to see her hooked up to machines and wondering why she's sick.

So, I'm better because I no longer do things because I had cancer.  I don't want anyone to suffer with this awful sickness, especially the little ones who don't understand why they can't go outside, go to school or play with their friends.

We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.

Please make a donation and check my Web site frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!



Many people through the years have asked about "my story." So here it goes...

Cancer people always remember the day their entire world changed. Some ask why, I was more like "WTF, are you kidding me?" I had a cough. A cough that was piercing to everyone's ears and it hurt! Kirk said I had TB, some thought I had whooping cough and there was even a kennel cough thrown in there. At first, my doctor just thought it was allergies and asthma. After 2 weeks, it wasn't any better--maybe I had bronchitis? He listened to my chest and determined that I was wheezing and my lungs did sound congested. 3 weeks later, my cough was even worse. I was throwing up all the time when I coughed and I couldn't catch my breath--it was terrible! Being at my wits end, I went back to the doctor and he ordered a chest x-ray, maybe I had pneumonia?, but it didn't sound like it. The scan was done right before July 4th weekend, and my doc wouldn't be back in for about week. No big deal, I had dealt with it for this long what's a few more days?!

I will tell you this, no one will ever tell you that you have cancer over the phone. When I was told I needed to come into the office and whenever I got there would be fine, I knew something was definitely wrong. I've never had a shorter wait to get into see my doctor!! And then he dropped the bomb of my life.."You see this?" as he pointed to a mass that was sitting on my bronchial tubes shown on the xray, "This is a problem." He handed me a piece of paper with 2 names on it, one was a thoracic surgeon, the other an oncologist. I kind of stared at him, " Do I have cancer?" He hadn't exactly said it quite yet. "Yes, but you are going to be fine. I promise."

I walked out of his office in a daze, got to my car and called my mom, who was suffering with Stage IV breast cancer. "Mom, I have cancer." Typical of my mom, "No, you don't. Missy, quit screwing with me." --still makes me laugh that I can hear her saying it now:) Side bar: I was strangely obsessed with calling my mom and saying things to get a rise out of her i.e. I was pregnant, had eloped, gotten my nose pierced, gotten a tattoo, etc.

I digress...My oncologist appointment was first and my dear friend Branch went with me. She was my scribe. She knew I would be too wound up to take in everything that was being said--she was 100% correct. My oncologist said I either had lymphoma or something else with an 'oma', but I had a very high rate of success for remission. Next up, thoracic surgeon. He took one look at my xrays and said I had Hodgkin's Disease--he didn't know which one, but that's what I had. Now, I have always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person, but this was a lilttle ridiculous. In a one week span, I had been diagnosed with cancer, was supposed to have a major surgery (they were deflating one of my lungs to get to the "oma" which was near my heart, inserting my port and inserting this kick ass pain killer contraption into me) and I had 2nd row tickets to a Yankees-Rays game in Tampa behind the Yanks on-deck-circle!!. After a little haggling, I was cleared to go to my game (yes, my beloved Yanks won!) and would have the surgery the day after I got back. I won't even go into my hospital stay---What a hot mess!!

I didn't tell a lot of people my diagnosis. My tight circle of friends knew and my family. I didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me or say something awkward because truly, what do you say in the situation--sorry you have a sickness where you are going to lose all your hair and energy, feel like shit for awhile and be in a situation for the better part of a year that changes everything in your life? They don't make a Hallmark card for it, I looked:) I had cancer and I wasn't going to die. Just needed some time to get through my issues and deal with myself. For the next 6 months, I went to chemo every two weeks, and then had radiation for 17 sessions. I would take chemo every day to not have radiation--it is the worst!!

October 2012, I was finally put in remission and my chemo port was removed. This little cancer spell was behind me.

I was very lucky, my cancer was caught in the early stages and I had an awesome team of doctors--some are not that lucky, which is why I now raise money for LLS! They help people who are not Missy Bass. Those who don't have insurance and live in the metropolis of Richmond where cancer centers are cutting edge. Those who don't have friends and family who will take them to all their doctors appointment while they are going through treatment. It's these people that I want to help and with you, it's possible:)





Supporter Comments

    "So proud of you, Missy! Keep up the great work! XO"

    Sara & Curtis Dailey

    Sun May 31 10:00:52 EDT 2015


    Leslie & Chip Cutchins

    Sun May 31 10:44:09 EDT 2015

    "Keep kicking ass Missy!!"

    Mandy Tornabene

    Tue Sep 29 10:24:31 EDT 2015

    "I see you have reached your goal, but here's a little extra on your birthday! Congrats Rockstar!!!"

    Lauren and Tom Lamoureux

    Wed Sep 30 12:04:43 EDT 2015

    "So proud of you and so happy for you, Missy! xoxo"

    Courtney & Mike Froelich

    Mon Sep 28 07:54:04 EDT 2015

    "You go girl!! Great job."

    Karen Pfeil

    Mon Sep 28 09:50:34 EDT 2015

    "I am on Team Missy! You are a rockstar and I am proud to be working with you, delighted you are part of C&F and we are lucky to have you. Missy is a force to be reckoned with and a truly positive influence on everyone she meets!"

    Michael Mazzola

    Sat Sep 26 10:43:10 EDT 2015

    "Love you Missy!!"

    Jaimee Maddox

    Sat Sep 26 08:56:52 EDT 2015

    "We love you Missy! Your story and passion is inspiring."

    Josh & Jessica Bass

    Sat Sep 26 01:09:31 EDT 2015

    "Rock on Pledge Master Missy!!"

    Mandy and Eric Miller

    Fri Sep 25 09:04:35 EDT 2015

    "Way to kick ass Missy! I'm in awe of you! "

    The Hargettes

    Thu Sep 24 11:34:21 EDT 2015

    "Good luck in making your goal I hope this helps!!! xoxo Stephanie"

    Stephanie Okamoto

    Thu Sep 24 09:56:52 EDT 2015

    "Keep up the great work, girl! Always happy to support your team!"


    Thu Sep 17 08:48:36 EDT 2015

    "Good luck Missy!!"

    AK & Graham Johnson

    Tue Sep 15 09:30:06 EDT 2015

    "Alwatys, in memory of my mama:) xoxo "

    Missy Bass

    Tue Sep 15 05:46:26 EDT 2015

    "Wish I could walk with you lovecock!"

    Ashley C

    Fri Sep 11 10:05:24 EDT 2015

    "So proud of you Missy!!! "

    Corinne Wirtes

    Fri Sep 11 08:12:31 EDT 2015

    "Missy Bass kicked cancers ass!!!! I love ya kiddo."

    anna goodall

    Fri Sep 11 06:11:17 EDT 2015

    "anything for my shining star! "

    michelle deaver

    Fri Sep 11 11:11:45 EDT 2015

    "My Sister Missy Bass kicked Cancers Ass! This is to help someone else do the same! Love you Missy! Xoxoxo "

    Tiffany Bass McElmeel

    Fri Sep 11 07:04:26 EDT 2015

    "What a journey you've been on! I'm incredibly moved by your story & your passion for life. "

    Amy & Phillip Figueroa

    Fri Sep 11 01:51:09 EDT 2015

    "Love you girl! You're amazing!"

    Burke & Alexis Willard

    Fri Sep 04 03:20:52 EDT 2015

    "Cheers to the woman who hung the moon and the stars for me! So very proud to know you and have you in my life every single day! Love you! Xoxo "

    Nicole Reedy

    Thu Aug 13 01:55:06 EDT 2015

    "Love you and keep kicking cancer's ass!"

    Alexander Ayers

    Tue Jul 07 05:32:50 EDT 2015

    "Proud of you sissy!"

    Jason Donahoe

    Tue Jun 30 02:28:21 EDT 2015

    "Go Missy- you rock girl!! Love ya!!"

    catberine keir

    Thu Jun 11 06:41:00 EDT 2015

    "I love you Missy! You Rock! "

    Travis DePugh

    Thu Jun 04 09:26:10 EDT 2015

    "I love you boo"

    Callie grunstad

    Mon Jun 01 04:34:51 EDT 2015

    "Hi Missy! So glad to have met you at pelp earlier this year. I only wish I had known about your cancer journey then because I, too, just experienced my own cancer journey through 2014 and we could have shared a laugh or a cry or compared notes or war stories....or maybe everything happened just as it should have. Hope our paths cross soon again and I can give you a big hug. So so grateful you are doing this and sharing the opportunity with us all to help with something so important! "

    Lauren and Sean Ritchey

    Fri May 22 11:22:58 EDT 2015

    "Go Missy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Susan "Mantooth" Barber

    Mon May 18 10:09:27 EDT 2015

    "In true rock star fashion, you are always an inspiration!"

    Emily Herstein

    Tue May 12 11:18:32 EDT 2015

    "Dylan, Noah, Laura and Brandon Jackson say keep up the good fight. "

    Brandon Jackson

    Fri May 08 03:03:00 EDT 2015

    "Love you big sis! So proud of you, all you have overcome and all the greatness you continue to dish out!!! XXXXXXOOOOO"

    laurin armfield

    Fri May 08 06:50:36 EDT 2015

    "So proud of you Missy Bass!! "

    Kate & Ritter Jonas

    Thu May 07 03:47:33 EDT 2015

    "Love you girl! Looking forward to walking with you again! Always a special night! XO"

    King Family :)

    Thu May 07 12:01:10 EDT 2015

    "Get it girl!!! Wish I could give more!! "

    Taegan Doyle

    Wed May 06 03:36:29 EDT 2015

    "A great cause for some awesome people! "

    Walton and Jessica Moseley

    Tue May 05 03:02:44 EDT 2015

    "I gotcha, girl! Keeping Eleanor in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love to you always."

    Lil Crone Bonnette

    Tue May 05 01:40:02 EDT 2015

    "Living the moontime, time to live it up! "

    Berkeley & Cheney Edmunds

    Tue May 05 01:10:07 EDT 2015

    "Love ya Missy Bass!"

    Elizabeth Creasey

    Tue May 05 11:58:42 EDT 2015

    "You're beautiful uplifting spirit inspires us:)))"

    Kevin and Rosa McElroy

    Tue May 05 07:55:58 EDT 2015

    "you rock missy bass!"

    becky cyr

    Mon May 04 08:11:35 EDT 2015

    "Can't believe it took us this long ! Go Missy!"

    Tanner Pilcher

    Tue Sep 29 09:08:30 EDT 2015

    "Happy Birthday from Tyler, Josie and Parker! We love you.."

    Tyler, Josie and Parker Bass

    Tue Sep 29 08:04:57 EDT 2015

    "You're still my hero. "

    Amanda Smith

    Tue Sep 29 07:02:46 EDT 2015

    "Hope this helps, Missy! And, happy birthday!!!!"

    Tiffany Rivenbark

    Mon Sep 28 07:02:48 EDT 2015

    "You're awesome, Missy! Keep being an inspiration for others. "

    Chris Watson

    Mon Nov 23 11:50:36 EST 2015

    "Missy! Thanks for maintaining an awesome cause. This world is a better place because of you💕 Ali, Charlie, Bubba Mac"

    Ali Bigley

    Sat Nov 21 12:43:50 EST 2015

    "So glad you are here at C&F Mortgage Missy Your story is quite an inspiration to all of us!"

    Madeline Witty

    Fri Oct 09 03:40:25 EDT 2015

    "You continue to make me so proud we are related! Your drive, passion and humor, make you a magnificent woman. Your fundraising efforts astound me. Keep it up and keep it going and above all, stay healthy!!Love,AP"

    Aunt Pat and Uncle John

    Sat Oct 03 12:15:48 EDT 2015

    "You rock!"

    Shannan and Matt Barber

    Tue Sep 29 08:57:50 EDT 2015

    "Nice Work Missy!"

    Danielle Remieres

    Fri Nov 06 09:52:01 EST 2015

    "Thanks for all you do."

    Julia Grisham

    Tue Oct 27 04:11:24 EDT 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $10,780.00 | Goal: $10,000.00
108 %

My Team

Team Total: $13,829.75 | Goal: $12,000.00

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My Thanks To

C&F Mortgage Corporation $1000.00
Monarch Mortgage $1000.00
Missy Bass $300.00
Amanda Smith $250.00
anna goodall $250.00
Team Steadman $250.00
Walton and Jessica Mosele... $250.00
Kevin and Rosa McElroy $250.00
Tips from the Conch Repub... $200.00
Harley Bass $180.00
MIssy Bass $175.00
Berkeley & Cheney Edmunds $125.00
Branch Feagans $100.00
Aunt Pat and Uncle John $100.00
Courtney & Mike Froelich $100.00
Tiffany Rivenbark $100.00
Michael Mazzola $100.00
Mike Danner $100.00
Julie Reynolds $100.00
Stephanie Okamoto $100.00
AK & Graham Johnson $100.00
Ashley C $100.00
Kelly and Billy Wright $100.00
Cooper Pollard $100.00
Beast Light Retreat $100.00
Marc Galt $100.00
Michelle Cole $100.00
Jessica Bankston $100.00
Jason Donahoe $100.00
Mary Brown Leachman - Saf... $100.00
Bronwyn Heavner $100.00
Leslie & Chip Cutchins $100.00
Ana Recuero $100.00
Emily Herstein $100.00
Susan Skelly $100.00
Brandon Jackson $100.00
Kate & Ritter Jonas $100.00
Ann Douglas & Josh Irby $100.00
Jake $100.00
Cleve and Suzanne Wright $100.00
Katie & Tom Murphy $100.00
Jodie Cook & Paul Redwood $100.00
Hanna Zubar $80.00
Tyler, Josie and Parker B... $75.75
michelle deaver $60.00
The Hargettes $51.00
Ali Bigley $50.00
Julia Grisham $50.00
Lauren and Tom Lamoureux $50.00
Therese Langman $50.00
Barbara Noel $50.00
Jaimee Maddox $50.00
m $50.00
Ryan & Stacey McElreath $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
PJ & Chesia Cunniff $50.00
Amy & Phillip Figueroa $50.00
Nicole Reedy $50.00
Joey & Megan Lombard $50.00
Megan & Matt Griggs $50.00
sam boundy $50.00
Lauren and Sean Ritchey $50.00
Ashley Carpenter $50.00
Tripp and Carter Faison $50.00
King Family :) $50.00
Laura Walger $50.00
Lil Crone Bonnette $50.00
Edward Ould & Ruthie Burk... $50.00
Elizabeth Creasey $50.00
becky cyr $50.00
Madeline Witty $30.00
Georgia Parise $30.00
Pope hackney $30.00
Karen Pfeil $30.00
Corinne Wirtes $30.00
PCW $30.00
Chris Haberlin $30.00
Garrett Flynn $30.00
Susan "Mantooth" Barber $30.00
Gabi and Mike Gammel $30.00
Kelly Lassiter $30.00
Robb Anderson $30.00
Tom Callahan $30.00
Leslie Baker $25.00
Travis DePugh $25.00
Kasey Kaine $10.00
Chris Watson  
Danielle Remieres  
allen peacock  
Sophy & Kirk  
Della Tabar  
Robert Hale  
Mere Antonelli  
Leland McIntyre  
Tanner Pilcher  
Shannan and Matt Barber  
Meredith and Chris Cresw...  
Mandy Tornabene  
Josh & Jessica Bass  
Mandy and Eric Miller  
Joy Jones  
Elizabeth Vest  
Clair McDow  
Tiffany Bass McElmeel  
Burke & Alexis Willard  
Alexander Ayers  
catberine keir  
Callie grunstad  
Sara & Curtis Dailey  
Cameron and Billy Poynter  
Melissa & Ty Haynes  
laurin armfield  
Taegan Doyle  
Whitney Blanchard  
Katherine Ferguson