Only five weeks ago, a fragile Chivette showed up at theCHIVE office for the first time. She hadn’t left her bed in a week. I remember talking to a defeated girl that day. After 6 rounds of chemo to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tamara Bordeaux had lost her insurance and confided in me that she’d lost the energy and motivation to move forward. Hope was giving way to emptiness.
Tamara’s best friend Amanda had organized a fundraiser at a local restaurant in San Clemente to help pay for Tamara’s next chemo treatment. 90 people had RSVP’d. Amanda asked if we could get Chive Nation behind the event? Yep. We published a last-minute story calling out for Chivers to meet us in San Clemente.
I remember pulling up to a sea of green. Hundreds of Chivers traveled from dozens of states to rally around Tamara and help raise money. Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton arrived in droves with wallets open.
Between Tamara’s charity website and the party, we raised over $40,000 for Tamara in just a few days. Tamara went in for her 7th round of chemo the day after her fundraiser.
So much has changed in 5 weeks…
On Saturday, Tamara stopped by theCHIVE to personally deliver some amazing news.
She has just received some news from her doctor. After her last round of chemo they were unable to detect any living cancer cells in her body. Tamara is cancer free!