Maybe Matilda: A Kure for Krystle

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Kure for Krystle

A recent customer at my shop shared her friend's story with me while searching for a gift for her, and gave me permission to pass it on to you. I always feel touched by stories of families going through difficult illnesses . . . and even more so when there are children involved. I can't imagine the heartache and fear a child would feel as she watches her mother battle something like cancer, so I wanted to share with you the story of 3-year old Kloe and her mom, Krystle, who is fighting a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"On July 29, 2011 our dear friend Krystle DeBuono, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Nasal Cavity Ethmoid Sinus Cancer after months of being treated for a sinus infection. On August 9th she had major surgery in hopes to remove the cancerous tumor and spent a month recovering with two of the recovery weeks in ICU. Recently, Krystle has been told that the cancer has returned, it is spreading and is very aggressive. She will be in Boston, MA over the next several months to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Mass General.  

"Nasal Cavity Ethmoid Sinus Cancer is very rare and typically is found in adults 45 – 85 years old. Krystle is 28 years old so you can understand the severe rarity of her case. The cancer is so aggressive that at this time the tumors caused vision loss out of her left eye.

"Krystle will be faced with major medical bills and due to her illness she has spent several months out of work. Krystle has a loving 3 year old daughter, Kloe, and we want to make her return home stress free. We want to be able to provide Krystle the comfort of knowing that she is financially secure while she is on her way to recovery.

 "We will be having a benefit in her honor on Sunday, November 6th from 1pm - 4pm at Daniele's Banquet Specialists in New Hartford. We have cancer bracelets for sale and monetary donations are always greatly appreciated. 

"With every breath there is hope and we thank you for your support."
I encourage you to visit Krystle's site and, if you can, make a donation to help cover the cost of her medical bills. I'm sure every little bit, no matter how small, makes a big difference.


  1. Hi Rachel,

    I was very touched by this story, also because my daughter has an almost similar story and she has conquered her cancer.
    I wrote about it to Krystle to give her hope and donated also.
    I truly feel for her and pray that she will become victorious also.

  2. Very touching story. Wishing them all the best.

  3. I live in ireland, 46yrs, and i have been fighting ADENOCARCINOMA OF ETHMOID SINUS FROM ORGANIC WOOD for the last 3 1/2 years. It has returned over 6 times, and it cannot be reached now to be removed. I need to have a crainal faciel resection, I need this to be done before it goes through the ethmoid bone and then into the soft tissues and to my brain. Like your friend I do not meet any of the stats for this cancer. I am the only one in ireland with this, and the only one my surgeon has ever seen. This is a very tough time. I would love to hear how Kristal is and what treatment she has had. My oncologist said that chemo will not work for me. I will give you my details and should she wish to contact me I would be so grateful. I have no family, my son was killed in Afghanistan last year and I don't have anyone to talk to. My thoughts are with her, and i know what she is going through.


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