Help us continue to support and raise money for the Hinman family
Jenna Hinman fought an incredible courageous battle against stage 3 choriocarcinoma. She fought a heroic battlefor 2 months and her will and determinationnever faltered. We will continue to raise money for Brandon, Azlynn and Kinleigh to help make their lives a little more bearable as they must learn to live and move on without Jenna. Thank you for all your support and love. The family alsohas a gofundme page at gofundme.com/thehinmanfund where they will continue to accept donations.
All funds raised will be paid directly to
for Brandon, Jenna, Azlynn and Kinleigh Hinman.
Thanks to our supporters!
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Update: On May 5, 2014 Jenna Blaisdell Hinman lost her courageous battle against cancer. Her will was strong, but her body was tired. We will continue to support Brandon, Azlynn and Kinleigh by raising money and selling t-shirts. We will be putting a ton of money away into college funds for the girls, everyday expenses, and just to help make this transition without Jenna, a little bit easier. Thank you to everyone.
Our friend Jenna Blaisdell Hinman is in need of your love, support, and
prayers. She is currently fighting for her life at Crouse Hospital in
Syracuse, NY. Her husband, US Army SGT Brandon Hinman, freshly returned
from Afghanistan, is standing dutifully by her side while also caring
for their newborn twin girls. The "Prayers for Jenna" Facebook page that
we created currently has over 253,000 followers. Please take a moment
to read Jenna's heroic story, which is sure to touch your heart.
was in her 30th week of pregnancy when she went into premature labor on
March 3rd 2014. Jenna was rushed to the Emergency Room and delivered
her twin baby girls within an hour of arrival via emergency C-section.
Due to the babies’ premature birth, they were whisked away to the NICU
with Jenna only getting a quick glimpse of her newborns - Kinleigh Anne
Hinman (2 pounds 9 ounces) and Azlynn Mary Hinman (3 pounds 6 ounces),
both in good health. Soon after the delivery Jenna began having
difficulty breathing and the situation quickly escalated from fear that
she had pneumonia to a realization that she was fighting for her very
life. Jenna was placed in a medically induced coma on Thursday, March
6th 2014. It was then that the family learned that Jenna is suffering
from a rare, pregnancy-related cancer called choriocarcinoma, which had
filled her body with tumors and lesions. The cancer has been complicated
by a chest/lung infection, which degraded her lung function so severely
that they were rendered temporarily useless. To combat this lethal
cancer/infection combination the Crouse Hospital ICU formed a team of
prestigious medical professionals, both local and international, that
flew in to treat her.
The team immediately started her on heavy,
aggressive doses of chemotherapy and launched an unprecedented medical
intervention called ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). The ECMO
machine essentially removed blood from her body, oxygenated it, and
then pumped it back through the veins since her lungs could no longer do
it. These lifesaving efforts were essential, though they came with
their own set of risks. Jenna’s infected lungs were bleeding, which was
exacerbated by the chemotherapy, and for the ECMO machine to run
properly blood thinners were necessary to stop the tubes from filling
with dangerous clots – putting Jenna at great risk for uncontrolled
Jenna remained intubated and in the medically induced
coma for several weeks while the chemotherapy took effect. As her lungs
cleared, the team slowly weened her body off of the ECMO machine until
they successfully removed it on April 8, 2014. Eventually Jenna was
brought out of the medically induced coma and a tracheotomy replaced the
Though Jenna's cancer count has continuously
dropped, from 2,000,000 when diagnosed to only 113 today, she is still
gravely ill and incredibly weak. This roller coaster ride that began
March 3rd has shaken Jenna's family to the core and pushed them to the
brink of what people can endure. The Hinman twins spent 6 weeks in the
NICU, just a few floors above Jenna, and it was an incredible blessing
that they were so close so the family could be near mommy and the girls.
The twins have since been discharged and are living with Jenna's
parents - leaving Brandon to split his time between caring for his new
babies and supporting his beloved wife in the ICU. Brandon was called
back to duty at Fort Drum, NY on April 22nd, which was heart wrenching
for him. Thankfully, he reported for duty only to be ordered back to
Syracuse to be with his wife and their sweet babies.
the most kindhearted, caring, compassionate, and beautiful person - both
inside and out. Jenna has dedicated her professional life to helping
others each day as a Recreation Therapist working with psychologically
wounded warriors. Today as we write to you, Jenna has experienced a
major setback just as her family and friends began to see light at the
end of the tunnel. Jenna has developed pneumonia and her medical team is
urgently scrambling to treat this infection, which could ultimately
cost her her life, as they have her ventilator turned up to the highest
possible level and there's "nothing more" they can do to help her
Jenna has an amazing spirit and continues to fight this
cancer with everything she's got.
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