Brooklyn Couple Diagnosed With Cancer 9 Days Apart

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This is a story about the power of love, the strength of community, and the indomitable will to live.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams: The Couple Still Feels Lucky

In a nine-day span, both Nathan Bond, 38, and his wife, 36-year-old Elisa, learned that they have advanced cancer. Nathan found out on Valentine’s Day.

Nathan has Stage 3 colorectal cancer. He has been given a 60% chance of surviving five years or more. Elisa has Stage 4 breast cancer and has a 16% chance of surviving five years.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg : Brooklyn Couple In The Fight For Their Lives

Just 18-months-ago, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter and are now painfully planning Sadie’s future without them.

Family and friends have created a Web page to help raise money for the Bay Ridge couple who are both undergoing aggressive treatment.

The blog features heartwarming family photos and a wedding video that shows the smiling couple with all the promise of a bright future.

LINK: Friends of Nathan and Elisa

The site has so far raised $25,000 for medical expenses and daycare, enfolding the couple in an embrace of love and support, so they can focus on healing.

“We started getting calls from strangers that heard about this and want to help out; it’s just amazing that this type of situation has brought out so much good will,” relative Loren Weiner said.

The couple has been taking it “day by day” and are appreciative of all of the support they have received, Weiner said.

“It’s so difficult to ever think about preparing for something like this and they’re doing an amazing job,” Weiner said. “Their child is everything to them, more than anything else in the world their child is their motivation.”

In an e-mail, Elisa Bond said, “We are at the very beginning of this journey; a journey we pray we will travel with grace and one we are grateful to be traveling with the support and love our family, friends and even kind strangers.”

You can help them fight their battle by donating HERE.

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  • Patricia

    I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with no prior incidence and fired my first doctor who was not positive – I found a brilliant oncologist who ‘blasted it out of me’ and went into remission after 7 months of treatment – no surgery – I am undergoing treatment for a small progression which has responded excellently – do not give up hope or give in to statistics. You can do a lot yourself – I am trying to help others through my website help your own You are lucky to have friends helping you with costs. I did it all on my own while caring for an ill 86 year old mother. Bless your friends. You are in my prayers

  • kclowe

    I read your story & your blog. I have to say you both are very strong people. I am weak and would have feel apart. I hope & pray that if I our anyone close to me is delt the hand you were that I can be half as strong as you two are. I pray for physical & mental healing for you & your family. My God is a loving, all knowing & healing God. Call on him for your needs. Don’t ask him to heal you believe that he will with all your being.

  • Darlene Loynachan

    I heard your story today and it home with my spouse and I. I was 47 yrs old and diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer in Dec. 09. I went through a year of horrible treatment…chemo 6 months, radiation and surgery. At the end of 2010 my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer.. He went through 8 weeks of radiation. Just recently my cancer has returned some…2 lymph nodes and very small spot in the lung. I just started chemo therapy last week. I’m doing very well and I believe I am being healed as I typed. I believe you two will be healed and will raise your daughter. We love the Lord so much and feel He has allowed this to teach others and show what a mighty God He is. I am a nurse and have taken care of so many sick people…never really knew what it was like until I have went through it. This will make me a better nurse when I return back to work. Please feel free to contact us anytime. We will be lifting you both up to the Lord daily as well as your daughter and may your life shine for the Lord. Ken and Darlene

  • jackie

    My prayers are with your family, That you both will be healed and be around until your daughter is grown. I heard that there is a tv program in NY called the incurables, maybe it can help you with some additional information in seeking help. GOOD LUCK.

  • Amy

    “Never must the physician say, the disease is incurable. By that admission he denies God,
    our Creator; he doubts Nature with her profuseness of hidden powers and mysteries.”
    Morris Fishbein MD

  • Tina Cilia

    Never give up hope and live one day at a time. My dad went through a very serious bought with kidney cancer, he is 80 years old. He still has the cancer, but they are controlling. it. Before my dad was diagnosed I had such a different and hopeless look out on cancer, but through this experience it has brought me knowledge. Everyone had him dead and buried, except his Oncologist. I will never forget what he said to us that made such a difference. When we asked what his chances of survival were, he said listen and listen very carefully, EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT, THERE ARE NO TWO PEOPLE THE SAME AND NO TWO PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME RESPONSE TO THERAPY, IT IS SO INDIVIUAL, so you never give up hope. My Day is still alive today, and doing very well, ONE DAY AT A TIME. GOD BLESS ALL THREE OF YOU.

  • S, R,

    There is an alternative therapy called PROTOCEL. I PERSONALLY KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO WERE CURED THROUGH THIS REMEDY. The reason that ACS and SLOAN are against it is because chemo is a multi-billion dolll ar industry. You owe it to yourself to try it. You will most likely live to see your daughter grow up. IT IS INEXPENSIVE, CAN BE TAKEN WHILE TAKING CHEMO AND IT REALLY WORKS. PLEASE, PLEASE CONTACT ME . IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

    • emily

      I pray for Nathanl and Elisa. There is a God above and he will make a miracle for this couple who seem to have it all together than most couples who have been together for decades. First laugh each day. It is great for the soul. Plan and do things together even with your Baby Sadie. Nothing is final or over till it is OVER! Watch funny cartoons and movies. LEAVE THE STRESS ALONE! This is the number one killer. Believe you have nothing and you won’t. Use feed back together and be as normal as possible. Enjoy the outdoors. Don’t use any chemicals in your home. And be kind to people even when they don’t deserve it. Nathan, this is for you, I have 22 pulps in my colon and more growing, what are the symptonms when you know you have to go to treatments? I had 14 polyps taken out and 22 more to go. I have alot of stress in my life right now and feel this is why I am where I am. I am not complaining just have not been taking my own advise lately. I too have a son in H.S. He’s my buddy. I want to live but I also want
      to see him grow up to a successful gentlemen. I also had stomach tumor. I have 1/2 stomach but I won’t give up. Each day is a challenge and HOPE!!! Don’t you both give up. Trust in God and your love ( which is so important in a person’s life, to have someone tru to you) and your love for your baby. That’s what keeps us going. YOU will both survive and make it. Remember fresh green vegetables, grains and antioxidont teas and pau’d arco tea is great! Love you guys. Never give up. Think positive. I am still here since diagnosed 10 years ago with carcinoid tumor. I just let some personal stress slip up on me and it’s time to let it go. I WANT TO LIVE regardless of what some Dr.s think You need Dr.s but the higher one is the one who gives the results and the ok.


    Well, here is what their baby girl will grow up knowing- she will understand the kindness of family, friends and strangers, her parents undying love and the power of optimism and hope and miracles despite remarkably difficult odds. She will know that even strangers love her and that rallying around people in pain and sickness is what makes being human so incredibly special. Her parents sound so wonderful and my heart goes out to them so fully. C’mon SCIENCE AND FAITH! do your thing!!!

  • Ellicar

    Everyone makes their own decisions. There is no one perfect treatment, no one-size-fits-all. Faith and prayer are important, God is real, and works miracles, but has also given us knowledge to use. If something conventional is appropriate, use it, if something alternative, use that, if both together, use them. I am sure we have barely shaken the trees for what we can find against cancer, and we have to try harder. But for these two, the need is now, and I have no other way to help them but to pray. I am still dealing with the aftermath of a high stage cancer. Yes, treatment can be very hard, and definitely impact the quality of life, but it is different for everyone–some handle it better than others–and it is for each patient to decide when enough is enough. Not any doctor. It is for doctors to be up front, explain things, kindly, carefully, and for patients and their loved ones to research and explore and learn about options, and decide what is best for them. I have personally turned to my Great Physician for guidance again and again, and He has not steered me wrong. That doesn’t mean I will live to old age. That just means, one day at a time, He has helped me navigate these rough waters, and so far survive here on earth. But I am in tune with my own mortality now, and know where I will be going :-) when my struggles here are through. I know people die from cancer, faith or no faith, but I also know people survive it, and while I don’t have all the answers as to why in each case, I know there is a bigger picture we can’t see right now. I am not young, with no spouse or kids, and the bitterness of what these two are facing is greater than what I am facing. So I pray for them, since that is all I can do right now, and I know my prayers are not in vain.

    • Abby

      what lovely words. I pray for you also that you may win this thing. God bless you and be well!

  • sawnetbean

    In terms of treatment:

    Let’s be realistic. Many treatments for cancer have terrible side-effects that render any increase in life-span an episode in slow torture. Sometimes quality, not quantity, of life is the most important thing.

    PS-I am a physician

    • JY

      She helped sell me my apt. If it were me, as a doctor, I’d see what happens in a month. If no decrease, or if increase in mets, I think I’d get on a plane and see Paris with the family. There isn’t enough time to spend it sick as a dog.



  • Nancy

    let’s leave god out of this. Getting yourselves to the best hospital and finding docs that offer courage and hope is the way to go. I had stage 4 tongue cancer and am doing well. The outpouring of love helps and so does a great outlook on life.
    Very sad that both young parents are battling these odds, but I know c can be beat.

    • jimmy hammond

      That is keeping God in it.

  • Nancy Luna

    May God help the two of them survive this… All I can say is Believe in God and he will help you.

    • Michael H.

      God isn’t going to help them. Doctors and modern medicine will.

  • NYC

    Wow, this is so heartbreaking..just made my humble donation.

  • Toun

    This surely is heart braking but you can survive it with God on your side.Your story might be one of those that are not unto death but to glorify God’s name.

  • Nina

    What about this doctor?

    • Michael H.

      More pseudoscience. He runs his own trials, without peer review or oversight.

  • brooklyn4ever

    I have been traveling to Manhattan on the train for upwards of 30 years and this morning is the first time that I have openly cried on the train while reading the paper. How can fate be so cruel? Colon cancer took my mother and breast cancer took my brother. I know what they are up against and the odds that are against them. I pray for them and I [ray for their beautiful daughter. God Bless you both.

  • Geoff

    Doc, very interesting. Please cite the survey – I’d like to read it. Thanks.

    • sawnetbean

      read the article it gives the odds

    • JY

      16% for her 5 year survival, 60% for him. Not good.

  • Bernie Sanders

    So sad I am so sorry for the family God bless you both and I wish you well .

  • FT

    : ‘ ((((((((((

  • Moral Truth

    Hopefully the couple will have a heallthy recovery. Its nice to see people raising money for them and thats the moral truth

  • Matthew Zachary

    As young adult cancer survivors in NYC, I can think of no other organization better suited to help them understand their next steps – especially as parents – than the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, online at They can call 877-735-4673 right now and connect.

  • lorna

    WOW !! how is this possible….is faith that cruel?

  • david coppolino

    please tell them to go to for alternative medidine remedies.

    • Michael H.

      David, please do not spread this pseudo-science. Cancell and its derivatives have never been shown to have any positive effect. No peer review study has ever confirmed that it works. The ACS and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center both recommend against it.

      • sawnetbean

        Let’s be realistic. Many treatments for cancer have terrible side-effects that render any increase in life-span an episode in slow torture. Sometimes quality, not quantity, of life is the most important thing.

        PS-I am a physician

      • Michael H.

        “Doc”, that is not a peer reviewed study of Cancell and/or its derivatives. The argument “X” is wrong so “Y” must be right (your argument: “chemotherapy only works X% of the time so Cancell is the right choice” is fallacious and a DANGEROUS argument).

        “agents were asked to imagine that they had cancer” Are you kidding me? A *POLL* is not a clinical study.

      • Doc

        In Clinical Oncology the authors reviewed randomized clinical trials that reported a 5-year survival rate in 22 major adult cancers. The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.

        [Morgan G et al. The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adult malignancies. Clinical Oncology 2004;16:549-560.]

        In 1986 118 doctors who routinely recommended patients for clinical trials involving chemotherapeutic agents were asked to imagine that they had cancer: Which of six chemotherapy treatments plans would they choose for themselves? Only 79 replied and of these, 58 said they would choose none. The reasons they gave were the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy and the unacceptably high degree of toxicity.

      • Stuart

        Michael I completely agree. If a website with a miracle cure has a visa card billing system, it speaks for itself. Complementary and alternative therapies can help you manage side effects, but thats it. Any queries ask your oncologists.

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