Maria's battle fund!
I have stood many times with my sister, sometimes she supported me, sometimes we stood shoulder to shoulder and now I stand as her support base. This time its a fight for her life, against the worst emeny of all, cancer.
Maria has been battling breast cancer since 2011. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. She endured a 9 hour surgery for breast reconstruction. In 2013 a tumor was discovered in her brain and once again Maria was in the hospital for another surgery. After 19 months of being cancer free, 2 more tumors developed in her brain. Because of the location on the brain - radiation treatment was prescribed instead of surgery. We recently found out that the tumors did not respond to the radiation and she will now go for her 3rd surgery. The surgery will be aggressive and there will be a good chance that she will be speech impaired and not be able to return to work for some time.
Maria is very independent and lives alone. My sister has devoted her life to teaching kindergarden for more than 3 decades. Teaching is her passion. Even with her own personal crisis, going through chemotherapy & radiation treatments, my sister always had her students on her mind. She kept in constant contact and stayed updated with their progress during her recovery.
As she anticipates her 3rd surgery in March, Maria has depleted her stock of sick days. After the 20 sick days that she has accrued, unfortunately she will not be paid and will endure financial hardship. I am asking you to give a donation to help relieve her financial burden. This will allow Maria to put her strength and energy into healing. In a perfect world this will allow her to get back to her passion of teaching.
I wanted to let you know Maria is home, doing much better. She still has a ways to go before regaining her independence and a normal routine.
While we continue to pray for a speedy recovery and ask that you do the same. I wanted to thank you all for the prayers , encouragement, donations and visits.
We are looking forward to a bright future and pray that each of you be well. Don't take any moments for granted.
Maria and the entire family
Needed to update you all and ask for prayers. Maria had emergency surgery last nite due to complications. We are optimistic that she is on the mend once again, not sure how long she will be in hospital. As everyone prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family, I ask that you all remember Maria and send positive thoughts her way.
As always we are most appreciative for your generosity and kindness. Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving, remember to count your blessings.
Unfortunately, Maria has exhausted the funds that were generously donated as well as savings/ retirement funds. I come to you once again to ask for your help both through prayer and support to help relieve the financial burden. Also if you could share this message with your family, friends and colleagues in support of Maria's battle against cancer and the complications it brings.
Please know you are in our thoughts and we are so grateful for your generosity
Thank you for time,
Dolores Jones and family