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Carolina's Cancer Costs

$23,254 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 310 people in 1 month
Created October 13, 2018
The Story


My name is Victoria and I set up this GoFundMe to raise money for my best friend Carolina. The listed beneficiary is Carolina’s mom, Silvia, for ease of bill payment.

Carolina's dreams came true in July 2018 when she was offered a spot at Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She left her friends and awesome job in Denver, Colorado to start her four year journey to become a Doctor. 



However, it only took about a month and a half until these dreams had to be put on pause. Carolina's intuition sent her to the hospital to get a large lump in her right breast checked out. On October 3, 2018 Carolina was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 26. 

She had to pack up her apartment and say goodbye to plans of being a Vet so that she could head back to the US for surgery and treatment. 




Why We Need Help


Anyone facing a battle with cancer will have countless medical costs, but Carolina's situation is special. Carolina gave up her health insurance in the United States to get health insurance while she studied in Canada. Coming back to the US this week, she had no health insurance. Her mother worked day and night to figure out how to get her the best insurance plan, and successfully got Carolina on a private insurance plan in the US. But the financial costs of this unexpected challenge are still going to be more than Carolina and her family will be able to cover on their own. 



The Treatment Plan

The doctors in Canada that gave Carolina her diagnosis believe that a double mastectomy and chemotherapy are the necessary steps to beating the cancer. Both of these treatment plans are extremely aggressive, but Carolina is ready for the fight. 



How Your Donations Will Help


Your donations will go straight to Carolina's medical care during her fight. Her mother, Silvia Scherer, is her primary care taker during this time, who will need to take off of work in order to get Carolina to doctor's appointments, care for her after surgery, and take her to get treatment. Your donations will be a security for the family so that these two fierce women can focus on getting Carolina back to health and not worry about the financial strain. 



How Soon?


Your donations will help Carolina right away. Her surgery will be taking place in the following days and the recovery will be difficult and long. Treatment will begin as soon as she is healed. 

Doctors appointments have already began and bills will be coming soon. Any donations will make an immediate impact to help Carolina and her mother. 



Thank you so much, and I will be posting updates as they come.



Victoria
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I will never be able to find the words to truly express how thankful I am for every person who donated to Carolina's medical care. And I'm so happy that her story has been shared over 1,000 on Facebook, thanks to all of you! Reaching ... then PASSING... our goal has been an amazing thing to experience. I promise that this incredible woman is deserving of every bit of generosity shown to her.

With Carolina's permission, I wanted to share an update on her condition.

Carolina met her medical team last week and loves them all. She feels confident that this is the right group of people to help her through this journey. In the last week Carolina has had a CT scan, a bone scan, a mammogram, biopsies, an EKG, and many other tests. We received great news that the cancer had not spread to Carolina's bones or other major areas of her body, but unfortunately it has spread to her axillary lymph nodes. The information collected from all of the tests led the doctors to decide that chemotherapy before surgery is the best plan of attack.

Carolina took this information like a champion, and cut all of her hair off to prepare for the battle, donating her long locks in the process. Chemotherapy treatment will start very soon, and will be many months long. I ask for your positive thoughts and prayers as Carolina adjusts to her new normal.

I will be leaving the campaign up for the duration of her treatment. The doctors believe treatment will take upwards of a year, and any continued donations will go straight to Carolina's medical care as the bills pile up.

Thank you all again for your generosity. Some of you love Carolina as much as I do, some of you are complete strangers. Regardless of what brought you here, the way you have supported my best friend has provided a sense of relief during a difficult time.

Victoria
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$23,254 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 310 people in 1 month
Created October 13, 2018
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