The family and friends of Sandra Tavares, are uniting to raise money to aid her in her battle with breast cancer.
We need to raise $20,000 to help Sandy get to a clean bill of health.
Sandra Tavares is a 41 year old women married to Bobby Tavares. She and Bobby have one beautiful daughter; Alana who is 8. Over the years, Sandra has had her courage and strength put to the test. She is one of the strongest individuals I know, and I'm proud to be a part of her family.
I would like to share Sandra's courage with the world; so here is her story!
Sandra had been experiencing some pain in her breast on and off for a few months prior. After her own self-evaluation and discovery of a mass, she decided to contact her doctors. About 2 months ago, Sandy went for a mammogram and a sonogram. The doctors felt the need to do a biopsy right then and there. The doctors told her to come back a couple of days later and to be sure to bring someone. She knew that meant something was very wrong. The doctors told her she had breast cancer.
Sandra had a lumpectomy. After the procedure doctors informed Sandy that she had what they call "triple negative breast cancer." This just happens to be a type of cancer that doctors aren't sure what causes it and they only know it's aggressive.
For the past couple of months Sandra and Bobby have been struggling to keep their family afloat. She's undergoing chemotherapy and has not been able to work - now drowning in debt. She has overdue copays and medical bills. She needs help and I need yours!
I want to help get my sister and her family back on their feet with a smile. I can't stand to see my sister, bother-n-law and niece suffer each day from things that are completely out of their control. It's time to give Sandy a chance to live and love and to feel loved. Any funds graciously donated will go towards their steep deductible and any residuals will help to alleviate basic living costs; making it possible for Sandra to stay at home and get some much needed rest during this difficult process.
So I've set up this site to try to raise some funds for my sister. The average woman facing breast cancer will have to pay over $20,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. Like most people in this country, Sandra and her family haven't prepared for that kind of financial burden. As her sister I wondered what I could do to help so I have created this page to enable all her loved ones all over the world to provide emotional and financial support. If you are not in a financial position to donate, please pass this along to any survivors or other empathetic givers you might know. We are truly grateful for your love, prayers and support.
In her own words, Sandra recently posted on FaceBook:
"Dear Breast Cancer,
I found you hiding during my routine self exams in the shower 5 months ago. Biopsy confirmed that you crept into my life without permission. You were small, spreading out of the milk ducts and into the surrounding tissue. We took you out, as soon as we could, and your genetic makeup meant that I need 4 months of aggressive chemotherapy, followed by radiation. You may eventual...ly be taking my hair, you may be taking my femininity - but I will get those back!
You were slowly taking my sense of complacency, but I replaced that with live-in-the-moment philosophy. You gave me fear and I turned it around and made it courage. Thanks to you, I have been much more focused on my general health and well-being.
It has been an extremely interesting few months getting to know you. To be honest your appearance in my life is unwanted and frightening, and left me in temporarily sadden and depressed state. But I am determined to continue laughing and smiling and live my life to the fullest from this moment forward.
I think you have made me into a much more positive, tolerant, and optimistic person and I thank you for that.
These upcoming 4 months of treatment to suppress you and bring you under control may take a toll on me both physically and mentally, but because of you I have learned and adapted in living a healthier lifestyle. I will make sure you never, ever, come back. Rest assured, by this summer you will be nothing but a bad memory!
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