Help Silvia - F#ck Cancer

My very dear daughter, Silvia, is 33 years old and was diagnosed with cervical cancer this past August of 2017.  For those of you who know her, you know that she is an extraordinary human being.  She is cheerful, loving, unbelievably strong and always puts her family and friends before herself. 

A radical hysterectomy was performed in September 2017, to remove the cancer. That surgery was successful, and she continued with several weeks of radiation treatment. It has been a difficult ordeal for her, her son and the rest of our family. In February 2018, she had an emergency visit for excessive swelling in her leg with severe pain and limited movement. As a result of the emergency room visit, she was told it was terminal cancer. Life expectance would be very short for her. She was counseled and prepared for chemotherapy. She was given numerous documents along with a prescription for a wig, since she would lose her hair during chemotherapy treatment. She continued to go through several biopsies with negative results, along with labs, and PET Scans. After months of testing before her first session for chemotherapy, they stated they weren’t sure it was cancer. She also underwent another surgery for a permanent stent in her kidney, so she can have functionality. The stent must be replaced every three months for the rest of her life. At this point she’s drained from all the counseling, medications, surgeries and testing. The stress level is unreal. At this moment her diagnosis is unknown. She will continue to be monitored for the next several months to determine her health status.

Because of this, she has been unable to work and will likely not be able to return to work since the doctor has stated that her medical condition is fragile and must be monitored consistently. She has not returned to work since February 2018. She is currently in the process of filing for disability. Unfortunately, without a definite medical diagnosis, being approved for disability is uncertain. Some of her medical expenses are not covered with her current insurance, which expires in December 2018. She will then have no insurance coverage until she can apply for government insurance. Even if approved everything will not be covered since the level of care is so extreme. Finally, with everyday necessities of life for herself and her son, money is tighter than ever.

So, we have decided to create this GoFundMe account to assist her urgent needs because she is in the process of losing everything. Her and her son will soon be facing eviction proceedings. She needs money to cover daily needs, medical needs and living expenses. My daughter, Silvia, is one of the strongest, most selfless people I have ever known and is always there to give her love and support or the shirt off her back to anyone that needs it.

Her son, Jair, was told about the health concerns after the fact and decided to participate in a Spartan Race, in honor of his mother. He did this to demonstrate the type of strong young man she has raised. He told the family that no matter how difficult it can be for his mother going through her health situation and him not actually preparing physically or mentally for the Spartan Race, they would make it through together as the strong team, mother and son.

Jair did awesome during the race. He was focused, dedicated, and selfless. He decided to stop competing and be disqualify in order to help a fellow Spartan warrior in the heat that started after him. He was halfway through the race when he told us he wanted to help the young warrior. So, he first completed the task by carrying his heavy sandbag at that station.

Then he went back to repeat the same task with the young Spartan warrior, he carried her sandbag in order for her to complete the station, so she can move on. That in itself was a selfless act he learned from his mother. This dedication he has to make sure his mother is proud of him is unbelievable. He was able to continue; the Spartan Race officials honored his run and dedication to leave no Spartan warrior behind and still finish the race. He was also featured on Spartan's Official Social Media for his selfless act.

Now, it's time that we send back some of that love and support to Silvia and dedication to raise a great young man. Anything you can donate will be truly appreciated.  Everything we can do to help and surround her with love is what is most important, so she can focus on beating this thing. Please spread the word. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

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#FuckCancer #CancerSucks #SAB #JCM #SheWillOvercomeThisBattle #AllTheLoveInTheWorldNeeded #StrengthAndPrayers #OneDayAtATime

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Raquel Becka 
Charlotte, NC
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