"With faith, love and determination, cancer doesn’t stands a chance!"
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.