Our dear friend Nicole was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which has spread to the lymph nodes.
At this point she has already undergone 8 biopsies, egg freezing and a procedure to install an access device for chemotherapy. This is only the beginning. To survive this, she will have to undergo 16 rounds of chemo, a mastectomy in June with lymph node dissection followed by radiation, targeted therapy for 1 year, and 5 years of hormone therapy. Suffice it to say, she's is in it for the long haul.
Unfortunately, Nicole cannot rely on the support from her parents and with her mother also sick she often must support them herself. She has recently lacked stable housing and has already been struggling with other serious health issues. Her younger siblings are doing all they can to support her, but lack the means to do so while trying to keep their family business afloat in the pandemic.
She needs help from us right now.
She has done research and has been in and out of different hospitals, all while sick and unstably housed going between Philadelphia and New York City by herself. It's been extremely difficult. New York City is a notoriously challenging place to live and completing basic tasks get that much more difficult when you're being attacked by your own body.
We all know Nicole as someone who is always traveling and working on behalf of others. She is a caregiver for her family. She has stood in solidarity at resistance sites like Standing Rock because she is wholeheartedly in the fight for justice & equality. She gives her time, resources, and money to causes she cares about without question.
Now, she needs that from us. She needs help with living expenses while she focuses on getting healthy and surviving. She will be unable to work for the next 8 months & doesn't need to worry about where her next meal will come from, or how she is going to continue to take care of her loved ones while dealing with such an aggressive cancer. She needs all the help she can get in this fight, and any help we can provide would be a huge weight off her shoulders.
Nicole is a great artist and filmmaker, and has so many ambitious projects she wants to see through. She would never ask for help like this, so we decided to do it for her. She's an unbelievably selfless person, and deserves to have someone look out for her for once.
Nicole is going to need help with basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, food, transportation, medical bills estimated at $40k while battling this for 12 months without an income.
- Juliet Rossetti
- Linnea Redfern
- jennifer hoffman
- Angela G Santerini
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