Hello family, friends, and anyone reading this message. My name is Jesus Manuel, and this is my sister, Ana Leon, a wife and a mother of two beautiful children. She is a cancer survivor. Many years ago, she was diagnosed with aggressive Lymphatic Cancer, which affected her nose and throat. She endured strong chemotherapy and radiation sessions, which kept her alive to this day, thank God, but it left her with severe side effects. Her inner left ear was damaged and she can no longer hear normally, and to top it off, the last side effect that she is facing now, which started a year and a half ago, has caused the loss of most of her teeth. Due to her strong treatments, Ana's body can no longer produce saliva, which has caused the slow deterioration of her mouth. The few teeth she has left are breaking apart. Her gums are often irritated and she can't chew or eat food the way anyone else can, causing not only pain but frustration in her daily life.
As her brother, I have seen my sister's spirit and self esteem fall apart. Her husband has attempted to help her all he can, but as the sole provider for a family of four, times have been hard. Her children watch her struggle and do their best to support their mom. Ana has tried many ways to find short term solutions to her problem. Right now, she forms fake teeth in order to leave the house without feeling embarrassed, but the pain they are to use them is often too much.
Even with all this, my sister remains optimistic and strong. She is faithful to her beliefs, and loves herself and her family dearly. She is my family and I want to help her the best I can. I've set up this fund to raise money for a treatment that will help my sister receive implants to get her smile, and teeth, back. The treatments we have found are too costly to pay for ourselves. She lives in Orlando, but we have found a more cost effective treatment here in Utah. We want to get her over here to receive the help she needs. She and her family are precious to us, and there is nothing we wouldn't do to help. Anything you can donate is a blessing and we will be eternally grateful.
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