Help Support our Waleska!

Our dearest Waleska needs our help!  On March 2, 2018, Wally was diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which has spread to her lymph nodes.   Two days later, this amazing woman ran her first 15K!   Fortunately, further imaging shows no widespread metastasis, but this cancer is aggressive, requiring immediate treatment. 

Waleska Rios-Derrick is a Wonder Woman.  She is the best friend I’ve ever had, an amazing friend to everyone who knows her. She is mother to Teenage twins Alejandro and Diego and sweet Selva, wife to Mac Derrick, with extended family in southern Washington and Peurto Rico.  She is a vital member of the inpatient oncology team as night shift Charge RN at St. Joseph Medical Center.  Her smile lights up any room she enters, her laugh is contagious, her presence brings so much joy and peace.  This is not fair.  

This diagnosis is unexpected, horrific, and terrifying from many perspectives. This woman is important to so many people, and this is devastating.  Her treatment plan includes immediate surgery, followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, leaving her unable to work for an indeterminate amount of time.  She is the primary provider of her household, a wonderful friend, wife, mother, daughter, coworker, and human being.  Cancer is never fair to anyone, but this just breaks my heart. No one deserves this, and Wally is no exception.

My friends and family, our dearest Wally needs our help!  This amazing woman has been through so much, has overcome so many hardships, and the last thing she needs is to worry about finances while going through the biggest fight of her life, the FIGHT TO BEAT BREAST CANCER.  Anything helps!  $1, $5, $10, $100, anything to help this sweet mama rest easy knowing her bills are paid while she embarks on this journey to save her life.   

This is my sister from another mister.  Wally is our family.  She is the sweetest, funniest, most compassionate woman I’ve ever met, and it is an honor to know her and be her friend.  Breast cancer will not stop her, because we have her back, and cancer will not win!  Let’s knock it out of the park for Wally and help her with her fight against breasts cancer!  #fuckcancer #fightlikeawoman #weloveyouwally


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Organizer and beneficiary

Brittnee Ramsey 
Tacoma, WA
Michael Derrick 
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