(Syreeta's professional photo shoot)
My sister, Syreeta Smith, was recently diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and needs to have brain surgery within the next 30 days to remove most of the tumor.
According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this type of tumor represents 2-5% of all primary brain tumors.
Based on its location, the tumor cannot be fully removed without causing serious complications including blindness, stroke or failure to wake up after surgery. So, radiation treatments will be needed to shrink the rest of the tumor. This approach will give her the best possible outcome for a favorable quality of life.
Syreeta is a 43-year-old mother of 4 children. She is unable to work due to this diagnosis. She is also legally separated from her husband of 12 years with a pending divorce and custody battle of the 2 children they share together.
(Marlon, Syreeta, Jade & Cory)
Jade and Cory are the most precious children you ever want to meet. They are both successful child models. Jade is an award-winning dancer and author with a new found interest in Photography.
Cory is a little league rock star who loves to open doors for women and is very protective of his mommy who he just can't get enough of. He cuddles up to her constantly and loves to shower her with his love and kisses.
(Jade and Cory modeling photoshoot)
(Cory at his baseball game)
Even in the face of this terrible diagnosis and scheduled surgery, which everyone including the court is aware, the calls, emails, motions, and subpoenas requesting more information from her continue to come in almost daily from her husband and his attorney.
Unfortunately, this is no normal divorce. Since her husband was the primary breadwinner in the household, she couldn't afford proper legal representation. This proved to be a disadvantage for her. He has got everything he's asked the court for and he stops at nothing...not even her life-threatening situation.
HER HUSBAND ASKED THE COURT TO GRANT HIM SOLE POSSESSION OF THE FAMILY HOME THEY PURCHASED AND SHARED TOGETHER AND IT WAS GRANTED.
HE SUCCESSFULLY APPEALED THE JUDGES ORDER TO PAY HER $2,000 PER MONTH IN SPOUSAL SUPPORT.
HE WAS ALSO AWARDED TEMPORARY CUSTODY BECAUSE OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS THAT MY SISTER IS AN ALCOHOLIC, A DRUG ADDICT AND AN UNFIT MOTHER. MY SISTER NOW ONLY SEES THE KIDS 8 SPREAD OUT DAYS PER MONTH.
Syreeta enjoyed being a stay at home mom. However, for the first 10 years of their marriage, she was only given $100 dollars "ALLOWANCE" per month. She got a "RAISE IN HER ALLOWANCE" to $200 only at the suggestion of my husband Frank. She felt the need to return to work, even if only part-time.
Syreeta used to be a professional dancer when she was younger. She used to tour and dance professionally for MC Hammer, Keith Sweat, and R Kelly, among others. As a fitness enthusiast and dance lover, Syreeta fell in love with Zumba and shortly thereafter became a Zumba Instructor and led packed classes each and every week.
(Syreeta's Zumba Photoshoot)
(Syreeta and Heidi at Zumba Convention)
(Syreeta teaching a Zumba class)
Zumba led her to fall in love with the health and wellness industry. So, she went on to attend Integrative Health School and became a Certified Health & Wellness Coach. She even competed in an NPC Fitness Competition. But none of this compared to the fulfillment she received when she got hired by American Airlines and became an International Flight Attendant. This was the career and self-esteem boost she so desperately needed.
(Syreeta in uniform boarding an American Airlines Flight)
Syreeta is only allowed to see her children 8 days a month after being a breastfeeding, homeschooling, stay at home mom for 10 years. This whole ordeal has caused her extreme emotional, mental and financial stress.
Stress can cause and worsen any medical condition. I personally believe this heavy burden and suffering in silence for years has caused or contributed to her current health crisis.
She can only fight one battle at a time and the fight for her life is her first priority. However, while she's doing that, she has to have her basic needs met and her financial stress and anxiety relieved.
PLEASE HELP ME HELP HER!!!
THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUND WILL HELP ME HELP HER IN 3 WAYS:
1. Help her pay her living expenses starting October 1, 2018, and continuing for the next 6 months while she's off work preparing for and recovering from surgery.
2. Cover her travel expenses while she gathers various medical opinions from the top neurosurgeons, hospitals and wellness facilities in the country to remove this rare tumor and increase her chances of surviving and thriving after this procedure.
3. Pay her legal fees as she pursues a legal remedy to this nightmare. So far, she has accumulated over $90,000 in legal fees. She's off work on an unpaid medical leave and has exhausted all of her financial resources including loans from family and friends, savings, credit cards etc. The divorce and custody proceedings are far from over.
Hopefully sharing her story and raising money to help her pay her living expenses for the next 6 months and go toward her legal fees as she seeks to regain custody of her children will be helpful in reducing her stress and promoting her healing. Knowing that there is a plan in place to ensure these vital things will be handled will no doubt help relieve her anxiety so she can devote 100% of her focus on healing.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. MAKE A DONATION
Time is of the essence. Her surgery was scheduled on September 27th. It is now currently scheduled for October 24th. This date was changed based on the ongoing search for the expert medical opinions of other doctors and facilities. Because of the seriousness of this disease, she is faced with the tough decision of who to trust with this procedure and weighing her options carefully. Together we can make a difference.
2. SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN
Share this with your friends, family, and social media followers. Your sharing may surely help us reach our goal. Share this also with any influential people you know that may be able to connect us with lawyers, medical practitioners, holistic health practitioners, counselors, media or any other resources to help her.
3. SEND HER YOUR LOVE, PRAYERS, AND SUPPORT BY POSTING IN THE COMMENTS BELOW OR UPLOADING A VIDEO.
THERE IS POWER IN COMMUNITY!!!
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THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR READING, SHARING, DONATING AND HELPING ME HELP HER!!!
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