Makala's Fight

My name is Zach Roper, and I’m friends with one of the most selfless young women I’ve ever met, Makala Ashmar.  I came to meet Makala several years ago at a memorial golf tournament that she helps organize annually in honor of her late father, Samir “Sam” Ashmar. 

On August 10th, at the age of 27, Makala was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. This is a particularly aggressive and rare cancer of the bile duct, with low 5 year survival rates. Not only has this diagnosis been mentally and physically overwhelming for Makala, it has also been financially straining.

Makala had a 4 hour surgery on September 11, 2018, during which the tumor and a sizable portion of her liver were resected. This is the beginning of what will be a long road to recovery. At this early stage, the entire treatment plan isn’t set in stone (pending final pathology results and further testing), however she may need to undergo a complete liver transplant in the future.   

When it comes to donating to a person or a cause, I believe it's prudent to be informed when deciding whether or not you are willing to contribute. As such, I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about Makala and her family. 

Growing up in Eastern Pennsylvania, Makala was born into a family dedicated to public service. Makala's father Sam was a well respected volunteer Firefighter who unfortunately suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to an emergency. Before he passed, Sam instilled his commitment to the service of others to Makala and her brother Josh. Josh has been an active volunteer Firefighter for several years, and he's pursuing a degree in Nursing.

As for Makala, she began her adult life by completing a degree in political science, history, and public administration. Soon after, she began working for former Congressman Charlie Dent as his Outreach Coordinator. While spending countless hours serving those in the 15th Congressional District, she also became a member of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans organization. In addition, she currently serves on her local township planning commission board, unequivocally advocates for organ and tissue donation, and constantly seeks to help veterans. Aside from her career and volunteering, Makala also recently became an independent home owner in her in 20's.   Finally, she recently started a new position at Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority in July.

Many of you know Makala, but for those who don't, she's not the type of person who will ask for help. Instead, she's the one who is constantly helping others. Let's support her as she embarks on the fight of her life.

100% of any donation, big or small, will go directly to Makala to help defray the financial burdens she will undoubtedly incur in her journey to beat cancer. 

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration, 

Zach Roper
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Zach Roper 
Breinigsville, PA
Makala Ashmar 

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