Mother of 2 Battles Brain Cancer- Michelle Sykes

In Oct 2020, Michelle Sykes, a young mother of 2 living outside of Sacramento, CA developed strange symptoms. Her husband, Jon, noticed that she was struggling to compose a text message and had developed a headache.  They went to the ER, where due to Covid restrictions, Jon was not allowed to accompany Michelle as she was evaluated and admitted to the hospital.  She received a diagnosis of a large mass in the frontal lobe of her brain and spent several days in the hospital for additional tests and a brain biopsy.  The couple waited anxiously for test results while Michelle recovered from the craniotomy required to do the biopsy.  Ultimately, Michelle was diagnosed with a Grade 2 astrocytoma (brain cancer) that is inoperable due to its size and location.  Her oncology team has developed a regimen of 7 weeks of radiation followed by up to 6 months of chemotherapy.  She is being treated with steroids and seizure-prevention medications but continues to suffer from headaches and difficulty with writing and speech. 

This is far from the first obstacle the Sykes family has faced.  Two years ago, Michelle was pregnant with their second child when she developed complications which led to her admission to UCSF before she ultimately went into labor at 27 weeks.  Michelle and baby Abigail battled for their health then, as Michelle battles now.  Today, Abigail is a 2-year old miracle warrior baby, having survived a 4-month NICU stay, a heart surgery, and a feeding tube until her 1st birthday. 

Coronavirus brought a new set of struggles, as Jon was laid off from his job of 16 years when the location where he worked closed down.  He is currently taking care of Michelle and their two children as Michelle recovers and prepares for months of treatments.

It’s hard to imagine so many challenges can befall one family in such a short period of time, but their friends and family have witnessed the events firsthand. We’ve also witnessed the grace and strength with which the Sykes family have accepted and responded to these life altering events. It takes a village to raise a family, they say. Well, we'd like to see a village envelop this family in love, positivity and generosity to support them through the next steps in their warrior journey.  Any donated funds will be used to support the family medical and household expenses and help them spend as much time together as possible. 



  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Alexander Meyerzon
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Ernest and Marilyn DiMicco
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Jackie Ngo
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Hanh Tran Tutu
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Anastasia Krueger
Rancho Cordova, CA
Michelle Sykes

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