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.