Our wonderful friend Sara, an Environmental nonprofit consultant, got the life changing news on March 27th 2019 that she had high stage 2/low stage 3 breast cancer. Her doctors acted fast, and she underwent surgery and had a double mastectomy. Cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes, so the doctors removed them as well. She has started Chemotherapy and has her second appointment this coming Monday. She is losing her hair as of this morning, the medicine is running it's course. She will undergo radiation and reconstructive breast surgery after Chemo is done. She has a long road ahead of her.
Her financial situation is dire, and she urgently needs our help! She has worked as an executive director for 2 different Environmental nonprofit agencies since she graduated from UC Davis in 2010 (more of her amazing work below!) In order to help more agencies with her expertise and passion she started her own Environmental consulting business in September of last year, Wild Spirit Environmental. Her last contract ended just after her diagnosis in March, and the State of California has denied her disability claim due to her being self employed. Fortunately, she has medical insurance to cover the bulk of it, but co-pays and additional cancer related bills are adding up quickly. She has run out of savings, and she has no income during this fight other than what we as a community of friends and family can provide. She's reluctant to ask for help, but your support will mean the world to all of us!
I've added up her bare overhead for her projected 6 month recovery time and the cancer related medical bills so far, which is $32,100. We don't know how much the rest of her treatment is going to cost but any help will ease her immediate situation. Keep reading below, and enjoy these photos of our favorite Environmental activist!
Putting on a brave face! This is her first Chemotherapy treatment. It was a very emotional day for her, she writes "Don’t let the smile fool you, there were plenty of tears today too. It finally hit me and became a reality that I have cancer. Thank you for all of the love and support that has been sent my way."
She and her team from Tuleyome
fought hard and got Berryessa Snow Mountain designated as a National Monument protecting it for the generations to come!
Please help if you can, join Team Sara to help ease her worry and concentrate on recovery!