Dear Friends and loved ones, I am writing on behalf my dear family friend, Sarah Farnam
. Sarah was your typical outgoing hard-working young adult, working at a top advertising agency as a Digital Media Supervisor in her dream city of San Francisco.
One week while at work, Sarah began to experience extreme headaches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Sarah assumed all of this was due to stress, as she had recently started a new job.
In Feb 2017, things took an unexpected turn for the worse. Sarah was on her way to the airport to attend a close friend’s wedding in San Diego when she began to feel so ill that she wasn’t sure she would be able to attend the wedding. On the way to the airport Sarah continued to feel worse and worse, so after much contemplation, she decided to stay back home in the hopes that a weekend of rest would get her back to her healthy self in time for work on Monday.
But Sarah didn't feel better after that weekend. Weak and dehydrated, she ultimately decided it was time to go to the ER. After multiple tests at the hospital over a span of 12 hours, the results were unimaginable. As a young, previously healthy, high functioning young woman with no risk factors, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
She was rushed to UCSF in the middle of the night, where she was placed in the cancer ward.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia usually presents itself in children and is more challenging to treat in adults. In March 2017, she was notified that she would need eight months of intensive chemotherapy along with two years of maintenance oral chemotherapy and monthly infusion therapy. Because she could no longer continue to work, Sarah moved to San Diego to stay with her Mom while undergoing treatment. She is more than halfway through this long and challenging journey, and her determination and positive attitude have been a consistent source of inspiration for me and so many others.
I so admire Sarah's trust in her ability to win this battle with the support of her healthcare team, close friends and other loved ones. The most challenging issue Sarah and her Mom now face is the financial burden of all the bills from expensive procedures and medicines that are not covered by her insurance.
These are far beyond the financial resources that they have and are becoming a great source of concern and anxiety for both of them. It is my hope that none of the realities and stressors surrounding this heavy financial burden over the next two and a half years interferes with Sarah’s course of treatment—AND HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP!
Sarah deserves the quality health care that has the greatest likelihood of saving her life, and she deserves to put this experience behind her and live the life she is meant to be living as a a talented young woman with the whole world ahead of her—and to do so without the worries of financial debts bankrupting her today or following her deep in the future. For this reason, I’m reaching out to each of you to humbly ask that you help my dear friend and lighten her burden by contributing to covering some of the high costs of her medical expenses that insurance won't.
Every donation—however small or big—would be hugely appreciated. If for whatever reason you cannot donate at this time, please send love, prayers and positivity, and please share this link to your social media. As Sarah continues her journey back to health, she needs all the support that she can get, and I’m grateful to you for whatever amount you can provide.
Thanks in advance,