Hello family, friends, and supporters of Sasha,
Thank you to everyone who has reached out with your overwhelming generosity and support. The donations and outpouring of love from people who know and care about Sasha has been incredible. Sasha has been undergoing a lot but with her community, she has been able to endure.
We'd like to update you about Sasha's condition. As you know, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer last fall. Her oncologist recommended palliative chemotherapy which would help to alleviate her pain, but not treat the cancer, essentially saying Sasha was out of options. Sasha refuses to give up. She has spent the last months searching for a surgical oncologist, someone who would offer some hope and other treatment options.
The good news is she finally found one that will provide her with radiosurgery and who also takes Medicaid. Sasha began this treatment this week in NYC at the Cancer Treatment Center NY.
In other good news: Sasha's story was featured in the Jamaica Observer on World Cancer Day, February 4th. Please share with friends and family and let them know about the campaign. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtdudLag4_O/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1jlmjmwf8ejah
Here are some things Sasha still needs help with:
Medical: The Medicaid covers the costs of the treatment only but everything else, including scans, bloodwork, tests, is her out-of-pocket responsibility.
Housing: Sasha has a place to stay in the Bronx but the surgical oncologist is in midtown Manhattan. Part of the stress on her will be traveling back and forth from the Bronx to Manhattan daily after intensive medical procedures. If anyone in the community can suggest housing that’s closer, please let us know.
Food/transportation: Sasha is still not able to work, so any donations to help with these necessities is greatly appreciated.
The GoFundMe funds have generously gone towards Sasha’s expenses for medical bills, travel, meals, and immunotherapy which has been helping to relieve some of her pain. Thank you again to those who have been helping our dear sister Sasha to make it this far.
Any donations or suggestions that can help her at this critical time of need are very much appreciated. Keep thinking of her and sharing her story. We know she is strong because of you.
Team Sasha / February 2019
Dear friends, family, and supporters of Sasha,
Sasha has been in New York City for over a month, still awaiting cancer treatment.
The positive news is: Sasha's working with an oncologist from NYU-Langone who sees her at Bellevue Hospital. She will begin aggressive chemotherapy on November 20th. And she has been approved for Medicaid which will cover some of these medical costs. We have to wait to see what expenses will become patient responsibility.
The downside: Her oncologist doesn't think the chemotherapy will affect the cancer. She's prescribing chemo only to ease Sasha's pain. She's not recommending surgery because the cancer has grown too large. The chemotherapy has been scheduled so far in advance because her doctor is requesting Sasha build up her immune system before chemo can be done. Sasha has had to repeat multiple blood tests and scans. They are causing her extreme pain, and she is very underweight. It's been frustrating having to wait for answers. Things are slow-moving, but Sasha is lifted by knowing that you all love and support her so much.
Here are some ways you can continue to help: Your donations have generously helped Sasha pay for meals and transportation to and from the hospital. She's on a vegan/vegetarian/plant-based diet. 1) The cost of her food supply is expensive, groceries range between $100-$250 a week. 2) Transportation back and forth from uptown to the downtown hospital multiple times a week is also expensive. There are times when she is too weak to walk. 3) Sasha needs more information. A second-opinion from a doctor who may know about more effective trial medicines. Bellevue was the only hospital that would receive her. If anyone has any contacts or knowledge in this area please let us know. Everything helps at this point.
Thank you to everyone who has generously donated, to the hundred of you and more. Keep sharing her story to friends, family, schools, media, organizations. Contact someone from the team if you have other thoughts on how to help Sasha. Email [email redacted], or Team Sasha Facebook. This is a very crucial time. Please keep her in your hearts and prayers.
Team Sasha / November 2018
Dear friends and family, SASHA IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.
Sasha has STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER. This is metastatic advanced stage breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes. For anyone who has ever been touched by our Sister Sasha, she needs you right now in the fight to help save her life.
Sasha is in New York City. She has sought emergency treatment at NYU's Langone Medical Center. The emergency doctors have asked her to find an oncologist and prepare for surgery immediately. She has been unable to secure an appointment with an oncologist because she is waiting for her medical insurance to be approved. It's been a week since the emergency doctors requested she get surgery.
Sasha is with family in NYC, but navigating the US medical system has slowed down the process and has wasted precious time in addressing her serious condition. She cannot delay. We cannot let money delay her treatment. We anticipate that she will need to pay for the oncologist visit out of pocket now, and partial billing for the surgery and the hospital stay.
Some have asked for her medical bills cost. We don't have that answer right now. We will update this information as it becomes available. Just know that because of the seriousness here, she will be in recovery for the next year. Which means she will not be working. Even if her insurance covers the costs of the medical procedures, there are still many additional costs she will be up against after surgery. We anticipate she will need funds for food, transportation for hospital visits, medicines, possibly at home nursing care. Every cent will matter.
Sasha is an angel, she's a gift, she's been a light for so many of us. We need this message to reach everyone at her home in Jamaica, and all of the people and places she has touched. If anyone has access to the Jamaican media, please get in touch with us. We need this campaign to accelerate. It's urgent. Continue to pray for Sasha, but she desperately needs funds to get through this next stage.
Sasha is very thankful for all the support she's received so far. Thank you for everyone who has been sharing and sending this campaign. Keep it going. We know you all want to speak with her, but so that she can focus on treatment, please direct your questions or support to someone on her Team. You can email [email redacted] , or post messages at Team Sasha Facebook , or get in touch with one of us directly and we'll get your message to her. Thank you from all of our hearts at
Team Sasha/ October 2018
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