Susie fought this terrible disease so hard, but she did not lose this battle. Susie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia when she was 5 months pregnant with twins on September 17, 2018. Susie immediately began chemotherapy and soon after we found out that there were no bone marrow donor matches for Susie out of the millions of people signed up on the BeTheMatch.org database. Our mission to find a match for Susie began. Susie’s story quickly made headlines and national news. BeTheMatch.org reported that over 100,000 people signed up to be a donor as a direct result of Susie’s campaign. Ultimately, we did find a match, but it did not take. Susie gave birth to her healthy twin babies, a boy and a girl, on December 6, 2018. Ever since then, Susie continued to fight for her 5 children: Jade 15, Edgar 14, Rylee 6, Ryan and Rainey 18 months. My daughter loved her babies more than anything. She fought until she had nothing left to give. Susie’s story touched so many people and thousands of lives will be saved because of her. My daughter did not lose her battle. She won! She is a warrior!
I have created a GoFundMe fundraiser because the one thing Susie wanted is for her 5 children to be taken care of. This would help our family tremendously as we try to navigate our new normal without my beautiful daughter and will help us give Susie the funeral she deserves. Please donate if you can, but either way please pray for our family. Our hearts are broken.
Thank you and God bless you!
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