A dear childhood friend, Marika Melnyk (Goszewski) has maintained the utmost strength and privacy in a battle as a single mother to fight for her daughters survival for many years. All of which she has triumphed through with a smile as a trooper!
In a time of desperation, we are sharing their story with you in hope that some stress may be alleviated during this most critical stage in their lives. As a young child, Marika underwent heart surgery herself. She was able to enjoy a life without further complications, met the great love of her life when she was young and shortly after Sommer was born, he passed away from a malignant melanoma which spread to his brain. Marika, despite her grief, continued to be strong for Sommer who underwent her first open heart surgery before the age of two after being born with a congenital heart defect.
Marika continued her strength for herself and now 2 daughters. Focused on Sommers well-being, they kept good spirits and faith that things will all work out. Sommer is now 22 years old and has had 5 open heart surgeries, 3 pacemakers, numerous heart catheters, and prosthetics placed in her heart. In November of 2017, Sommer went into heart failure again and now multiple organ failure. With God’s hand and Sommers continuous strength, she was able to come home in January of 2018 and begin testing for a heart transplant. The past 2 weeks Sommer has been at U of M due to a rapid decline caused from her heart and organ failures. All while mom attempts to maintain her career and pay the bills an hour and a half away from where her daughter is being hospitalized. Sommer is now in critical condition, requiring a triple organ transplant (heart, kidney and liver). There is nothing more U of M is able to help her with. Due to complexity of surgeries required, Sommer must now be transferred to Cleveland, Ohio where Marika will accompany her daughter for an unknown amount of time. We are asking that you find it in your heart to assist in this most desperate time of need to help a mother help her child in her survival.