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Housing for 21 Y/O Cancer Fighter

$31,125 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 617 people in 10 months
Created August 24, 2018
Sydney Heersink is only 21 years old, but from a very young age Sydney has been a warrior. Sydney lost her mom to a battle with breast cancer at age 14 and grew up constantly worried about her own increased risk. When Sydney discovered through genetic testing that she has the PTEN gene, a genetic mutation which predisposes her to breast and other cancers, Sydney took her life into her own hands, and this past June, she had a preventative double mastectomy. 

Sydney, a young woman with a degree in Political Science and Law, an ambition for a Master's degree, a lover of travel, all things Disney, and homemade ice cream, has proven countless times to have an unparalleled level of bravery and has seamlessly squeezed the lemons she's been thrown in life into sweet lemonade. Her smile is contagious, her laugh makes all the bad in the world seem easier to take on, and when I met Sydney this past January, I felt immediately connected to her beautiful spirit.

Despite taking incredibly brave measures to prevent cancer, Sydney's life has taken an unexpected turn over the last few weeks. After experiencing excruciating pain in her abdomen, countless tests, scans, and surgery, Sydney was diagnosed with Ovarian High Grade Serous Cell Carcinoma. Throughout this process Sydney's status as a warrior has not wavered; her strength and positive energy are both admirable and inspiring. 

In order for Sydney to get the best care she possibly can, she will be flying from her home in Colorado, to New York to be treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer for an aggressive chemotherapy regimen to tackle this disease. Anyone who has been through chemo or seen a loved one go through treatment knows that there is nothing more comforting than being in your own home, a place you feel safe and warm during a time of such uncertainty and fear. 

That's where you come in. Please join me in raising money so Sydney, the sunshine everyone deserves in their lives, can afford to live near the hospital during her treatment. Any amount you donate will directly help in covering the cost of Sydney's housing. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Love,
Dani
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Update: Sydney has been a warrior over the last 6 months. Through countless chemo infusions, injections and trips to the ER, Sydney has remained more optimistic than any 22 year old could possibly be. Through your generosity, Sydney has been living in an apartment just blocks away from Sloan Kettering during her treatments.

Sydney received news this past weekend of a tumor in her hip, and just yesterday was told of a 35mm mass on the right side of her brain. Sydney will undergo brain surgery tomorrow afternoon to remove the mass and will begin radiation to her hip and head after recovery from surgery.

Needless to say, Sydney’s ability to continue to live in Manhattan is critical to her receiving the best care to keep kicking the shit out of cancer. Any and all donations are so greatly appreciated, thank you all so much.
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$31,125 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 617 people in 10 months
Created August 24, 2018
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