Help Roo's Brain Get Better!

$5,975 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 105 people in 35 months
Jenna Sacks
on behalf of Amanda Howar
As some of you may know, our friend Roo has had some recent health issues involving her brain and a small pineal tumor that goes by the name of Sigmund.  Sigmund is a jerk.  

Let me start by saying this lady has the most positive attitude about this that anyone in this situation could possibly have.   While others in a similar situation might become introverted, sad, and anxious, Roo is ready to kick Sigmund's ass right out of her brain and move on with her life.

She recently underwent a minor surgery (is any brain surgery actually minor?)  to drain out excess fluid caused by hydrocephalus, but they were unable to biopsy little Siggy at this time, which gives us more time to toast to his demise.   Doctors are confident that he is benign, and we will know more once he is removed in about a month or so.  

With all that being said, brain surgery is EXPENSIVE.  Not only is Roo fighting the forces of her own brain, but she is also taking on the United States healthcare system and trying to make sure she gets the best care possible (I swear, she's a superhero).  In addition to hospital bills, she is also looking at months of recovery with little physical activity, which is not condusive to being a self-employed yoga teacher in NYC.

Any small amount helps!  Luckily, by being such an awesome person, Roo is surrounded by friends all over the country, and it is up to us to make this as easy as possible for her.  Even if you don't know Roo, anything you could give would be immensely appreciated (Karma, people!) No one should have to go through this kind of thing in their 20's, so let's support her however we can!
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Update from Roo:

First of all, thank you all so much for your support — it’s been wonderful!

Secondly, unfortunately I’m not done with this nonsense yet. Sigmund was not as benign as hoped, so now I’m doing a 6-week course of radiation to make sure any lingering cancer cells are eliminated. 

So unfortunately, this pushes back my return to “normal” life by another 6-8 weeks. Le sigh. 

Thanks again to everyone who has donated/shared this page, and all those who have been sending thoughts/prayers/good vibes. it’s helped me out tremendously during this really weird year. xo
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Roo had the surgery to remove Sigmund on Friday, and everything went great. The tumor was successfully removed, and she is currently in the hospital recovering. She should be out and at home mid week!

Thank you all so much for all of your support! Since the last update we are almost a third of the way to our goal!

Let's keep this momentum going, as it's going to be quite a bit of time before she is back on her feet and working again. Even if you can only afford a small donation, I'm sure she will also accept positive vibes, friendly messages, and podcast suggestions :)
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Roo is going in for surgery to remove her brain tumor (a.ka. Sigmund) tomorrow morning, and we should know biopsy results soon after. I will post another update once we have more information! She is super positive and we're all confident that she will have an issue free surgery.

Thank you everyone who has supported Roo so far in this. Please share with all of your friends, as this is the time where we really need the momentum to pick up, since the road to recovery will be long.

Even if you don't have much to donate, every penny counts. If you could give up one beer this weekend just to donate $5, it would make a difference and would be much appreciated!

Thanks so much again!
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$5,975 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 105 people in 35 months
Created April 11, 2016
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Laurie Spector
33 months ago

Best wishes for a strong recovery.

Jessica Palmer
33 months ago

Thinking of you! xo

Laurie S
33 months ago

Sending love and prayers of healing light.

Danni Cronin
33 months ago


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