Medjine is a 19-year-old girl and student from Haiti, where she and her sisters live with their mother. Medjine loves to dress up, read, and listen to music. Her favorite music genre is raboday, a type of upbeat Haitian music. When she was about one year old, Medjine was burned on her face and part of her chest from a boiling pot of bean sauce. Growing up, Medjine has only known her face with the burn scars. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is helping Medjine receive surgery to repair the burns. They are requesting $1,095 to fund her travel costs and hospitals fees, and the supplies, labs, and medications needed for the procedure. Medjine is scheduled to receive reparative surgery on March 5.
Kesline is a 41-year-old mother of two who lives in Haiti. She likes going to church and is a strong believer in God. Although Kesline used to work as a street merchant, the interference of her illness with the heavy lifting required by her trade has forced her to stop. Two years ago, Kesline felt a small mass in her right breast. After a multitude of tests and exams, she was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer. Ever since, Kesline has undergone 12 sessions of chemotherapy and has experienced extensive discomfort. Kesline has spent all of her life’s savings on medical fees, tests, exams, and trips to different hospitals. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is therefore requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Kesline, which is scheduled to take place on June 14. Kesline is excited for this next step, hoping that, after surgery, she will have more energy, become more independent, and be able to take care of herself.
Jeanine is a 45 years old woman and the mother of an 11 years old boy. They live together in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She describes herself as a mother and a father since she raises her son by herself. Jeanine is currently working as an auxiliary nurse in a Hospital here in Port-au-Prince. She likes to go to church. She really enjoys reading the bible. She went to school but only reached the 11th grade. She couldn’t finish because he mother got sick. To support herself, she went to auxiliary school and has been working since then. In the beginning of July, while coming home from work, Jeanine felt like her left breast was burning. The following day she immediately went to the hospital. She got a mammogram and other exams where the results revealed that she had breast cancer. She couldn’t get any treatment or care at the hospital she worked at because of a strike. Jeanine has been around cancer her whole life. She has had many family member pass away from the illness, which is why she sought medical help immediately. That being said, she felt really depressed and down when first diagnosed. It affected her a lot but she continued to work even though she experienced some pain. She had no choice. Her neighbor’s kid was taking chemotherapy at our care center. Jeanine did not want to wait to get care so she decided to have the doctor refer her to our care center, St. Luc Hospital. Jeanine will not need chemotherapy right away and will have a mastectomy. She is ready to have her surgery. She knows that it is for her health and that she needs to take it seriously. Jeanine will be able to get back into work stronger and more active and will be able to keep providing for her son.
Daphné is a 37-year-old woman from Haiti. She is the mother of two girls and a boy. After reaching the eleventh grade, Daphné left school. In the past, she has worked as a secretary at a seamstress shop and as a waitress, but she is not working at the moment. She enjoys reading and learning new things about all sorts of different topics. While showering, Daphné felt a lump in her left breast. The lump didn’t hurt, so she didn’t pursue medical advice. Two years ago, the lump started to grow, so Daphné went to the hospital. After three hospital visits and a biopsy, Daphné was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer is stigmatized in Haiti, and Daphné’s peers were not very supportive. However, she has managed her condition well. After diagnosis, Daphné started receiving chemotherapy to decrease the number of cancerous cells. After eight sessions of chemotherapy, Daphné will get a mastectomy on April 13. She is excited about this next step and is ready to become healthy again. She will become more independent and will be able to pursue her other interests. Daphné says, "If you only focus on cancer, you will not truly live. Focus on all the positive aspects in your life to continue." Watsi is requesting $1,085 to fund Daphné's mastectomy, hospital stay, and travel.
Marie is a 62-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has experienced many hardships in her life but has persevered with the love and support of friends and family. In the beginning of 2016, Marie felt a little mass on her left breast. Eventually, this lump become painful and bothersome, leading her to get biopsies at two separate hospitals—but she never received the results. Finally, she was referred to our medical partner's hospital, St. Luc Family Hospital, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemotherapy. After a few months of chemotherapy, Marie will undergo a mastectomy on March 2. This operation will remove all the breast tissue and should give Marie her health back. The treatment will cost $1,085. Marie's son, James, has been her attentive caretaker as she fights this disease. He says, “Cancer is an illness of patience and courage. Always encourage them and keep on praying."
Jeannette is a 35-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband and her three children. She comes from a big family and has eight brothers and sisters. Jeannette used to be a street merchant and sold different types of products, although she is not currently working. She is heavily involved in church and enjoys going to events organized by her church. She likes to watch television and stay up to date on current events. In March of 2016, while nine months pregnant, Jeannette performed a breast examination and felt a lump in her right breast. One month later, the lump in her breast burst and became very painful. Because of the pain, she cannot wash her clothes or cook. Jeannette feels concerned and frustrated. Jeannette came to our care center, St. Luc Hospital, for a consultation in July of 2016. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. She started with chemotherapy right away. After eight sessions, Jeannette will have a mastectomy on April 6. “Having cancer does not automatically mean death. It is important to think positively and have courage," shares Jeannette.
66-year-old Inozanne, a native of Haiti, describes herself as a lover of the earth. In fact, she used to earn her living by working with the land—she grew beans and raised cattle on a small patch of land. However, in October of 2016, her house, cattle, and land were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. These losses are made all the more financially and emotionally difficult by the fact that Inozanne is also battling breast cancer. In July 2016, she discovered a small mass in her right breast, and she has been receiving chemotherapy since September. However, Inozanne’s doctors have advised her that in order to completely defeat the cancer, she also needs to undergo a mastectomy, or complete removal of her right breast tissue. Inozanne will receive this surgery on March 18. Unfortunately, she cannot afford to pay for it on her own. For $1,085, we can fully sponsor Inozanne’s mastectomy, as well as her lab tests, two-day hospital stay, and roundtrip travel to the medical center. Receiving this mastectomy will not only decrease the pain that Inozanne feels in her chest, but will also allow her to support her large family once more. Once fully recovered, she would like to begin a new career selling cooking ingredients. Let’s make sure this resilient woman has the chance to pursue all of these goals.
Alourde is a 45-year-old married woman who lives in the southern province of Haiti. She is the mother of a 22-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. She grew up in a large family with nine siblings. Alourde used to work as a street merchant, selling candy and sweet treats in front of schools. Due to family difficulties, Alourde didn’t have the opportunity to attend school growing up. Now, she is a stay-at-home mother. She likes watching television with her family. A few years ago, Alourde felt a painful lump in her left breast. Once she gathered the funds, she went to the hospital, had a biopsy, and was diagnosed with cancer. In October of 2016, with the help of our medical partner, Innovating Health International, Alourde started chemotherapy. On March 18, as part of her continuing treatment, Alourde will get a mastectomy. This operation will remove her breast tissue and should improve her overall health. Our medical partner is asking for $1,085 to cover the procedure. Your donation will help pay for surgeons, anesthesiologists, laboratory tests, medication, and two nights of hospital stay. After her operation, Alourde hopes to relax and see her kids grow. Speaking about her condition, she shares, "Don’t be discouraged. It’s not your fault, we are all only human."
Rosemond is a 62-year-old married woman who lives in Haiti. She is the mother of four girls and three boys. Rosemond likes to watch the news and stay up-to-date on the country’s politics. She has a 4 o’clock radio news segment that she never misses. She also enjoys going to church. Rosemond has had issues with her left breast for many years. After many hospital visits, sonograms, and a biopsy, Rosemond was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital. Rosemond started chemotherapy in December to kill the cancerous cells. She now needs a mastectomy to remove her tumor. She's scheduled for surgery on March 17 and needs our help to pay the $1,085 medical bill. After her surgery, Rosemond will be more independent and present in her grandchildren’s lives.
Meet Julia, a stay-at-home mother of nine children from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the birth of her ninth child, Julia noticed that a large mass had developed in her left breast and formed a ball under her armpit. Julia experienced extreme pain, resulting in loss of sleep and limited function of her left arm. After a consultation at a local hospital, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Julia was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, where she received four sessions of chemotherapy. On February 15, Julia will undergo a mastectomy to remove all the breast tissue and cancerous cells. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to fund Julia's surgery. Julia says that her husband is her biggest supporter and that their family encourages her to keep fighting.
Polette is a 58-year-old woman from Haiti. She has a daughter and two sons. They live together, along with Polette's mother and brother. Polette works as a street merchant to support her family. In November of 2015, Polette noticed a small mass in one of her breasts. Polette visited the doctor and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In August of 2016, Polette began chemotherapy treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital, our medical partner's care center. To ensure the cancer is completely gone, Polette has decided to undergo mastectomy surgery. Polette will undergo surgery on March 17 at St. Luc Family Hospital. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to cover the cost of her surgery, medication, and labs. After her operation, Polette is looking forward to going back to work and helping her children pursue their academic endeavors.
Lunance is a 50 years old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has a 18 years old boy and a 9 year old girl. She used to be a personnel member in homes where she cooked for families (a common profession in Haiti). She used to also sell cosmetics as a street merchant when she had the means. Lunance did not complete her schooling. Because of some difficulties at home, she was unable to remain in school and only reach up to the 3rd grade. Lunance really enjoys cooking. She would love to create/work on a menu at a restaurant. This love is what drove her to cook for families. Her ultimate dream is to have her own restaurant. In December 2015, she started to feel a small lump near her left breast. As time went by, the small lump started to increase in size and caused her occasional pain. She had 2 biopsies but never received their results. The second hospital referred her to our care center, St. Luc’s Hospital. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and started her chemotherapy with us. The chemotherapy is a treatment that decreases her cancerous cells. After some time, the lump opened up, which was extremely painful. Because of her sickness, Lunance is now unable to work. Even the short journey from her home to the public market is very hard for her. She can’t lift the products and carry weight like she used to. Lunance will get a mastectomy on March 17, 2017. This operation will remove all the breast tissue and in combination with chemotherapy, can put her on a path to a full recovery and health. She looks forward to getting back into her activities with her full health intact. Lunance’s journey with cancer has been a long one but she is happy that she is receiving the help that she needs.