Rose is a 51-year-old mother of two from Haiti. She and her children—who are now grown, and have children of their own—all live together with Rose’s mother. In her spare time, Rose enjoys going to church activities (she was recently baptized) and taking care of her grandchildren.
Until recently, Rose earned money to support her family by selling grilled corn as a street merchant. But lately, Rose has had to go without this income source. Her health has not been good, and so the heat of the grill and the heavy lifting involved in transporting her produce make the job too physically demanding for her.
For some time, Rose’s right breast has been itchy and painful to the touch. She also feels very tired all the time. Around a year ago, she went to the hospital. Multiple exams revealed that she has breast cancer.
Although this diagnosis was very upsetting for Rose, she wants to take all the right steps to win her health back. Her doctors have recommended a mastectomy, and she has been scheduled to undergo one on August 3. But she cannot afford the procedure.
We need to raise $1,085 to sponsor Rose’s surgery, as well as the necessary lab tests, medications, and travel to and from the medical center.
After this mastectomy, Rose will be able to enjoy time with her family again—especially with the grandchildren that she adores. She will also be able to help support her family by returning to work.