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Julia is a 51-year-old mother from Haiti who needs $1,085 to fund surgery to fight breast cancer.

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February 14, 2017

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.

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 ...

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Julia's Timeline

  • February 14, 2017

    Julia was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • February 15, 2017

    Julia received treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital.

  • February 16, 2017

    Julia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 08, 2017

    Awaiting Julia's treatment update from Innovating Health International.


    Julia is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Julia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients present with lumps in the breast, dimpling of the skin, swelling in the armpit, or discharge from the nipple.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Breast cancer is a fatal disease. In Haiti, a mastectomy is the only option for treatment.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Because cancer care is a relatively recent option in Haiti, cancer is seen as a death sentence. Haitians are very hesitant to remove a part of their body for fear of social stigma. To minimize this fear, our medical partner offers breast reconstruction. Patients also receive counseling before and after surgery.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients receive chemotherapy for several months either before or after surgery. The surgery lasts two hours and recovery lasts two weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients might develop infections because many do not have access to clean water. To combat this possibility, patients are given bottles of wound cleanser. A few patients might develop permanent arm swelling. In some cases, cancer can recur.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the entire country, there are only three options for cancer care. Through private doctors, a mastectomy can cost several thousand dollars. Many women move from doctor to doctor and exhaust all their savings.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Without treatment, patients will likely pass away.