Bless our Sonya with hope for a future
Organized by: Benita Parks
Anyone who has seen Sonya Parks Smith smile understands why we can't lose her. And anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting her knows that she is an exceptional human being. She is an unstoppable, happy woman. As my sister she has filled my life and the lives of others with joy, laughter, and generosity.
In 1999 a severe sore throat and shoulder pain evolved into a diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma. She was immediately put on a chemotherapy and radiation regimin. Although the chemotherapy and radiation sessions were successful in treating the cancer, Sonya was left with scars, burn marks, on her shoulder and neck as a constant reminder of her battle. Sonya is a fighter and made a full physical recovery,and her cancer was in remission.
On February 24, 2015 Sonya met with her doctor to discuss the results a routine mammogram, three clusters were found in her right breast. After a biopsy and after sixteen years and two months before her 50th birthday, Sonya was given the news that the cancer was back.
Particapating in traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments are not an option because it would further damage her body and possibly other internal organs. She thought all hope was lost and was ready to suffer the consequences of the limited treatment until I suggested she seek a second opinion.
After making a few calls we decided to call Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago, Illinois. The representative provided more hope in one conversation than any doctor had in the last month. They stated that they would be happy to provide Sonya with a second opinion and the proper treatments needed to kick this cancer.
Sonya has insurance but quickly realized it would not cover all the expenses necessary to complete treatment out of state. This illness threatewentns to present signifacant financial hardship to Sonya. Even when she is out of the hospital, her road to recovery will be very long and arduous.
I am asking, on her behalf, that anyone who's life has ever been touched by a beautiful, amazing, generous spirit lend your financial support so that Sonya can have some good news. I want her to be able to focus fully on her recovery and not have the added stress of finances.
Sonya will begin traveling to Illinois from New Jersey on April 9th for the initial consultation. The recovery and rehabilitation process will undoubtably present a financial burden that she cannot sustain. She will potentially have to travel back and forth from New Jersey to Illinois for the next several months. Her rehabilitation and recovery are our number one priority and if she can focus solely on that her 50th birthday will be that much more special.
Please give whatever you can. We need your help, we do not have much savings at all. This illness came out of nowhere and we're doing everything we can to make sure she hears some good news.
Please help Sonya make her 50th a cancer free birthday