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Help me pay for college before I start chemotherapy.

Organized by: Lucina Kayee

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EVENT DATE Nov 17, 2016

THE STORY:

My name is Lucina Kayee and I am a student at Hamline University. I work at a public charter school as a special education paraprofessional and a foster care youth advocate for counties across Minnesota. I’ve been in foster care since I was ten years old and without any family in the United states. Since I was ten years old, I’ve been doing everything on my own including finding housing, schooling, and mental health support. I’ve been trying my best to balance my mental health, my physical well-being, and my schooling but I feel stuck and helpless. I'm known as the foster care youth advocate in my community and I'm always striving to better it by supplying the youth that I work with as many tools I can in order for them to succeed. This is hard to do when the system is set up against me and kids like me. Last year, after my summer courses, I decided to take some time away from school because my mental health was being effected by my Lupus. Three months ago I was told by the Hennepin county that they would not be able to help me with paying Hamline back for the summer classes that I took before I went on my mental health break. This news came at a time where everything in my life was going downhill. At the end of October I’ll be starting chemotherapy per my Doctor’s request for my Lupus. I started to have major anxiety attacks because I knew I wouldn't be able to pay Hamline back the money that I owe them before November 18th on my own. I'm emotionally and physically exhausted. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do but I feel like everything is against me right now. I want to continue my work with young people in the system as an attorney, but my college will not accept me back unless I pay them. I want to move forward with my studies and my career but I can't do this when there is red tape preventing me from succeeding. I am asking for my community, online and local, to show up for me in a very difficult time of my life. I am a poor, queer black youth without any family or generational wealth. I am determined to get back into school and no one is going to stop that from happening but I’ve exhausted all my options. I need your help. I am a political refugee, I am an educator, and I am a queer Black woman. I am part of your community and I really need your support. So please, donate if you’re able and help spread the word because 3,000 is a lot of money and I’m going to need all the help I can get.

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