Jambi's Medical Funds
Organized by: Vincent Sansait
At the beginning of May, Jambi Evangelista came to Columbus to pursue an ambitious career of becoming a hair stylist and starting an independent life full of dreams, learning and meeting new people. Leaving her home city of Chicago, where she grew up and built precious memories, Jambi faced challenges, like many college students. However, her obstacles did not hinder her from making continuous strides into her journey of fulfilling her dreams.
Jambi was able to start out as an assistant at the renowned hair salon, Phia, located in the heart of Short North, Columbus. At the beginning of August, she passed her licensure exam to officially style hair and she was excited to not only present her talented skills to the community but also to learn and connect with new people around her.
However, a one day after her exam, Jambi received a call from her doctor. Prior to the new days where she was about to step into her new life, reality, at its most unjust and unforeseen, interjected Jambi’s days to come. The doctor told her that she was showing early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease including hand tremors and stiff muscles. Without any medical insurance and bounded by a limited finance situation, her work and dreams were put on hold. Not only she may not able to style hair anymore, but it could be years from now until she is able to afford a complete diagnosis to seek possible ways to better her condition.
We ask for your help our dear friends and friends of Jambi, who know her as a extremely silly, animated, kind-hearted, loving, diligent, wise and overall beautifully unique person. Many of us are in college now or in some pursuit of a dream we are all passionate about as we try to make a living for ourselves and we understand the financial struggles you all face as we are also college students. But if you have any money to spare, no words would describe how thankful we are of your support. If you are too deep into your financial crisis, we understand, but we ask you to share her situation with other people who hold a close relationship with Jambi. Although we would like to receive as much as support for her as we can, this is a SENSITIVE matter; please think about who you share this with!
Our goal is to reach $6000 in order to cover a proper diagnosis consisting of a CT, MRI, PET, and other neurological testing as well as other medical checkups/meetings/visits and medications. This is just a rough estimate of the expenses that will be involved in this series of procedures, however, with your support, we hope to make positive strides as we are determined to help our dear and beloved friend.
Words from Vincent Sansait, her boyfriend: Jambi has been through so many tough times this past year and many tears were shed, but yet she stayed optimistic and hopeful throughout it all. However, this doctor’s call devastated her dreams, and she’s trying her hardest to stay hopeful. I’ve never seen or met anyone so strong and determined, and I’m so thankful and lucky to have her in my life, but only time will tell when her strength and optimism will run out and me alone can only do so much for her. In reality, the shaking, etc. has been present even before the doctor called, but we never made the connection that these were symptoms of Parkinson’s. It pains me to see her shake or be in extreme pain because of muscle stiffness. There were many nights where we were up very late just because the pain was just too much. It pains me even more to know she might not be able to do what she devoted most of her life to: styling hair and dancing. And on top of that, she doesn’t have the funds to restart her career in whatever profession she may choose. If you know Jambi well, then you know she's a giving person and that she's extremely reluctant to accept donations. But with everything that's going on, she doesn't have leeway. So I ask for your help. Even if it's a small donation, it would move Jambi's heart greatly. I just want to see her smile again with ease, with no problems in the back of her mind. I'm not doing this because I need to but because I love her and I'm able to do so. Thank you for taking time to read this.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. THANK YOU
-Jenny Kim, Mary Grace Sansait, and Vincent Sansait