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Leyla's Ducklings

Leyla's Ducklings
Clark, NJ United States
Stuff About Me:

We are "Leyla's Ducklings"- the daughters of the most beautiful and amazing Mom. A Sister, Daughter, Girlfriend, Aunt, Cousin- and beyond the most treasured friend to many. Today, we join in unity with many to support Mary's Place in their mission to win the Revlon Love is On Million Dollar Challenge. 

Our Mom was always the prettiest, healthiest, vivacious person that we always suspected would still run circles around us girls when she got old. She never let the grass grow under her feet. Then there was that devastating day when we were in the Dr's office, for what we presumed was pneumonia or sinus related. The day we heard, "Your sinuses are clear, but we have reason to believe you have a significant tumor on your lung and you have to leave here right now and go straight to the hospital"- that's the day our world came crashing down. 

As we learned more and more of what we were dealing with, turned out Mom was a rare case. She had two active, SEPARATE, cancers- unheard of and very rare. Sloan Kettering has never even heard of such a case and she stumped the medical world. At the time of diagnosis, with very little symptoms- we learned Mom had Stage 4 non- small cell lung cancer AND Grade 4 Glioblastoma (brain cancer). We are "Leyla's Ducklings", because us three girls were always right behind Mom for every single appointment. She was never, ever, alone in the courageous fight ahead of her. With a large army of family and friends fighting beside her, we went to battle.

To make a long and crushing, sad story short- Mom was a Warrior. She fought in a way that none of her doctors have ever seen. They called her a miracle. Her strength and her will to live was immeasurable. She endured double the amount of treatment any 1 person should have received. It was her only shot, and everyone was rooting for her- so she got the motherload of chemo and radiation- literally enough for two separate patients. On April 24, 2015- this horrible disease robbed our beautiful Mom of her dreams of the future and making more memories with her family and friends.

Throughout the year Mom fought her butt off- we found a safe haven, a place of understanding, a place of warmth and comfort- an escape for Mom and us girls. This place was Mary's Place. Mom was able to go and hang out, and was a "guest". Although she was very sick, and had a tough time with the stairs- she loved her visits and everyone there. We packed her "feedbag" as we called it, and off we went (Mom had a meticulously planned stash of goodies, snacks, and of course- her emergency meds and Life Alert, that went everywhere she did). Mary's Place treated Mom to reiki, oncology massages, nutritional lunches especially prepared for the limited cancer diet. Mary's Place even gave her a gift for her birthday. She said everyone at Mary's Place are Angels and vowed that when she was better, she would volunteer there.

In losing our precious and beloved Mother, we are here to do anything and everything we can to help the people who helped her. We are very proud of how Mom raised us. Everyone told us how special they could tell our bond is, and that we would be surprised at how many people were at the Dr alone. This is what family means. This is what Mary's Place means. Mary's Place tirelessly works to make the lives of women with all cancers and their families, a safe haven- just as they did with our Mom and us. Every guest is a top priority. Their devoted cause as volunteers, relies on the help of the local community and donors to make this all possible. This is why Mary's Place is so deserving of winning the Revlon Love is On Million Dollar Challenge, so they can continue to help more families, just like they helped us - and have helped the many families before us. 

We truly appreciate if you are reading our story. If you knew our Mom, you are surely missing her, as we are. She is forever in our hearts, and so are you.

Love always,

Leyla's Ducklings





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