Maria is a strong-willed and kind-hearted person whose career as an artist was cut short due to threats from Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell following her efforts to report their sex-trafficking operation to authorities and the media. As Maria has been fighting to bring attention to the injustices of the Epstein case, she has simultaneously been fighting for her health. For several years she has tried to determine the cause of a number of debilitating symptoms and get the proper treatment. When she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in early 2019, she thought that the cause of her illness had finally been discovered. Following a successful targeted radiation treatment last spring, she did experience some relief but many symptoms lingered and follow-up scans revealed masses in her mediastinal tissue that were of concern to her medical team. A month later a surgery was performed to remove as many of these masses as possible, but the biopsies were inconclusive. Unfortunately, follow-up scans in early 2020 showed that the masses had returned and she was scheduled for a second surgery in mid-March 2020. The results of these biopsies led Maria to be diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphomawhich is believed to be the source of the symptoms she has been battling for years. Maria's doctors are recommending she have additional scans to determine more definitively the stage of her cancer and then to begin chemotherapy right away.
Maria is a fighter, but it is clear this next battle will be a tough one. Any support you generously provide will go toward easing the financial strain of this process- covering medical costs and medications that are not covered by her insurance, as well as additional expenses such as buying wigs, healthy food and supplements, and transportation to appointments.