My family just got the heartbreaking news that the matriarch of our family - my beloved grandmother - has stage III stomach cancer. In order for her to even have a fighting chance to celebrate a few more birthdays an expensive surgery and treatment is necessary - it is not covered by health insurance in my country. I need YOUR help to fund the treatment, because we do not have the money to even begin the treatment. My mother, a single very hard-working mother, has both my sister as well as our household to provide for (as I am graduating from university), I want to be able to provide all the financial support I possibly can.
My grandmother lost her mother at the age of 8, and grew up taking care of her little brother. She finished university at 16 and became a teacher - and has been a teacher, a school principal and finally an elementary school teacher for over 40 years. She helped hundreds of children and youths start their lives on the right foot, always took care of them - if some students couldn't pay for lunch, she would pay herself. There were very poor children in her elementary school, who couldn't even afford season-appropriate clothing in Fall & Winter - my grandmother collected clothes from us, her friends, and even bought some things to make sure that the children were well taken care of. To this day her students make sure to call her on her birthday, or meet her at every possible occasion.
She is the kindest, brightest person I know, who helped my parents raise me since I was a baby. She taught me how to read even before I knew what school was. At the age of 3 she started taking me with her to school - because I wanted to see what it was like - and always treated me with kindness and respect, like the rest of her students. My grandmother taught me kindness, courage and strength, and what it means to be a good person regardless of your social or financial situation. She is the person we turn to for advice, the person who wakes up early in the morning to run errands so that my grandpa, who can barely walk, is well taken care of. Be it rain, or snow, if I or my sister were sick, she would always come to our house and make sure we had all we needed to get better.She took care and gave so much to so many people, and our family, so this time I want to give back and be able to make sure that she is taken care of and given every chance to fight this illness. She is my role-model and I hope she is not taken from us, it is much too soon.