Mirka, our beautifully strong sister, aunt, daughter, friend, and partner in crime, was diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer in August. Mirka has had to move forward with treatment very quickly since her diagnosis and is receiving medical care at Kaiser Oakland.
Mirka had surgery to place a feeding tube on September 21 in order to help her maintain her strength during the long journey ahead. Six days later, on September 27, she started weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation. Mirka’s overall course of treatment is going to be a grueling and expensive marathon of chemo, radiation, and another surgery (Esophagectomy).
We created this GoFundMe page to seek assistance with Mirka’s living and medical expenses during the course of her treatment so she can focus on staying strong, comfortable, and in her own home. As a member of the Hodur clan, we all know Mirka is stubborn, and we are counting on her tenacity to beat this cancer so that she can continue to enjoy her own life and to grace ours with her love and with
everything that makes Mirka who she is.
Mirka moved from the Bay Area for four years so she could be closer to her five nieces and nephews in Culver City. She is now back in the Bay Area spending time with her two beautiful nieces there. Mirka never made a move to Wisconsin, but she also has two nieces and a nephew there, as well as twin baby great-nephews whom she has not yet had a chance to meet.
Mirka co-founded the writer's workshop on Chuck Palahniuk's official site, set up a scholarship fund, as well as her annual best books of the year posted on Valentine's Day.
She also spearheaded two book drives for soldiers serving in Afghanistan. She has worked with several food justice programs in various capacities including Project Open Hand and No Kid Hungry. Currently she is involved with Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-based addiction recovery community.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, be it a donation, a few words of encouragement, or say hello to Mirka on her Instagram: @hodurova_ninja