Seeking a deserving breast cancer survivor
Meet our 2018 fundraiser beneficiary:
We are honored to announce that we have selected Jessica Gardner as our 2018 fundraiser beneficiary.
Jessica, a Niles resident, was 33 years old and eight-months pregnant when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in December 2016. Ten days after giving birth to Savannah, Jessica underwent surgery to remove a tumor bigger than a baseball and other cancerous tissue from her right breast. Five surgeries, chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation have followed.
In July, Jessica underwent breast reconstruction surgery – a procedure that will cost Jessica roughly $5,500 (and that’s after health insurance!). The bill doesn’t include any of the out-of-pocket costs for her follow-up appointments. Nor does it include the expenses associated with the medication Jessica must take for the next 20 years to deter new cancer cells from forming.
While Jessica, a Brookfield High School English teacher, banked enough sick days to cover most of her time off work, her family has lost thousands of dollars in income because her husband, Brian, missed work so he could attend Jessica’s doctor appointments and surgeries.
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