#MissionMonday: Sydney

 In Family Story, Mission Monday, Our Mission

It was August of 2015 when Sydney received the heartbreaking news that she had a grade III inoperable brain tumor. Instead of starting a new school year in her hometown of Nashville, Sydney immediately began radiation followed by a year of bi-weekly chemotherapy. This took the family in a direction they could have never expected and forced them to look at life with a new lens.

“Cancer has taught me to never, not for one day, take my child or the time we have for granted and to always live in the moment,” said Sydney’s single mother, Sabrina.

Falling on hard times

At the time of this devastating diagnosis, Sydney’s family was dealing with the loss of her grandmother and recovering from an accident her older brother suffered while at work as a firefighter and EMT. The family was stretched thin.

Sabrina was forced to leave her job as a hiring recruiter so she could be by her daughter’s side for daily radiation and countless additional hospital visits. She was able to manage her household expenses through a GoFundMe account, support from a number of generous cancer organizations and relying heavily on her credit card.

Sydney and mom after completing her chemotherapy treatments.

The aftermath of cancer

Sydney has completed treatment and her family is happy to report that she is doing well, but they have yet to escape the financially crippling effects of cancer. With Sabrina’s credit card maxed out and dwindling external support, they needed a helping hand. Family Reach provided a grant to the family covering one month’s mortgage as well as an outstanding tax bill. Upon receiving the grant Sabrina expressed her gratitude.

“Without your support, we would be homeless by now. Thank you so much for what you have done,” said Sabrina.

This grant came at a crucial time for the family. Sydney is about to receive her six-month post-treatment scan, which will determine her next steps. They hope that hospital visits will be less frequent and allow Sabrina to get back to work and financially provide for the family.

Interested in helping families like Sabrina’s? Join our Key Holder community.