Help Yasmin With Cancer Expenses
$6,900 raised
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5 Years running
Yasmin Metivier was diagnosed in May, 2013 with breast cancer, and while that alone is no longer an inevitable death sentence it is a steep, uphill battle for women like Yasmin who have no health insurance. She needs your help.
This is Yasmin Wurts Metivier, the epitome of a small business owner in this country. But Yasmin is no ordinary woman. Her bio is beyond impressive and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, distinctions and honors for many years. She is accomplished in so many areas of her specialty – cross-cultural communications. She is giving to anyone who needs her, particularly the migrant farm workers who rely on her each year to spearhead clothing drives and solicit furniture donations for the workers who come to this country with nothing. She is tireless in her drive to improve her life and the lives of those she loves and the immigrant/migrant community alike. She has more energy than seems possible and shares it with anyone who asks. She exercises religiously and eats healthy foods. She is an unabashedly proud mother of her two beautiful children and loyal wife to her husband and business partner.

And now, she’s been bestowed another distinction: she has breast cancer. Yasmin was diagnosed in May of this year. And while having breast cancer alone is no longer an inevitable death sentence thanks to all the great research and awareness that has been raised in the past years, it is a steep, uphill battle for women like Yas who have no health insurance.

Understandably, one might ask “why doesn’t she have insurance?” The answer is both simple and complex. Yas has lived in the US for 27 years. For 26 years, she and her family were covered by a health insurance policy that was purchased solely at their expense. Then in 2009, the bottom dropped out of our economy and work for so many became scarce. Banks, schools and businesses cut back on all kinds of programs and initiatives and Panoltia felt the effects profoundly. Holding on for 3 years and still paying the premiums became out of reach by 2013, and this year the annual insurance premium was reserved for the mortgage.

And now this. Her uphill battle includes surgery (already done), sixteen weeks of chemo followed by 4 weeks of radiation (5 days a week), punctuated by extreme nausea and fatigue - daunting to even the strongest among us. Yet she is grateful that she lives in a country where treatment is available, regardless of one’s financial status. And so are we.

Yasmin is the face of Panoltia which means that if she can’t work, the business has no income. The irony is not lost - the family has no income yet is ineligible for any type of government assistance because they are not indigent. They are simply stuck in the donut hole, making too much money for assistance but not enough to afford insurance. Unbelievably bad timing and bad luck.

Yasmin is no stranger to cancer in her family, breast cancer in particular. Her mother had a radical mastectomy - years ago before treatments were as sophisticated as today’s - and survived. But her sister Linda did not fare so well with her breast cancer. She died last year. So, Yasmin has a very personal stake in taking on this challenge.
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