Evan is a 5th grade teacher who was recently diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, a rare form of sarcoma cancer. As a healthy and happy 25 year old, this sudden and unexpected diagnosis has caught Evan and her family by surprise and we are asking for your support as she begins her journey to recovery. Despite having her life turned upside down, Evan has remained overwhelmingly positive and optimistic in the face of incredible adversity. She is being treated at the Cancer Treatment Center in Chicago and any donations to assist with travel and medical expenses are greatly appreciated. Please lift Evan and her family up in prayer and encourage them to "take refuge in the shadow of HIS wing until the disaster has passed" (Psalm 57:1).
In the Spring of 2012, while attending Towson University, I was a member of the track and field team. While running during practice, I was accidentally hit in my right leg with a lacrosse ball from the team practicing infield. I was immediately seen by a doctor because the pain was excruciating. After several MRI's, I was left with a small knot on the side of my leg that was determined to be benign and considered a minor sports injury. With no persistent pain, I continued my track career, joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. I began work as an elementary math teacher. I am currently a 3rd year 5th grade teacher and I lead several extracurricular activities for the students in my school.
In the Spring of 2016, I began to notice that the knot on my leg was steadily growing larger and more painful. By the time winter arrived, the dime-sized knot had grown to the size of a golf ball and I lost all sensation in my lower right leg. With growing concern, I decided to schedule an appointment with my dermatologist to have the lump evaluated. A routine biopsy resulted in a severe infection that kept me out of work and unable to walk for several days.
On February 2, 2017, one day before my 25th birthday, I received a call stating that the lump tested positive for cancer. After numerous trips to local hospitals and countless scans and tests, I was told that I suffered from Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans. This is an extremely rare form of cancer with roughly only 1,000 cases within the United States each year.
I am currently being treated at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago and the amazing doctors and staff here have created a treatment plan that includes radiation and multiple surgeries. Although this time has been challenging, I know that this is not the end of my story! I am grateful for the ways that God has blessed me and has allowed me to bless others. I am excited to get back to my students, my classroom, my family and my friends. Any donation to support me and my fight is greatly appreciated!