Heidi Perez, also known as Matushka Mary* Perez, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer after a year of suffering from recurring pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic cough, several infections, wheezing and fatigue. While the diagnosis does explain her prolonged illness, it came as a shock to her family and friends.
Her husband, Fr. Dimitri Perez, is an Orthodox priest who serves a mission parish
in Vancouver, WA called Holy Apostles. For eleven years, Matushka Mary has been helping her husband in his ministry, and has been doing a lot of work herself in the church community and beyond.
Matushka Mary is a Licensed Psychologist Associate, specializing in work with children, teens and their families and has a private practice
which helps supplement income to support her family, which includes their precious and only son Benjamin.
As of this week, Matushka Mary has temporarily suspended her private practice due to her recent diagnosis, in order to seek treatment and work toward healing. Because the family relies heavily on her income for financial support, we are asking for your generous donation in support of her medical treatment and her family's needs, which will be both numerous and extensive due to insurance not covering all of these needed treatments.* Matushka means mother in Russian and refers to the title of honor that is used to refer to an Orthodox Priest's wife. St. Mary Magdalene is her patron saint.
If you wish to donate with a check, please make it payable to "Holy Apostles Orthodox Church", earmark "Mary Perez" and mail to: Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 3214 N St, Vancouver, WA 98663