Help the Savali Family Beat Lung Cancer. #TeamSavali

For: Savali Savali and Kirsten West-Savali
Houston, TX
Organizer: Tayari Jones
Help the Savali Family Beat Lung Cancer. #TeamSavali (Savali Savali and Kirsten West-Savali)
$9,900
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 142 donors
49% Complete

The Story

Savali Savali, husband of TheRoot.Com columnist Kirsten West-Savalihas been diagnosed with lung cancer.  This devastating news rocked their family to the core.  He, Kirsten, and their three very young children must move to Texas immediately so that he can be treated at M.D. Anderson, the world-renowned cancer center.  This condition  is very serious, but the specialists at M. D. Anderson are designing a personalized treatment to fight this terrible disease.  

The Savalis are a strong family, guided by love and determination but they need our help.  They will live in Houston for at least a year, maybe even longer.  This fund is not only to defray medical costs-- which will be formidable-- but also to help with this sudden relocation.  They will need to set up house, find childcare, good schools, etc.  

As access to healthcare, childcare, and life-saving services are under attack, we have to step up and take care of our own.  Kirsten has spent her entire career loving us and defending us in print and in life.  Now it's our turn to take care of her and her precious family.

There is a steep road ahead, but let's show them that they are not alone.   #TeamSavali #LoveWins

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 14, 2017

Posted on July 14, 2017

Hello Everyone,
Here is a quick update.  The Savalis have arrived in Houston and have met with the doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Savali has begun his chemotherapy already.  They are still in transition, looking for a house, etc, but they are very glad to get the treatment plan started.  I spoke with Kirsten yesterday and they are in good spirits and ready to fight the good fight.  Thank you to everyone for your support and your prayers. 

Best,

Tayari


Posted on July 8, 2017

Posted on July 8, 2017

Dear #TeamSavali,
The most recent report from the doctors is that Savali must start treatment IMMEDIATELY.  The family will drop everything and rush to Houston to be present for a important appointment on Monday and he will begin chemotherapy on Wednesday.  Of course we are grateful that he has access emergency treatment at MD Anderson, but the accelerated schedule means that they must hire packers to close up their place in Mississippi and they will stay in a hotel with their three children, as they seek more permanent housing.  These are significant expenses on top of the co-pays, deductibles, and other medical costs.

Savali, Kirsten, and the children are deeply moved by the incredible show of support for the YouCaring fundraiser.  The money is a godsend, but even more fortifying is the love and positive energy.  I am managing the page, but please know that the Savalis are aware of (and thankful for) each and every gift.

So many people love this family and I know they will help if they know that help is needed.  Please share the link widely, and encourage your friends to do the same. Even if you have shared it, please share it again to bring it to the top of the page.  Time is of the essence!  #TEAMSAVALI needs us.

Sincerely,

Tayari Jones

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