Created a GoFundMe page for a Sudbury university student with a brain tumor

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It’s a long road for second-year Wilfrid Laurier University student Ebony Thomas

Ebony Thomas, a second-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, was diagnosed with a brain tumor growing on her pituitary gland last March.

Luckily, the tumor isn’t fatal, but Ebony still has a long way to go to figure out if she needs surgery or not. The diagnosis comes after years of problematic symptoms.

“We’ve been waiting about 10 months to a year for the diagnosis,” said Jamie Thomas, Ebony’s mother.

“That’s as far back as I can remember, since she was (about) 15. She had very bad headaches and she always had problems with her menstrual cycle. So it was always super erratic.”

“(I) feel a little helpless as a mother. Like, there’s nothing I can do to fix it.

The whole process was a rollercoaster, Jamie said.

The young woman was born and raised in Sudbury, so being away from her family has been difficult for her.

“Especially for her, since she’s so far away too,” Jamie said.

“She has no family there (in Waterloo). Like, we’re all pretty much all located in Sudbury here. We went there almost every weekend just to make sure she was okay. But you know, it’s hard.

“Especially when she’s trying to finish her exams, because it’s important to her. She wants to make sure she completes her studies.

Ebony is currently working full-time as an RA (resident assistant) at Laurier, in addition to being a full-time student in the midst of her brain tumor diagnosis. The timing of it all during her exam season put the sophomore under a lot of stress.

“She planned to work all summer to pay for her tuition,” Jamie said. “But unfortunately we don’t know at all if she will be able to work all summer.”

Uncertainty over whether she would need surgery hangs over Ebony, along with the financial stress of paying off her school debt.

That’s why Jamie created a GoFundMe page for Ebony to ease Ebony’s workload as she embarks on her new medical journey.

To support Ebony, please visit the GoFundMe page here.

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