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***PLEASE NOTE: Donations that are requested on this Caring Bridge page DO NOT go to Katya. We have started a Go Fund Me page to bring together support for Katya. Please click on the "Ways to Help" link in the menu above. There is a link to the GoFundMe page there.
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
The week of Feb 22, our dear Katya was diagnosed with advanced Stage IV metastatic brain cancer. She is now in hospice care, and in Rochester, NY with her family. Thanks the generosity of many people, Katya was able to fly from Albuquerque to Rochester on a chartered medical flight on March 1.
Katya currently cannot see clearly due to the tumors pressing on her optic nerve, and your messages will be read to her by a few of her closest friends and family. It would bring her joy to hear from you, including your stories, well-wishes, and more.
A remarkable oncologist at the hospital in Albuquerque shared with Katya a number of possible treatment options and their side effects and then stated "perhaps the kindest option is to let go of the trauma of treatment and the searching for what the causes may be." Upon hearing this Katya felt her body immediately relax and said "I don't want to fight - there is no battle here. I want my energy to go toward beauty and love." When we ask her how she is, she responds "I am present." And she is.
This is the spirit of her end of life journey. Your love and presence is deeply appreciated.
If you wish to mail Katya a card or anything else, her mailing address is now: Katya Lesher c/o Karen Ekeze 1585 Covell Road Brockport, NY. 14420