My sister, Anna Herdlein, has always been the most caring, loving, funny, intelligent, and healthy person I know. Unfortunately, just two short months ago, she started developing some abdominal issues which caused her severe pain. Shesought professional help. After many doctor and emergency room visits, Anna underwent minor surgery to relieve her symptoms. The surgery uncovered problems more severe than our family could have ever imagined, revealing that Anna’s abdomen was riddled with lesions and a fast-growing tumor. As of now, due to the complications from the lesions and tumor, Anna is in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has yet to receive an official diagnosis for the lesions and tumor in her abdomen, but we are hoping for the best.
Anna’s academic and professional life has always been focused on helping others. In 2013, received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa, where she also studied Swahili. During her time at Iowa, Anna was a first-rate student. Most notable was her research with faculty studying mental health treatment issues, an unusual activity for an undergraduate.Clearly, Anna’s professors saw something special in her. This fall, Anna began a graduate certificate program at UMass Lowell in public health. After only a few weeks in class, Anna’s public health professor is already speaking her praises.
In her career, Anna has continued her dedication to communityservice. She has worked in residential mental health treatment centers and most recently, she did service work with Americorp,conducting trainings about harm reduction. In addition, Anna has done volunteer work in needle exchanges and food banks, among other organizations. One of her favorite volunteer activities was with the Brown Dog Coalition, a Massachusetts animal rescue organization, where she fostered dogs in need of temporary homes prior to adoption. Anyone who knows Anna knows about her love of dogs. Of course, community service work doesn’t always pay the bills so on weekends Anna works double-shifts at the Cheesecake Factory.
As you might imagine, Anna’s medical bills are starting to mount, and her medical insurance will not cover all of them. I am asking—my family is asking—for your help to pay these bills. Please honor Anna’s community service and her life by making a donation to this fund for Anna’s medical expenses. Anna turns 30 on October 19th so a donation would also be a wonderful birthday present. No amount is too small. We know Anna will be grateful, and so will my family and I.
Many thanks for your support!
Matthew Herdlein and the Herdlein Family
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You got this Anna. After all you sent in an application to be adopted by us lol. Love yeah can’t wait to hear your sarcasm soon 😘
Sending positive thoughts to Anna and her family!!
Sending all my love ❤️
We are all praying for Anna.
Reply from Kevin Darcey, Fund the First CMO8 hours ago
You've got so many fans behind you, Anna. Keep fighting.
Thinking of you, Anna! Get well soon!
We love you Anna!! Sending an abundance of healing hugs to you 💞