Esther L. is a 63-year-old woman who was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 2014. Esther is an Oakland native but in 2005 she had to relocate to San Francisco in 2005 when her home burnt down. In that same year, Esther lost her brother to a heart attack and had no remaining living family to support her financially or emotionally. After she became displaced, she was homeless for 5 months until she was placed in transitionally housing in San Francisco, where she resided until she was diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Her dream has always been to return to Oakland.
In addition to breast cancer, Esther has other medical conditions related to vision and mobility that create obstacles to her everyday life. She is partially blind and her vision has been deteriorating since 2005. Since then, she has had multiple surgeries, but the condition continues to worsen. Because of her deteriorating vision she reached out to the Love from Margot Foundation for financial support to return to Oakland, where she grew up most of her life. After recovering from her mastectomy in a homeless shelter in San Francisco, all she wants is to return to the town that she has known all her life. The Love from Margot Foundation was able to provide Esther with a financial grant to help her achieve her dream of moving back to Oakland.