Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant Jael Strauss Reveals She Has Stage 4 Breast Cancer: ‘I Don’t Want To Die’
This is so sad. Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has revealed that she’s battling breast cancer. “I was gonna write some long thing, but some of you guys deserve to know. On Oct. 2, I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable,” she wrote on Facebook.
“With treatment, it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013,” the 34-year-old added. With that, on Oct. 10, Jael took to Instagram to share a link to a GoFundMe page that’s raising money for her treatment.
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LINK IN BIO. My lovlies, I am currently living in a beautiful luxurious hotel in downtown Austin without a care in the world, isn’t life grand?.. That is the complete opposite of my reality right now as I exist closer to death than I have ever been, and I am scared. I really need your help – donations, kind words of support and prayers are completely welcome and absolutely needed. I have stage four metastatic breast cancer, and there is NO cure. “NO CURE” ?.. #fuckcancer #cancersucks #breastcancer #gofundme #pleasehelp #fundraiser #fundraising
The page has since raised $10,781 of a $15,000 goal and is and is full of words of love, support, and encouragement. The page organizer wrote: “Jael, being the selfless person that she is, has helped countless people throughout her life as an advocate for recovery and social justice.” For those of you who are unaware, Jael suffered from a serious drug addiction following her time on ANTM. She even appeared on The Dr. Phil Show in 2012, where she finally agreed to get clean. Thankfully, she’s been sober ever since.
“She has offered everything she has to people in need — no matter what their situation,” the page organizer continued. “She is always ready to help with an empathetic heart and nonjudgmental spirit. She has created ‘GoFundMes’ for literally dozens of her friends, and it is now time for us to pay her back. We have the chance, and honestly, the obligation, to step up and return the favor.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jael and her loved ones during this difficult time. We admire her bravery and strength and sincerely hope she gets the treatment she needs.