Jael Strauss, the former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant who passed away Tuesday at age 34 from stage 4 breast cancer, reportedly spent her final years dedicated to helping others.
The model, who announced in August that she was five years sober after struggling with a crystal meth addiction, dedicated her time to the Solstice Recovery Foundation in Texas by volunteering to help those struggling with addiction, an employee told TMZ.
Strauss created online campaigns to raise money to provide those in need of treatment with scholarships, and would also share her own story about her journey to sobriety to inspire other patients.
In return for her kindness, pals at the recovery center organized the “F–k Cancer-Love Like Jael” fundraiser, where people who donated $20-$50 could receive free “F–k Cancer” or “Jael Love” tattoos, which about 20 people received. Their efforts helped raise $8,000 that went toward Strauss’ treatment costs, the website reports.
Strauss announced she was discontinuing chemotherapy in October, writing on Facebook, “On October 2nd I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.”
She continued, “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.”
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