On January 7, 2014, she experienced seizures, a stroke, and was diagnosed with a tennis ball sized tumor in the right frontal lobe of her brain. She was initially told it was inoperable, but one surgeon was willing to try. He was able to remove a large portion but could not reach the tentacle-like extensions that reach deep into her brain. The surgery left her face paralyzed on one side and has affected her speech, but miraculously, no other residual effects. Pathology returned a diagnosis of a grade 3 astrocytoma and she was given a prognosis of 3-10 years with aggressive treatment. Sarah began a combination of daily chemotherapy and radiation on March 26, 2014 and will continue for the next 6 weeks.
The Summers family is trying to raise 1 million dollars for her medical expenses.