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Dominic Mazzio

Dominic Mazzio
Maple Shade, NJ United States
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We will be walking in honor of my son, Dominic.

My then 2 year old son, Dominic was a happy, healthy toddler. May 30, 2013 he suddenly woke up to use the bathroom and could not move his legs. We rushed him to the ER and watched the paralysis go up his entire body as we sat in the waiting room. He was in PICU for two weeks going through intense testing and researching.

They finally diagnosed him with Transverse Myelitis. Its a very rare autoimmune disease that only affects 1 in a million people. It's so rare that doctors have such a hard time diagnosing it and there is NO CURE. People go their entire life paralysed in a wheel chair simply because doctors can not recommend the right treatment. The only "treatment" they have is steroids to help lower the inflammation in the spine. There is ONLY a 30% chance of a full recovery. The rest are disabled and wheelchair bound for the rest of their lives.

My son is a FIGHTER and I will do ANYTHING to fight the fight with him. He is my hero. After spending three months at Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick receiving intense physical therapy every day, 4 times a day, he was able to regain movement in his upper body and slowly regained movement in his legs. He went from bed ridden, to wheel chair, to walker. He fought harder than any three year old would. He was DETERMINED to walk again. He is a miracle. My miracle.

Dominic is now receiving therapies 3 days a week at Children's specialized hospital outpatient center in Hamilton Township. He is walking with the help of his orthotic leg braces. Almost two years later he still faces many scares of relapse, muscle spasms, stiffness and many more side effects. Not everyone is as lucky! SO PLEASE come out and show your support for this cause & everyone affected by it.


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