Amber's Crohn's MAP Vaccine Fundraiser Campaign!
This started out as a birthday challenge where I challenged all of my family and friends to donate $19.00 - one dollar for every year I have survived this illness - for my birthday to help fund the Crohn's MAP Vaccine in 2015. But we haven't met our goal yet. And so we push on.
Another year...another dollar. This year marks 20 years that I have been fighting! And this year is also the year that the human trials are scheduled to begin. Don't let us fall short. I am challenging everyone to donate $20.00 or more to help us fund the Crohn's MAP Vaccine.
I was diagnosed at age 16 at the beginning of my senior year of high school. I seemed to have suddenly been stricken with abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stools, etc., but in reality I was suffering with this illness for many years before that. Over time scar tissue built up to the point where a perforation was inevitable. At the age of 17 I had an emergency surgery following a spontaneous bowel perforation that lead to the removal 18" of my intestine. Six months of having an ileostomy, and then a bowel resection. I had just two years of remission.
After multiple attempts of using different drug combinations I am now in a clinically induced remission. This does not mean I do not still suffer. It just means that my suffering is "managed". But who wants to be "MANAGED" when they can be "CURED"?
For the first time in years there is finally HOPE!
It is for this reason I am challenging all of my family and friends to donate toward the Crohn's MAP Vaccine. A real hope for a cure for not only myself, but for the millions of other people who suffer, and for the millions of people who will suffer as the number of people being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease is rising everyday.
Amy Hermon-Taylor wrote -
We are a group of Crohnies whose mission is to raise funds to enable the Crohn's MAP Vaccine developed by Prof. John Hermon-Taylor (King's College London) to commence human trials. This Vaccine is targeted against the bacteria thought to cause Crohn's disease: Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). The vaccine is designed to treat Crohn's disease and has the potential to be a Crohn's cure! The project currently on-going at King's College London will provide a new simple accurate test for MAP in humans for use in the vaccine trial.
We are very grateful to Friends of Kings College London Association Inc for supporting this project.
Crohn's Disease is an aggressive form of inflammatory bowel disease affecting 1.2 million people in the USA. Numbers are increasing, especially in children. Symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea and weight loss. Up to 80% of sufferers will need surgery at some point in their lifetime. There is currently no cure.
We want to help change that. If you are a Crohnie who wants to make a difference then join us -YOUR VACCINE NEEDS YOU!
Visit crohnsmapvaccine.com for more info.