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Find a Cure for VWM

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THE STORY:

Donna Skwirut wrote -

Can you please help us Find a Cure for VWM ?

To learn more about VWM see this link : http://prezi.com/ja0r4gvbevyz/find-a-cure-for-vwm-leukodystrophy-research/

Thank you very much to ALL that have donated to AFTAU since last year. Every dollar is making a difference. Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein is truly working hard to Find a Cure for VWM. With your help, we can raise $ 35,000 and get $ 35,000 donation match. If we can come up with $70,000 it will allow Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein to greatly enhance her staff.

To make this campaign successful - https://www.crowdrise.com/FindaCureforVWM -  we need your help again ...and remember "Together we can Find a Cure for VWM" !

If everyone who has supported or donated so far asks just 5 new friends to donate $10 each in the month of June, we will reach our goal! Help us "Find a Cure for VWM" by sharing this campaign with 5 friends :

If you like this post, share it, AND comment on it, I will send you a "VWM" keychain ! Thank you for your support !!

Update: 8/20/14 ~ To learn more about VWM research see: http://www.elroystein-tau.com/research/  and see  the team:  http://www.elroystein-tau.com/team/  Your generosity is crucial to find a cure for VWM.

Update: 6/4/14 ~ We have a generous donor and he will match every dollar until we have the $70,000. If collectively we can come up with $35,000, he will match the rest so we have $70,000. Please help us raise the funds necessary to find a cure or treatment for our kids before it is too late ! Thank you for your support !

Update: 6/1/14 ~ Need your help ! In order for Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein VWM research to proceed much faster, she needs help in her lab. If we can raise about $ 70,000, she will be able to acquire Ph.D. student and a Post-doc. .

We are in race against time.......the clock is ticking.

Please join Lilly's Mission to Find a Cure for VWM  (https://www.facebook.com/Lillysjourneytofindacureforvwm) ~ make a donation via check to AFTAU
9715 Woods Drive, #1608
Skokie, IL 60077
Attn: Rick Kruger/Orna VWM research

or online: http://www.crowdrise.com/findacureforvwm

Find a Cure for VWM (https://www.facebook.com/findacureforvwm) is within our reach !

Please share this link  with your friends and family - http://www.crowdrise.com/findacureforvwm  <3

Thank you for your help and support ! Donate now and save a child's life !

Update: 4/15/14~ anonymous donor offered to make a matching donation up to $5,000.00. What this means is your donation is doubled for every $1 you give ~ it will actually be $2 from today until the fundraiser hits $ 5,420.00 !

What is VWM ?

Vanishing White Matter Disease (VWM) is a rare and degenerative brain disease belonging to a group of conditions called the Leukodystrophies. VWM Disease causes the deterioration of the central nervous systems' white matter. There is currently no cure or treatment for this awful illness. As VWM is so rare, there is minimal funding available to continue researching a cure. The average life expectancy of VWM patients is 5-10 years from onset of the disease.

I was once unaware about VWM. I never heard of the disease and did the thought of it ever affecting my life never even cross my mind. But then in 2009, my niece was diagnosed with VWM Leukodystrophy, and ever since that moment I’ve been searching the web like crazy, day and night, trying to help my sister save her daughter. I can still remember clearly the day my sister told me about the MRI results, and how they showed signs of Leukodystrophy. I was devastated, and the more I read about Leukodystrophy the more horrified I would get. My heart sank when in one article I read stated, “These disorders are progressive, meaning that they tend to get worse throughout the life of the patient”.

While there is research currently being conducted, there are no treatment options available for VWM disease. Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein from Tel-Aviv University is one of the few researchers in the world studying VWM disease. She is focused on research surrounding VWM disease and finding a cure for VWM. The process of finding a cure is very tedious and expensive, and consists of several phases. Scientific research is like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. It takes months and sometimes years. Currently however, there is no major funding dedicated to VWM research. Without funding there is no hope for a cure, which is why I’ve decided to stop waiting for an answer and put matters into my own hands. I can’t be a scientist finding a cure, so this is what I have to do, raise the money to fund the science. It’s what we all have to do. We don’t have a choice! We’re doing this not just for my niece, but for all kids with VWM. We’re at war with this disease.

My dream is that science and research makes VWM a condition people can live with. I want everyone with VWM to have the ability to live a full, meaningful life. That would be a gift!

They say " money can't buy you happiness" but when it comes to research money can help Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein to Find a Cure for VWM ! ....~ "The more money is restricted to VWM research.... the more projects researchers can run. Money allocated to VWM will keep Prof. Orna Elory-Stein working towards finding a cure and it will minimize her stress to find research funding. Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein is determine to find a cure for VWM and donations, through the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU), are vital to ensuring VWM research can continue. This is because grants do not cover the full costs of research, especially the purchase of equipment vital to VWM research.

Thank you for reading this post, spreading Leukodystrophy awareness ad being a citizen scientist !

Without your support Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein and her team would not be able to do their work. Every gift makes a difference. Thank you!

 Funds + Research = Find a Cure for VWM = HOPE!

Checks can also be sent to AFTAU:

9715 Woods Drive, #1608
Skokie, IL 60077

Attn: Rick Kruger/Orna VWM research

To spread awareness see: https://www.facebook.com/findacureforvwm

and see this link : http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=21752529

 

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$172

MONEY RAISED
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  • Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

    $20

  • Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

    $22

  • Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

    $80

  • Anonymous

    $50

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $112,455 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Find a Cure for VWM Leukodystrophy

Amount Raised

$69,711

 

14% Raised of $500,000 Goal

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Bethany Jones

Amount Raised

$13,916

 

278% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Rachel Schonbachler

Amount Raised

$10,560

 

1056% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Erika Mealhow-Havlik

Amount Raised

$8,860

Fundraiser Title

Sam vs VWM

Amount Raised

$3,761

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Alexis Conrad

Amount Raised

$3,275

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Angel Gallegos

Amount Raised

$1,110

Fundraiser Title

Sweet and Spunky Savannah

Amount Raised

$575

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

For Savannah 4 years ago

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

DONATION: $80

3rd instalment 4 years ago

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

DONATION: $22

2nd instalment 4 years ago

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

Vanishing white matter disease and other forms of leukodystrophy

DONATION: $20

As to my word I'm donating the number of likes on my page this month so I'm starting now to make it affordable for myself here is the first instalment 4 years ago