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Josephine Mihalopoulos' Fundraiser:

MIHALO FOR NMO

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Josephine Mihalopoulos

THE STORY:

In March 2007, I began feeling tired and achy. I was a 50 year old woman, who was employed full-time, worked out 3 times a week and managed a household with three children in college. My right side felt numb and cold. My left arm felt like it should be black & blue and was so painful. My neck bothered me a lot. It was also hard to sleep at night because I had to wake myself up in order to change positions during the night.

Within a month, I was unable to walk on my own and had emergency neck surgery to remove a tumor on my spine. During my stay at a rehab hospital, I was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO). As I continued my outpatient therapy, I went back to work 10-15 hours per week and walked with a cane
as well as an AFO for my left leg. Since that diagnosis of NMO, I’ve had two more attacks as well as being diagnosed with lupus. I am no longer employed and became dependent on my husband as my primary caregiver.
It has been an upward battle in terms of dealing with insurance companies, medical facilities, doctors and therapists. I cannot stress the fact that we must be our own medical advocate 24/7.

In conclusion, I have to say that I would not be where I am today if it was not for the unquestionable and selfless care that I have received from my husband. I don't believe that any doctor, medicine, treatment or therapy comes close to the positive effect that his care had provided me. Unfortunately, the love of my life passed away in March, 2014 and I am now on my own. My children have been very supportive as well, but they are starting out on their own and shouldn’t have to be taking care of their mother. It’s been very hard accepting that role reversal.
I hope this Walk will help in raising both funds and awareness for the Transverse Myelitis Association.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,620

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tim Saccomanno

    $100

  • Susan Stancampiano

    $20

  • In Memory of John Mihalopoulos

    $250

  • Jen Crowe

    $50

  • Allen Lund Company

    $1,000

  • Nick and Christine DePilla

    $250

  • Britt Moore

    $25

  • Heather K. Hudson

    $25

  • Debbie &Gene;

    $25

  • Jen Chiaramonti

    $75

  • Tina Lastovich

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • John and Lisa Gargaro

    $50

  • Frank and Robin

    $200

  • gerald &christine; saccomanno

    $150

  • Sal Saccomanno

    $25

  • Cathy Benavente

    $50

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105% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $2,620 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Josephine Mihalopoulos

Amount Raised

$2,620

 

105% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Christine DePilla

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Meghan Quigley

Amount Raised

$0

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C Rosenberg

Amount Raised

$0

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Tina Lastovich

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Cathy Benavente

Cathy Benavente

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Sal Saccomanno

Sal Saccomanno

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

gerald &christine; saccomanno

gerald &christine; saccomanno

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Frank and Robin

Frank and Robin

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

John and Lisa Gargaro

John and Lisa Gargaro

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

In Memory of John Mihalopoulos 2 years ago

Tina Lastovich

Tina Lastovich

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jen Chiaramonti

Jen Chiaramonti

DONATION: $75

2 years ago

Debbie &Gene;

Debbie &Gene;

DONATION: $25

3 years ago