Marco Del Frate via Crowdrise
February 17, 2011
BENEFITING: COTA CHILDRENS ORGAN TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION INC
In the fall of 2008, Jessica Ann Bucher (born August 7, 1996) was diagnosed with Sandhoff's Disease, a genetic autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of two important enzymes resulting in the accumulation of certain fats and sugars in the neurons of the brain. This accumulation causes the neurons to die off and leads to the deterioration of the central nervous system. This is a life threatening disease.
Approximately 20 new cases of Sandoff's Disease are diagnosed per year in the United States. The family's only hope to save Jessica's life was an experimental clinical trial Stem Cell transplant, recommended by doctors at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, one of the only places in the nation if not the world that is able to successfully perform this type of procedure. Jessica's parents, Adam and Cindy, had to pick up and move to North Carolina with little to no preparation.
Jessica's initial transplant was completed in January 2009 with three more years of follow-up care after her return home to California in August 2009.
As you can imagine, your help is desperately needed. Please donate here with Running for Jessica. Thank you