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Raquel Mickalich's Fundraiser:

Scoliosis Fundraiser (Personal)

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Raquel Mickalich

THE STORY:

My daughter Nikki , 17 years old, has severe progressive idiopathic scoliosis (S-shaped of her thoracic spine), which was diagnosed at 16. She currently has a 47 degree curvature and I am told by her physician that it will progress to 70 degrees. At 16 years old her curvature was 37, so it has progressed by 10 degrees within a year. She is not a candidate for a back brace being that it was discovered too late and her only option is spine surgery with insertion of rods. It is recommended that she have this done within the year and no more than two years, due to the type of scoliosis. Insurance will cover a portion of the costs, which I am grateful for, but it still leaves me with a large debt. The procedure itself cost approximately $75,000 and does not include the hospital stay (3-7 days), travel costs (airfare from Michigan to Chicago roundtrip approximately $285 per person), follow-ups etc. In the last years, I have put my home up for sale through a realtor and I am not sure what else to do, besides cashing in the little bit I have in my retirement fund. Nikki will be graduating June of 2014 and I would like her to graduate without any worries as all parent(s) want for their children. Any help would be appreciated.

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