Stem Cell Transplant for Ingrid

Organized by: Marcus and Joyce Smith

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November 17, 2016

Hello all. Letting you know that I returned to Chicago this week for my six month follow up with Dr. Burt. He confirmed what I knew... Things See More

THE STORY:

Our mother Ingrid was diagnosed with Scleroderma/Systemic Sclerosis in 2011. Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Scleroderma affects each person differently and is very unpredictable. It has affected her skin-causing vitiligo, and her joints and muscles-causing her to be in constant, and at many times unbearable pain, not allowing her to have full use of her hands. It has also affected her lungs, esophagus, and her overall quality of life. See http://www.scleroderma.org for more information regarding scleroderma.

Since diagnosis, she has been determined to heal from this dis-ease. She has done many things-cried, prayed, availed herself to the services of alternative and allopathic doctors, visited an array of practitioners from acupuncturists to chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and energy healers. She has juiced, visited mineral springs, taken supplements, changed her diet, etc., and cried and prayed some more. Although she has seen improvements during moments over the years, the symptoms have often returned, worsened, or new ones have developed. In spite of all this, we're inspired by how she rarely complains, manages to maintain a positive attitude--most of the time ;-), joke, laugh, have fun and continue to live fully.

This past summer, after suffering with an extended bout of tremendous pain and burning in her arms, hips, and back, she was motivated to do more research on viable treatments. She came across a promising treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL--Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT). This groundbreaking transplant uses chemotherapy and her own stem cells to reboot her immune system and stop this dis-ease in it's tracks! Many patients have seen great results with this treatment. We are so excited about this and expect her to be able to experience similar results very soon! There are risks to consider. Yet, we're trusting that all will be well. This transplant offers her, us, and many others so much hope!

So, here we are...doing something that is not easy for us to do: We are asking for your support to help our mother get this transplant and ease the financial burden of this treatment. She has done any and everything to ensure that we had the best life as children and up until today does anything in her power to make sure that we still do. So we, in turn have the utmost desire to do the same for her. Although she has medical insurance, it is an expensive procedure that isn't fully covered. In addition to doctors, pharmaceutical, and hospital fees, there will be many additional expenses including but not limited to, travel expenses, temporary housing (she'll be in Chicago approximately 7 weeks), and post transplant followups.

This fundraising campaign has been established to help her and us pay for the expenses, get the transplant which will make a positive impact on her life and her health, allowing our mother to regain a pain free, and invigorating life. Please click the DONATE bar. All amounts no matter how big or small are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your generous support!

Sincerely, Marcus & Joyce Smith, on behalf of our loving mother

P.S. Don't forget to pray for us! And if you can't pray, or don't know how to pray, then please send lots of love and good thoughts our way.

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$12,131

 

121% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Betty Phillips

Betty Phillips

DONATION: $100

May God continue to strength you physically & mentally !! 2 years ago

Sheldon & Latisha Neblett

Sheldon & Latisha Neblett

3 years ago

Vickki Hill

Vickki Hill

DONATION: $50

Praying that your mom is delivered and healed from all sickness. "Heal me, o lord, and I shall be healed. Save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. " 3 years ago

Renona Riddle Brown

Renona Riddle Brown

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Lene

Lene

DONATION: $25

I pray that our Heavenly Father cast his healing hands on your mother. Amen! 3 years ago

Hanna & Jose

Hanna & Jose

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Dr Nancy Lane

Dr Nancy Lane

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Diana Christie

Diana Christie

Love you family! 3 years ago

Annette, DeAnna & Dana

Annette, DeAnna & Dana

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

K Clemons

K Clemons

Infinite gratitude and conciousness. 3 years ago

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