The Battle for Savannah and Seattle.

Raised: $13,735.00
Goal: $20,000.00

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Leah Cairns

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Meet two little super hero girls who have never met one another yet share so much in common. Shortly after their first birthdays both Savannah and Seattle were diagnosed with rare, in... more


Updated posted by Leah Cairns 2 months ago

Savannah and Seattle update

Our wee warriors are having a difficult time at the moment.

Savannah has been having trouble with mucus in her lungs for months now. She often suffers from bronchitis but this last bout has everyone quite concerned. Despite her doctors’ best efforts, nothing seems to be working. She's tried three different oral antibiotics but none of them helped. She is going to try an inhaled antibiotic next. If she doesn't improve soon she will need to be hospitalized.

Seattle recently visited The Shriners Hospital in Portland and although she received the great news that her surgeries may be able to be postponed until she is 8, she also found out that her scoliosis has progressed at an alarmingly rapid rate; the curve in her spine went up 7% in less than 6 months! Also, her doctors told her parents that when Seattle walks it feels as though she is walking through chest high water. And the new leg braces she requires will make it feel as though she is walking through chest high water while wearing ski boots. Most worrisome is the untreatable pain Seattle is now experiencing. She has been waking up screaming in pain but nobody knows how to help her.

Please keep our little warriors in your hearts, minds and prayers while they battle their way back to good health.



Updated posted by Leah Cairns 3 months ago

Hi there!

Thank you so much for donating to The Battle For Savannah And Seattle! We all appreciate your help so much!

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Please remember that no donation is too small. We've had 8,381 visits to this page. If every visitor donated just $1.00 we would reach our goal in no time.

Happy New Year!!!


Updated posted by Leah Cairns 3 months ago

Happy New Year everyone from Savannah and Seattle!


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Created by Leah Cairns on November 20, 2013

Meet two little super hero girls who have never met one another yet share so much in common.

Shortly after their first birthdays both Savannah and Seattle were diagnosed with rare, incurable, life threatening disorders, Savannah with Mitochondrial Disease and Seattle with Transverse Myelitis.

They both spent a long, terrifying time in Intensive Care and their prognoses were dire. If they survived at all, it was doubtful they would ever be able to talk, walk or function on their own.

But both of these girls are fighters with fierce, unstoppable determination and with the love and faithfulness of their families they both beat the odds and slowly started to recover.

Despite being told they would never walk or speak again they proved their doctors wrong. Seattle's incessant chant of "I walk, I walk, I walk, I walk" eventually became a reality. And Savannah's running commentary of her day, as well as the daily shenanigans of her imaginary friends, was music to her parents' ears.

Both girls are now 5 years old. They radiate joy and inspire all that get to know them. But their fight is FAR from over. And they need your help.

Mitochondrial disease is a debilitating medical condition most people have never heard of, but one that can dramatically shorten a child's life.

Mito reeks all sorts of havoc with Savannah's system. Amongst other things, she suffers from chronic bronchitis and fatigue. She uses oxygen at night while she sleeps, which has proven incredibly beneficial, but her doctors would like her to use portable oxygen tanks during the day. They believe this could help increase her energy level.

The tiny O2 tanks come with a hefty price tag. She needs $2000.00 dollars just to get started. Then the tanks will need to be filled regularly.

Seattle, desperately needs a new wheelchair.

After becoming paralyzed within a few hours of falling ill, its incredible that she is now able to walk. But walk she does! She dances whenever possible and even RAN in a charity event at her school a few months ago. But despite her best efforts sometimes she needs a little help. Her school is on a hill and she just can't make the steep climb on her own. She has a wheelchair but she's a growing girl and requires a new one that will better suit her specific needs. A new chair is going to cost at least $4000.00 and eventually she will grow out of it and need another one.

In addition to the wheelchair Seattle needs funds for therapies. So little is known about Transverse Myelitis that no one knows how to fully treat her. What we do know is that this little warrior is in for a lifetime of surgeries on her legs, feet and most likely her spine as well.

Please donate and help Savannah breathe a little easier and fight off deadly infections and help Seattle get the mobility she so desperately wants and the therapies she desperately needs. Please help us give these warrior Supergirls the future they deserve.


An inspiring video of Seattle DANCING to Pink 's song Try!

And some fabulous photos of Savannah dressed up as her favorite female tv heroines. Warning- Battlestar Galactica/Mary McDonnell fans prepare yourselves for the cuteness overload.


To learn more about Savannah, Mitochondrial Disease, her brother's battle with brain cancer and her family's daily adventures please like her facebook page or follow her mom on Twitter:


Twitter: @Saving_Savannah

For more info on Transverse Myelitis, or to follow Seattle's daily adventures and to track her progress with her upcoming surgeries please like her Facebook page or follow her mom on Twitter:


Twitter: @Seattlesmama

I also encourage you to read this beautiful article written by Seattle's mother -

* all donations will be split 50/50 between Savannah and Seattle. Our goal is $10,000 for each Supergal.


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Recent Donations (244)

$13,735 raised by 244 people in 4 months.


Lacey Harrison and others

1 month ago


This money was raised by a group of students at Middlesbrough College for the girls. We also donated the same amount to a Mito charity called The Lily Foundation. Best wishes to both girls



Danielle Jarvis

1 month ago


Keep fighting girls. Sending warm wishes.



Jamie Current

1 month ago



Kelly H

1 month ago


God bless you beautiful warriors.



Lauren Shear

1 month ago



Gabrielle Grande

1 month ago


You girls are a beautiful inspiration for us all! May your souls stand strong through anything you face in your lives. You will both stay in my prayers and my two son's prayers each night!



Laura Shantz

1 month ago



Susan Mills

1 month ago



Manny Kang

1 month ago


May you achieve all your goals. We are rooting for your success!



daniel Kirkby

1 month ago


Frankie G Kirkby - go to click on light a candle in memory of, scroll down to Frankie Gordie Kirkby, our precious grandson we lost 24 days after his first birthday to mitochondria depletion disease. Our thoughts and hopes are with Savannah & Seattle and all their family. love and hugs Grampa & Grama Kirkby


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