Marie's story update via Detroit Free Press from 3/16/2014
Free Press Update
Marie Janus, a 23-year-old Monroe woman who had a liver transplant a year ago, is struggling and needs some help.
Marie is the mom of two small kids, and for no known reason, suddenly went into liver failure last year. She was lucky, and received a transplant at the University of Michigan Health System. The Free Press wrote about her in connection with a U-M campaign to add more people to the organ donor registry. Marie did well for a while after her transplant, but her sister, MeaChele Shumate, says Marie has been hospitalized for the last month. Doctors told Shumate that Marie will need a second liver transplant.
The family is caring for her kids, 1-year-old Willow and 3-year-old Spencer, and has established a fund to help cover the cost of Marie's medical expenses. Anyone who wishes to help can learn more online: www.gofundme.com/7alhqg.
To read her story, go to on.freep.com/1dSgPVj.
"It adds up quick," says Shumate. "With some of the medication she needs, the co-pay is astronomical."