Lauryn's Cure

$19,801 of $25k goal

Raised by 230 people in 1 month
Brittney Alexander
on behalf of Lauren Matz
 ASHBURN, VA
As many of you know, my good friend Lauryn Matz was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2007. Aplastic anemia is a condition in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce enough new cells (white blood cells to fight infection, red blood cells to carry oxygen, and platelets to control bleeding).
It has been a long road since then, with ATG treatments, hospitalizations and the constant worry of the next time she'd get sick. In 2013, she relapsed. Again, she underwent ATG treatment. Two months ago, on Christmas Eve, Lauryn was admitted to Fairfax Hospital for a severely low blood count. This time she was told a bone marrow transplant would be needed to cure her disease. Unfortunately, Lauryn has been out of commission since then and has been hospitalized for weeks at a time.
Lauryn has finally made the extremely hard decision to go forward with the bone marrow transplant. In a few weeks, she will be packing her bags and moving to Baltimore to be near Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she will be receiving her transplant on March 22. The process is a long one. Currently, Lauryn is waiting to see if either of her sisters is a half-match; if not, she will be entered in a national transplant registry. Before the transplant, she will be hospitalized to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Then, for the next 2 months, she will visit the hospital for many hours each day to receive transfusions and to be observed for complications.
It has been an extremely stressful journey for the Matz family. The financial costs are huge, and Lauryn won’t be able to return to work until 5 months after completing her treatment and she already misses her precious babies at the NICU in Fairfax Hospital where she works. Her 70-day stay in Baltimore is going to cost her a great sum. In addition, Lauryn's mom will be taking care of her throughout this entire process around the clock. So, she also will be out of work during that long period of time. So, I had the idea of asking our tight-knit community to help ease the burden, but it took a village to convince her to let us do anything like this. Lauryn doesn’t like attention or asking for help. The money raised will go toward housing, transportation, and medical bills. We would really appreciate any assistance you can give, no matter how small! Thank you everyone!
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Update 2
Posted by Brittney Alexander
26 days ago
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Great news, everyone! We found out that Lauryn's older sister, Kristyn Camacho, will be her donor! She will begin her own journey to Baltimore tomorrow, where she will undergo five hours of testing. Kristyn's husband and their four children will also be affected by this selfless act. With her husband by her side, she will be in Baltimore for a total of three days and miss a week of work. Lauryn's younger sister, Allyson Matz, will be coming all the way from Colorado to take care of Kristyn's four children. The amount of sleep, energy, and money that Lauryn's family has sacrificed at this time is massive, but they all have just one thing on their mind—for their sister/daughter/aunt/cousin to get better. Lauryn is still receiving treatment at Hopkins and has been battling pneumonia which has resulted in a high fever. We're unsure as of right now if her scheduled procedures will remain as is or be pushed up/back. Please keep the entire Matz family in your prayers.

Thank You
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Update 1
Posted by Brittney Alexander
1 month ago
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Lauryn unfortunately got pneumonia so she's being transferred to Hopkins today! Prayers
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Ej Simon
21 days ago

Please help me out with my project. Thank you very much

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$19,801 of $25k goal

Raised by 230 people in 1 month
Created February 23, 2017
Brittney Alexander  
on behalf of Lauren Matz
LS
$35
Laura Smith
6 days ago
LS
$50
Lauren Santagata
8 days ago

love you Lauryn! keep going strong! :)

AM
$20
Alli Manganello
11 days ago
CR
$100
Christy Ragan
11 days ago

Sending our thoughts and prayers! Love, Christy and Jon Ragan

MK
$100
Michelle Knorr
11 days ago

We are wishing you all the best! You are an angel! We love you so much! Love Michelle Leigh Knorr and family

JA
$200
Jacquelyn Anselmo
11 days ago

Thinking of you my brave, beautiful friend!!!! We are praying for a speedy recovery and sending ALL our LOVE from Charlotte to Baltimore!!! We Love you!!! ~ Jacque, Don & Camille

JM
$50
Julie M.
11 days ago

Love you, Lauryn!

CL
$500
Cindy Leigh
15 days ago

We love you❤️

SG
$50
Susan Godfrey
16 days ago

Wishing the entire family well. Hugs all around!

CY
$250
Carol Young
19 days ago
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Ej Simon
21 days ago

Please help me out with my project. Thank you very much

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