AUDREY'S MITOCHONDRIAL FIGHT FUND!

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This little sweetie pie is our 22-month-old granddaughter, Audrey Price.  Last April while on a family trip Audrey became very ill with flu-like symptoms requiring her parents, our daughter Sarah and son-in-law Fred, to bring her to a local hospital where she was admitted for several days.  Upon returning home she was taken to CDH Laurie's Children's Hospital Emergency Care where she was admitted. During an extensive stay in the hospital, Audrey endured a CAT scan, two spinal taps, multiple MRIs, comprehensive DNA testing and had a central line placed with blood taken every 6 hours to monitor her health. We owe much gratitude to the dedicated staff at the hospital for Audrey's care.

Two months later the DNA test results were a devastating blow.  It was then determined that Audrey has a mitochondrial mutation - specifically MT-ND6, referred to as Leigh's Syndrome. Symptoms of Leigh's can include the loss of basic skills such as head control, walking and talking. These may be accompanied by other problems such as irritability, loss of appetite, vomiting and seizures. Eventually, the child may also have heart, kidney, vision, and breathing complications. The prognosis for Leigh’s Disease is poor and individuals typically live anywhere from a few years to the mid-teens.

This very rare, degenerative disease is denying Audrey a normal childhood and our granddaughter has already become delayed in her physical abilities and has even moved backward from where she was just a few months ago.  At this time Audrey is unable to speak and can no longer sit on her own, feed herself, stand or crawl like she once was able to do.  She now spends a large part of her days either in her parents' arms or lying in her stroller. After four trips to the ER due to dehydration and high lactic acidosis Audrey had surgery to place a feeding tube to help her sustain a normal feeding pattern. The hope now is that she will be able to maintain sufficient calories and hydration.

Because mitochondrial diseases affect only about 1% of young children research is not common and there are only about 20 mitochondrial specialists in the US. We have traveled to Ohio to enlist a specialist for Audrey and are hopeful that under his care and treatment her health will improve.

Our daughter and son-in-law have been doing everything within their power to see to it that their darling daughter has the very best loving care that they can provide. But although they have exhibited strength and courage it is very difficult for this young family to face something so extreme and unexpected. The emotional and financial strain has become enormous.

Along with very generous contributions to The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to work towards a cure, many friends, family and neighbors have expressed a desire to help Audrey directly - in order to provide support for her ever piling up medical expenses and for her very costly Mitochondrial supplements. These supplements can make a big difference in the quality of her life but as of this time they are not covered by health insurance.  This gofundme account has been established so that people who are supporters and real life cheerleaders of Audrey may donate and help this struggling family in their time of need.  All funds donated to this account will go directly towards Audrey's medicine and care.

On behalf of Audrey and her parents, we thank you for your good wishes and for your generosity. Hopefully a cure will be found for this terrible disease. Thank you!!

Linda and Ken Przybylski


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Thank you for your past support- look at her today and see how much she has benefited from your love and generosity.
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Audrey attended her first week of preschool and there were no tears, only smiles and new friends!
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Today is the last day of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week.

We've come along way in a year. From Audrey's first hospitalization last April, her diagnosis in July, her gtube surgery in August and countless hours in the ER, at doctors, specialists and in therapy. Here is hoping to an uneventful, healthy year ahead and of course a cure! Please keep spreading awareness for Mitochondrial disease anytime you can. With increase awareness, funding and research we are one step closer to a cure.
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Sarah Price
45 months ago

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all of your support! Thank you EVERYONE for your very generous and greatly appreciated donations!! Love~ Audrey, Sarah and Fred

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Created September 2, 2015
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TK
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TK
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Sarah Price
45 months ago

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all of your support! Thank you EVERYONE for your very generous and greatly appreciated donations!! Love~ Audrey, Sarah and Fred

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