Help Linda Beat Lyme and Cancer

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Raised by 130 people in 42 months
The love of my life – my wife, Linda Maniscalco - has been chronically ill with a complicated case of Diffuse Non-Hodgkins Large B cell Lymphoma along with Chronic Disseminated Lyme Disease .  We have two beautiful daughters – Gabby, age 10 and Katrina, age 16. These diseases have wreaked havoc on our whole family - physically, emotionally and financially.  The horrible symptoms and chemo have left Linda a mere shell of the mom and wife that she used to be.  I have had to make taking care of Linda and our daughters my priority and full-time job, draining our savings between the extraordinary medical expenses and daily living expenses.

Linda needs immediate treatment by specialists to prevent her health from deteriorating further and to help her stay alive. We need help for Linda’s medical bills that are not covered by insurance. 

We are so grateful for your prayers for Linda’s full recovery, blessings for our children and Linda and me, and for any support that you can give us.

Thank you, and may you be blessed with peace and good health.

Love,

Rocco Maniscalco
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Linda’s condition has worsened since the last update here. She is experiencing very serious and excruciating symptoms including badly deteriorating eyesight with attendant vomiting, significant difficulty walking without falling, Babisiosis which is a co-infection of Lyme Disease, and her spine and other systems are also majorly affected. Both of Linda’s daughters also have Lyme Disease.

The Maniscalcos have used up the money that was donated here more than 18 months ago and through a fundraiser by a local high school student 3 years ago. They cannot make their home or car payments let alone pay for desperately needed Lyme Disease Treatments.

In observance of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, please know that this is not atypical for someone to be misdiagnosed when they, in fact, have Lyme Disease, leading to serious bodily deterioration over time, affecting the body’s major symptoms. Many people, not just Linda, do not recognize that they have been bitten by a tick, and by the time symptoms appear, it is often too late and too expensive to be effectively treated.

Please check yourself and your children for ticks after being outdoors and PLEASE donate any amount that you can to help Linda. No amount is too small. If many, many people donate something, it will make a huge difference to Linda. Linda wants to be able to get well and then help others in the future the way people are helping her today.

Please donate any amount, keep Linda in your prayers, and share this page with everyone you know. You can be an angel by helping Linda! Thank you from the Maniscalco family!
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These donations and the proceeds from June's fundraiser, "Lehigh Valley Teens Got Talent, " have enabled Linda to get treatment up at the Stram Center in Albany, NY for the past 5 months. It is helping Linda, and she is feeling more optimistic now, too. However, she still needs Lyme treatments for at least a couple of years, probably more. Thank you to everyone who has donated! Please share this, and keep Linda and her family in your prayers. Wishing you all a healthful, safe, and peaceful 2017 filled with bliss.
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Linda had a medical consultation over the summer with Dr. Heidi Puc, a Lyme Literate Oncologist in upstate New York, who is confident that she can help Linda. Linda has been waiting to begin treatment until her family has enough money to be able to afford the several months of treatment that she needs. However, her health has been quickly deteriorating recently - especially her eyesight - so she cannot afford to wait any longer.

Linda is scheduled to begin treatment at the Stram Center in Delmar, New York on Monday, September 19 with Dr. Puc. The Maniscalcos have enough money for a month of treatment, but they will need approximately $6,000 per month to pay for medical costs plus additional living costs. It is hard to know exactly how many months of treatment Linda will need to get better at this point because the doctor cannot predict how Linda's body will respond. Almost all of this Chronic Lyme treatment is not covered by Linda’s Medicare Disability insurance. This lack of insurance coverage is a big issue for thousands of people who are experiencing symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease.

As Linda will have to have IV treatments on most days of the week, the family has to relocate to upstate New York for at least a couple of months - and it could be many more. Their oldest daughter will attend a local high school there, and their younger daughter will try to keep up with her school work with the help of her parents. A Ronald McDonald House near the Stram Center is able to take them in at no charge until a child with cancer needs the room; then, they will have to move to a small apartment nearby and pay rent.

It is stressful for them that they still do not have enough money to pay for the months of treatment that Linda needs and the attendant costs of living away from home. Friends are thinking of creative ways to raise money, like the teen talent show in June, which raised $8,000.

But more donations through this GoFundMe page help a lot, too. So, PLEASE DONATE any amount, and PLEASE SHARE. Thank you!
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Raised by 130 people in 42 months
Created December 16, 2015
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I know the family.

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Wishing you a full recovery!

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Hope this helps! Wishing the best for Linda - hope she gets through this trying time.

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