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Improve Quality of Life of Diabetic

$100 of $35k goal

Raised by 3 people in 25 months
Karyn Michelle Wofford   JACKSON, GA
29.1 million of Americans have diabetes, a large portion being type 1 diabetes, an unpreventable autoimmune disease. Diabetes costs 245 billion U.S. dollars yearly. Hundreds of thousands of death certificates list diabetes as the cause of death.
 
Karyn Wofford is a type 1 diabetic. Her 15 year experience with diabtetes has been a rough one.  As a teen, she was in and out of the hospital with DKA, a life threatening diabetic condition. 

Now, she is a wellness specialist, EMT and wellness writer who not only fights for the health of others, but for her own.  Despite an extremely healthy and organic lifestyle, Karyn is beginning to see complications, at the young age of 26. She shows signs of neuropathy as well as protein in her urine which indicates future kidney failure.

In addition, her medications make her sick on a regular basis and she spends the majority of nights vomiting and sleeping on the bathroom floor. Bruises cover her body from injection sites and blood sugar sensor locations. Despite fighting for tight blood sugar control her levels inevitably fluctuate causing her to experience dehydration and migraines regularly. 

Karyn and her husband have been married for 5 years, and have been swallowed by the financial responsibility of dealing with the disease. They can't begin to even think about children as Karyn refuses to endanger a child by carrying one in her condition. 

For years they have searched with her doctor, Dr. Bobby Khan of Atlanta,  for innovative procedures that would improve her condition and prevent complications. They have found the most promising care is overseas. First they were looking into procedure in Korea but decided that the location would be dangerous. It was also very pricey.

Switzerland offers stem cell procedures that use cells from the patients own body. The procedure would greatly improve her quality of life and has the ability to completely reverse complications. There is a chance she may not need insulin or other damaging medications after the treatment. 

Karyn says she just wants to wake up in  the morning and feel good. " I am tired of hurting. I have had diabetes for so long I have learned to function and look like I feel okay, but every day I am scared, I feel like I have been hit by a train when my sugar goes up to 300 or 400. It is exhausting".

She goes on to say that she will be documenting her experience so others can see first hand how the procedure works. The Switzerland clinic has been very open and accepting of the documentary. Karyn want diabetics to know there are alternatives and hopes to bring that knowledge to every type 1 diabetic in the world.

Please help us raise the money for this procedure and travel expenses. Karyn and her husband will need to cover accommodations and flights for two trips to the country. The amount needing to be raised also covers the procedure. 

"This is for me, but it is also for every other person suffering from a disease. Mesenchymal Autologous stem cells, or stem cells that come from your own body show so much promise in not only soothing many chronic illnesses, but in curing them."

Karyn wants to live a long life and right now that is in jeopardy.  We are so grateful for any donation.

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Update 7
7 months ago

After a span of kind of losing hope, we are back to trying to raise funds for this procedure. The procedure location is now in Switzerland, as it is safer and cheaper. Our doctor has given the thumbs up on the clinics reputability. :) your donations or even your sharing this post means so much.
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Update 6
23 months ago
So we are trying to change our game plan with raising money for this treatment. Our goal is to now create a documentary that will benefit everyone who has been affected by any illness. If used responsibly and derived from the right sources, stem cell treatments could change everything. Help us make this documentary and show the world this potentially groundbreaking cure, for nearly everything. We are at 100.00 and have quite a hill to climb, but every share and every dollar is just that much closer.
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Update 5
23 months ago
The fundraising amount has been changed, as we are looking to bring two crew members along to provide a more professional documentary.
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Update 4
24 months ago
Thank you to Joy Church for your donation via mail :)
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$100 of $35k goal

Raised by 3 people in 25 months
Created July 9, 2014
Karyn Michelle Wofford  
  Medical   JACKSON, GA
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Tim Yasinski
24 months ago
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24 months ago

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