Help Sam Heal from Lyme

My name is Maggie Ostara, and I'm reaching out to our communities to ask for financial support for healing treatments for our daughter, Sam (aka Emma), so desperately needs now. It's not easy to ask -- and yet we must if we are to be able to get Sam the help she needs. 

Sam was a bright, funny, quirky kid excelling in school and always full of creative projects. She was on the local swim team, and loved to dance and sing. Now she spends most of her time in bed with extreme exhaustion, brain-on-fire, and crippling anxiety. At this point, her world has gotten very small with most of what she cares about having been “taken away” from her, as she says.

She’s been sick and misdiagnosed for several years, with flare ups so severe that she couldn’t go to school or do homework or even leave her bed.  

We now know that she has Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia (three co-infections of Lyme) plus toxic mold poisoning.

She is seriously sick!

These marks are the Bartonella "rash" that shows the bacteria in her skin, and her extra weight is from mold. Please help us get her the care she needs so that she can get back to being the bright spirit she truly is.

We’ve already invested over $15,000 in her care over the last couple of years, and now her expenses are increasing dramatically as we continue to explore what works (nothing has much yet). She has health insurance, but none of her doctors’ appointments, tests or treatments are covered (except for some of her prescriptions).  All of your donations will go to her treatments.

We so appreciate you giving today! We will send you updates as her healing journey unfolds. 

Additional Ways You Can Help
We will be having a fundraiser in Sebastopol on May 3rd with delicious food, dancing, and a silent auction. The event will be held at Wischemann Hall at 465 Morris Street, 6-10pm. 

Please come! We'll have fun and celebrate being together in community! (We can use some fun.)
And bring your $$$. ;-)

If you'd like to contribute services, experiences, wine, and/or valuable items ($50+) to the auction  then contact KimJoy Monsor at Please contact Susan Kistin at if you'd like to help on the day of the event or would like to run the raffle.  Reach out to me, Maggie, with anything else:

Donations (0)

  • Michael Gelbart 
    • $100 
    • 27 d
  • Sharon Weinberg 
    • $20 
    • 27 d
  • Sarah Alexander 
    • $50 
    • 27 d
  • Bob Engel 
    • $50 
    • 28 d
  • Susan Kistin 
    • $100 
    • 28 d


Maggie Sale Ostara 
Sebastopol, CA
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