ASSIST Michelle Get Stem Cell Transplant

My name is Michelle Tyson and I would like to first thank you for your consideration towards making a donation to my cause.

I have a debilitating illness called systemic sclerosis which was diagnosed in 2011. Also known as Scleroderma, this disease creates an over production of collagen in the body, scarring all connective tissue in the process. They couldn't tell me definitively what triggered this response in my immune system, and just like the cause, the cure is also unknown. Most devastating was the news that the life expectancy for someone with this illness is 5 to 10 years.

Since my diagnosis, my quality of life has slowly but progressively diminished. Initially, my skin was very hard, thick and tight around my hands and my joints ached constantly. Within a year, my connective tissue hardened all over my body limiting the range of motion in every major joint and I had almost no flexibility. By the end of the first year, the scarring spread to my internal organs affecting my esophagus, blood vessels, and lungs. I have been on numerous medications used to treat as many symptoms as possible. 

This illness has been life changing. However, despite adversity my Faith has remained strong and I have never lost hope in finding a cure. This July, my mother and I are heading to Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 2 months. I am participating in Dr. Burt's Stem Cell Transplant Therapy in hopes of conquering this disease. I am very optimistic about the outcome but I have to get there first and that's where you come in...

The funds you choose to donate today will contribute towards transportation and housing for my mother and I while in Chicago. Your donations will also be used towards any medical expenses I may incur during my treatment. 

My Family and I Thank You so very much for your time and donations. You are quite literally helping to save my life...


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Michelle Ariza 
Andersons Corner, VA
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