If you know Angel, you know she is a woman of many roles, a mother, perhaps your friend, occasional artist, enthusiastic cook, Prince fanatic & so much more. Out of all those things, she has always been a fighter, her entire life. It wasn't until 10 years ago though, that she finally started unravelling the truth about her health & the invisible battle she had been fighting.
After being diagnosed late in life with severe food allergies, she thought her problems were over. They got wose. Late summer of 2010 she was diagnosed with Duodenal Cancer & had surgery/radiation successfully that fall.
She returned to work, part time & tried to resume a normal life. For the next 3 years she fought to regain her health. In November 2013, she was completely blindsided by a very rare autoimmune disease, Goodpasture's Syndrome. Typically it destroys your kidneys, lungs, then finally your heart & then you die. Angel did stop breathing & was in a coma in ICU December 2013. She spent the following year in & out of UWMC. Receiving treatment - hemodialysis, plasmapheresis & chemotherapy. She is now Goodpasture's free, but as a result of it, she has End Stage Renal Disease.
She's dying without a kidney transplant.
Fast forward to now. She's on dialysis every other day. She doesn't complain, greets each day with a smile, humbly with gratitude. Unfortunately dialysis is very hard on you physically. She has complicated co-morbidity issues making it impossible to work. She, like many of us ,didn't plan on having cancer & now a terminal illness. She has lost everything that she owns, literally. Her home, her car, her savings, her storage unit - EVERYTHING. She has nothing - except for the will to live & her faith.
She has a transplant looming on the horizon. Angel's little sister is going to donate & hopefully within six months we will be sending her off for transplant!
BUT BEFORE THAT CAN HAPPEN, ANGEL DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR HELP. She has exhausted all her resources. She is a single mother, living with her son, in temporary housing.
She has to move. She has the means to afford the rent, it's all the deposit/ moving & furnishing funds. We created this fund to help ease some of the burden & raise it for her. The last requirement she has is to secure stable, sterile housing to come home to after transplant. She does not have that now. She can't move forward without it
We are asking humbly for your help, financially. If you are not able to donate, could you please share her story & encouorage others to donate? Even the smallest amount matters - we can't stress that enough because it all adds up to our ultimate goal, help Angel to live!
- Steve Baretich
- Dylan Spradlin
- Sidra Treall
- Carolyn Walker-Lovin