Help Michele Fight Lyme Disease

Twenty years ago my daughter, Michele Umbach, was a happy and healthy newlywed, finishing up her final year in nursing school.  Then the fatigue started, and one day she just couldn't get out of bed.  She had to drop out of school, and her dreams of becoming a nurse faded away along with her health.  After going to several doctors she was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  It took a few years, but she recovered enough to start a family and be a productive wife and mother to her two children.  But the Lyme was still there, inflicting permanent damage to her heart, brain and other organs.  

Michele managed somewhat for several years, but this insidious Lyme returned with a vengeance just over a year ago.  She became unable to walk, and is extremely sensitive to light and noise.  Worse still is the fatigue that causes her to sleep at least 18 hours a day.   Her children are devastated and miss their mom's participation in their lives.  Her husband struggles to do the work of two parents, and is on the verge of exhaustion.  

My daughter has undergone numerous expensive medical treatments and has been prescribed countless prescriptions which have proven fruitless.  Even worse, hardly any of this was covered by insurance!  But now we have hope. Michele has been accepted for a stem cell protocol which has proven very effective for Lyme patients.  The downside is the cost.  The two-week program is $25,000.  In addition to this is lodging, food and transportation which will amount to another $5,000.  We are doing our best to cover these costs, but we need help.

The situation is urgent - we must be in Los Angeles by September 10th to begin treatment, and it must be paid in full before we leave.  This is the last hope we have to help Michele regain at least some of her health.  Please consider a donation of any size, and be part of Michele's fight against Lyme.  Thank you so much.

Donations

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  • Richard Ricci 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Providence Baptist Church  
    • $2,700 (Offline)
    • 41 mos
  • Tara Lackey  
    • $75 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
  • John Cavallo 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Denise DeLisi Cafaro 
Organizer
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Michele Umbach 
Beneficiary
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