Emily Walton, Mariah's oldest sister here.
Mariah was born with a hole in her heart, it was never treated because our parents wouldn't let her go to the doctor. So for many years she lived on only about 60% of the oxygen that she needed, while severe pulmonary hypertension ruined her lungs. She found out what was wrong after she turned 18 and several of us sisters started taking care of her. Right now she's on medicine to help her get enough oxygen, but someday the medicines will stop working and she'll need a lung transplant, and maybe a heart transplant. You can read more about her story here.
When Mariah was on life support during the summer of 2014, I promised myself that if she lived I would do ANYTHING for another chance to make things good for her. And when she was recovering my attitude was like "Ok! What do we need to do to fix this and make it better!" But her doctors explained (patiently, many times) that there just wasn't a way to 'fix' it. Every solution had a worse downside.
So they told us to just go home and have a good time with Mariah while we still could.
So in the spirit of having a good time while we still can, Eliza (sister #6) and I want to take Mariah to Paris for her birthday next month (May 25th) and we need help from our friends to fund it. We've raised some money from her doctors and we can put some of our own in but we still need help. We want to do this trip now because she could need a transplant at any time, and lung transplants are really risky.
We will use the money to fly to Paris, stay in a hotel, take a taxi around (Mariah can't walk a lot so we have to be careful and not wear her out) we'll eat good food and see museums and do all of the Paris things with her. We promise to be somewhat frugal. But come on, it's Paris.
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