Alexa is my 22-year-old cousin, who was unfortunately diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of both sides of one section of the spinal cord. This neurological disorder often damages the insulating material covering nerve cell fibers (myelin).
In Alexa's case she became paralyzed and was not able to walk 2 weeks after her 21st birthday, last October 2016. This vibrant, energetic soul is fighting this rare battle that most of us will never understand! She was attending her 2nd year in college and working full time, at a famous clothing store on 5th Avenue!! Life was going in the right direction for this 21-year-old. It was a Friday, her day off, she was getting ready to pick up her check and run errands. Suddenly, she fell to the floor and could not move her legs, arms or torso!! 911 was called, Alexa was admitted to the hospital, she has remained immobile since that day. Alexa could no longer walk, move her legs, her arms, toes or fingers. Her life dramitacally changed in a matter of seconds. This young person full of life with no medical conditions, suddenly was faced with this illness. Throughout this past year she has been transferred to some of the best hospitals and rehabilitation centers here in NYC and insurance has ran to its max, with limited therapy sessions. She has been fighting this rare disease, since that fateful day.
Her mother, Maria has left her job to fully care for her and assist her in all needs. Maria, her husband Yeral, along with their 11-year-old son Franciel, have alternated their life to assist Alexa in every possible way. Alexa has been living at home for a few months now with a hospital bed and a wheelchair after living in the hospital for many long agonizing months, receiving nothing but short answers yet, the best care. Again, Alexa continues to receive therapy, but it is not enough, as insurance company only covers so much. Upon her own research to find other avenues of assistance to walk again, she has found Project Walk, a place where there is advanced technology and resources that are not available in nearby NYC hospitals. Project Walk is cash based or financial assistance via some non-profit organizations.
Whilst, I say this vibrant, young woman doesn't stop, she has started her own baking business from her home!! She has had a love for baking and cooking since we can all remember, always making the family delicious cakes, treats and appetizers!!
We started this gofundme on her behalf to help take care of some expenses and specifically initiate the services of Project Walk Rehab center which is a 2-hour drive from her home!! Alexa is determined to walk again...with the help of family, friends as well as random caring individuals who can relate to this life changing event, it will be possible. Contributions will most certainly be appreciated and will go a very long way so that these funds can help Alexa move forward on this long journey! Please help share with others and thank you for your interest!
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