Help with medical treatment

My name is Tanya and I am 42 years old. I had my first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS) when I was 23. It was terrifying. I suffer about 2 or 3 relapses a year. Each relapse causes more permanent damage. My multiple sclerosis has affected my entire right side. And my biggest problem is my leg. I can no longer walk without assistive devices like my Walker or my wheelchair . My neurologist got in contact to tell me about a new RRMS (relapsing-remitting MS) drug which was only in its trial stage, Lemtrada. The treatment was finally approved by the FDA in November of 2014. I of course signed up to get the treatment. The success rate of this medication stopping my Ms in its tracks it was very successful. So I started the chemo-type treatment in May 2015 and I am repeating it again right now. The medication has helped so much that I have not had a relapse since May of last year and after my MRI it shows that the MS has not progressed. It has helped stop my MS where it is. This is great news and I am very excited. However the medication cost over $500,000 for the five-year span. Thankfully my health insurance is covering most of the bill. I was notified that I do have a co-payment $10,057. This is small in comparison to the overall cost but huge for me because I do only have a fixed income.

From the bottom of my heart I am asking for help to try to help me raise this money so that if I need for the future more treatments they will give them to me. This is not one of those bills you can ignore it must be paid. If you can find it in your heart to make a donation to help me with this cost I would greatly appreciate it. I thank you very much for reading about my story and God bless you.


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Tanya Castello 
Emmaus, PA
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