Katie's Lyme Disease Medical Fund

Katie Blanchard is a 26 year old graduate student who has always been full of life, signing up for every club/fundraiser and event there was. She has always enjoyed dancing, singing, taking photographs and being creative. Katie is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back, the last dollar in her wallet or go to extraordinary lengths to help those around her even if it was at great expense to herself.

Now, after battling Lyme disease for nearly 10 years, she is the one who needs help. For those who may not be aware, she was diagnosed in her senior year of high school after being misdiagnosed 15 times. Some doctors even said she was looking for attention or just plain crazy. Eventually, one amazing doctor was able to get to the root of the problem- the only problem now is...

there is no cure.
Katie has been on and off of oral medications ever since, having to take one to two year long absences from her college education. Now, in her third leave from Monmouth University, she has found a doctor who will not stop fighting until she does- which, if you know her, she's not one to give up easily. After several attempts to kill off the Lyme bacteria using the same pills and methods over and over, the doctor wants to bring out the "big guns".

For her, this means weekly IV treatments at $1,000 a pop needing a minimum of 10 treatments. This treatment requires a minimum of $10,000 to ensure a full round of medicine is administered- but there is no guarantee this will get it all at once. If she needs multiple treatments then her family will be looking at $20-$30 thousand dollars. Her insurance won't cover the cost of treatment. Every dollar spent on this debilitating nightmare is out of pocket.

The unfortunate reality for so many chronic patients is that they are forced to stop fighting because they run out of money. If the treatment isn't followed through to completion, the Lyme will just replicate and she will be back at square one. This is by no means a cure, but reports have shown improvement by 85-90%.

We don't want to give her 2 semi-ok years only to fall back and need to put her life on hold all over again. She can't drive, she can't walk without support, she has suffered many neurological deficits that make it impossible to attend classes and she can't hold a steady job. Most importantly, she can't afford to do this alone.

No matter the dollar amount, it will be a huge help on her very, very long road to remission. She has been robbed of the "best years of her life" and we would love nothing more than to give her the best possible years ahead.

**She refused to create this campaign herself on the notion that "other people on here need the money more and I will just deal with it"... well, Kate, you've been dealing with it for 10 years and it's time to get your life back. 

To find out more information about Lyme disease you can go to the following websites 

LymeDisease. Org
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