Send Robyn to the Cleveland Clinic

My name is Robyn.  I am a typical wife and mother of three girls.  I have been married for 14 years and I love my family more than I can explain. 

Up until a few years ago I was working full-time in a career with the state helping people obtain eligibility for Medicaid and Food programs they desprately needed.  Before that, I spent 8 years at a Non-profit company helping adults and children with disabilities.  Unfortunately, an Autoimmune disorder has taken my abiltiy to work away from me.  I am now on full disability due to the affects of the disorder.  I am currently struggling with Ostio-Arthritis, severe Plaque Psoriosis, chronic blood, skin, lung, and kidney infections, Fibromyalgia, and a blood disorder.  This Autoimmune disorder is genetic.  Before this, I was a normal helathy adult.  Now, at 37, I must use a cane or wheelchair depending on the length of travel.  I am on many medicitations with many difficult side-affects.  I can no longer function normally.  My inflamation and other blood counts have risen to very dangerous levels in the last six months.  My Doctors fear that these levels could cause further issues/damage.  Besides my primary Dr I have 5 other specialists working on different areas of issues the disorder is causing.  Right now, they are running into each other because where I live there are no Autoimmune specialists, only specialists who can treat each the ailments being caused by the disorder.  It has been suggested to me by one specialist that the Mayo Clinic would likely be a great opportunity to get expert advice and cutting edge treatment.  My insurance will cover the medical costs which is wonderful, but to travel there, it means and 8 hour drive or a flight.  Also, the testing and assessment can take up to 7 days or more so lodging is a factor, and me and the family members who join me haven't eaten yet.  I have researched hotels, and figured gas and food costs, this is how I determined the goal for this fundraiser.  I really don't like asking for help, but I would appreciate any thing that could help me get there so that I have a chance at recovery.  I love my family and am willing to fight as hard as I can to stay with them.


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Robyn Williams 
Lafayette, IN
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