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Help Mara Get Well!

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Raised by 36 people in 2 months
Created January 12, 2019
Hi everyone, I'm raising funds for my dear friend Danielle Graves and her daughter Mara Davis who is ill.

Mara is a Freshman at Vidor High School in Vidor, TX and was rushed to the hospital on January 9.  After having a few previous flare ups of an unknown cause that required urgent care trips, Mara was brought to the St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, TX where she received treatment, testing, and a blood transfusion. Due to the complexity of her illness and symptoms, doctors felt it best to send her to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX.

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At Texas Children's Mara is currently being tested so specialists can determine the cause of her symptoms.
She has undergone multiple blood transfusions and is receiving pain management due to swelling in her legs and feet. Mara most likely has an autoimmune disorder, probably Lupus, but it's still not certain at this time. 

Danielle is a hard-working, loving single mother to Mara and her son Kurt and has the kids full-time. On top of the obvious medical bills at both hospitals, Danielle is missing time at work and has to pay transportation and food costs on top of her normal household bills. Her parking bill alone is over $200. If the final diagnosis is Lupus (or another autoimmune disorder) there will be ongoing trips back and forth between Vidor and Houston, and recurring medical bills.


Please help support Danielle and Mara during this worrisome and stressful time by contributing. To help me get the word out, you can also share my link to your Facebook Timeline. Danielle is one of the kindest people you'll meet with a loving, giving heart. Please help me return the good in the world to help her. 

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Your help will be appreciated!!
Dawn Katz
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Mara goes back next week for her first follow up. She's slowly adjusting to her new normal but there's still symptoms of a flare up showing. She’s learning what foods she can eat and what she can’t, and adjusting to taking so many pills morning and night. She got to spend the night at Leah’s on Saturday because mom had to work early Sunday and enjoyed puppy snuggles and learning about new foods.
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Mara was able to go home tonight!! They had hoped she’d go home a day earlier but was coughing up bloody mucus and had to stay an extra day for IV antibiotics. She has a long road ahead, but having a true diagnosis and being at home are steps in the right direction! Mara has 9 pills in the morning and 4 in the evening, plus vitamins. Her first follow up appointment is in 2 - 3 weeks. Her prescriptions cost over $2,400 a month, so even though she’s out of the hospital, Danielle and she still need your help! Thank you everyone for all of your support (sharing/thoughts/donations)!!!
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Our girl is slowly starting to get a little better!! Results from Monday's kidney biopsy came in. Mara is at stage 3 kidney damage due to her lupus - the damage is rated on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being the worst. The doctors feel with the right medicines and diet she will eventually heal and at this time she does not need dialysis or a transplant. Doctors are still figuring out all the medicines but so far it's 7 and they'll probably add more. It will take many trips back and forth to Houston check her progress.
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Mara had a kidney biopsy yesterday. She did well through the surgery and results should be back tomorrow (Wednesday). Danielle keeps saying how amazing all of the nurses are! They were playing games with Mara before the biopsy to distract her and calm her anxiety!

As of yesterday, Mara finally has a diagnosis too - Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Lupus Nephritis. They'll find out how bad her kidneys are tomorrow and go from their. Right now doctors are estimating she'll be at the hospital through Friday. Thank you again for your continued support!
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Raised by 36 people in 2 months
Created January 12, 2019
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