Help Amy Get To CA for Treatment!

$2,875 of $10k goal

Raised by 41 people in 28 days
Kelly Stepp Hayworth
on behalf of Amy Evers
 CUMMING, GA
Amy was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called interstitial cystitis (IC) in 2005. IC is a chronic and incurable disease of the bladder in which the bladder lining is covered in open, bleeding cuts and ulcers and force patients to urinate up to 60 times per day. Since being diagnosed in 2005, she has been battling this awful disease and has gone through every available treatment for her condition. This includes multiple surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and alternative treatments, all of which have failed.

In 2014, Amy underwent surgery to have the Interstim (pacemaker for the bladder) implanted to help regulate her trips to the bathroom. A couple months ago, the Interstim stopped working and Amy has since returned to being in constant pain and having urgency at all hours of the day and night. After a visit with her urologist a couple weeks ago, she was informed there was nothing further that could be done for her and was advised to, "just give up and pray" (after telling her she had 2 IC patients recently commit suicide).

Well, praying is exactly what Amy and all her friends are doing! After extensive research, Amy discovered Dr. Elliot Lander in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Lander is an expert in interstitial cystitis and is a pioneer for autologous stem cell technology in IC patients. What this means is that using Amy's own stem cells harvested from her body, the cells go through a closed-system process and are then re-injected to her body and implanted directly into her bladder. The stem cells will then create a new, healthy lining in her bladder, providing much needed relief and possibly even a cure from this painful disease.

Here are just a few facts about IC:

-The pain of IC can be equivalent to that of end stage cancer.

-Some people with IC can't leave their home due to needing to go to the bathroom every 10-15 minutes.

-90% of IC patients also suffer from depression and anxiety as a result of their condition.

-IC patients are 3-4 times more likely to commit suicide than non-IC patients.

As many of Amy's friends and family know, Amy works as the nursery director for Canvas Christian Church where she ministers to children ages birth to five teaching them the word of God. She works very hard to ensure each child is loved and learns about Jesus! Her husband, Chad, is a sergeant with Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and has served the citizens of Forsyth County for over 13 years. As you can imagine, $10, 000 is a lot of money them. Because this cutting-edge treatment is not yet FDA approved, it is not covered by insurance.

Any funds raised will go towards paying for the procedure, travel expenses, medications needed for injections that she will need to take 3 months after the surgery, and to pay for her current medical expenses that she has already incurred just to get to this point. 

Any amount given is greatly appreciated, but Amy and her family also need your continued prayers that this treatment is successful, as it could mean amazing things not only for her, but for other IC patients in the future. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help!

God Bless!
Kelly Hayworth (Amy's friend)
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Update 5
Posted by Kelly Stepp Hayworth
7 days ago
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We are so grateful to all who are praying for Amy...we are also deeply humbled and thankful for all of the donations. Thank you so much! Keep praying!
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Update 4
Posted by Kelly Stepp Hayworth
20 days ago
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We are so grateful for all the positive thoughts, prayers and donations being sent Amy's way! Thank you all for taking time to help her out. She is very excited to get this treatment done!
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Update 3
Posted by Kelly Stepp Hayworth
25 days ago
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Check out the latest update on Amy! Exciting news! Please be in prayer for her while she awaits her procedure; she continues to be in a great deal of pain and is having a lot of difficulty getting any sleep. Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Update 2
Posted by Kelly Stepp Hayworth
26 days ago
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Amy's procedure has been tentatively scheduled for mid to late May. The scheduler said she would contact Amy again towards the end of April to see where she is at with her fundraising. She can have it done sooner if we reach the goal before then. They also told her they'd like her surgery to be observed by other physicians who are training to do this procedure on IC patients in other parts of the country. Let's help her reach her goal so she can get on the road to recovery!
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$2,875 of $10k goal

Raised by 41 people in 28 days
Created February 28, 2017
Kelly Stepp Hayworth  
on behalf of Amy Evers
RS
$50
Randy and Linda Stepp
9 days ago(Offline Donation)
TB
$100
Thelma Bice
9 days ago(Offline Donation)
CR
$50
Cristina Ramey
9 days ago

Shawn and I continue to keep you in our prayers. We truly pray that this next chapter in your journey for healing and a cure will be the one to bring you peace and comfort.

AH
$25
Allyson Ham
11 days ago
IW
$50
Ivey Wright
12 days ago

Praying for you!!

JP
$25
Josh Patten
12 days ago

Good Luck!

$25
Anonymous
12 days ago
CA
$25
Craig & Donna Anthony
12 days ago
$25
Anonymous
12 days ago
JB
$70
Joyce Belcher
14 days ago
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