MC Derin's Medical Fund

$17,460 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 8 months
Christine Whitby Smith
on behalf of Mary Catherine Derin
 OWINGS MILLS, MD
On Monday, May 15, 2017 while vacationing in Mexico, Mary Catherine lost some mobility in her arms and legs. After treatment for what was thought to be a migraine and dehydration, they were able to get her home to Maryland. The next morning she lost all mobility, and over the next few weeks became progressively worse, losing her eyesight as well. 

After several weeks of testing, treatment, and hospitalization, on Tuesday, June 6 it was discovered that she had a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid that was causing pressure on her brain and eliciting the paralysis, loss of sight and excruciating pain. The next morning our beloved "MC" had brain surgery to insert a "shiny new shunt" (her words) and remove an old, inactive shunt from her childhood that was thought to be no longer needed.


Throughout this entire ordeal, she has remained our optimistic, determined MC,  cracking jokes with the doctors and nurses even as she underwent procedures such as a lumbar puncture. They have all come to love her as much as we do.

The medical expenses are piling up quickly. If it is within your capability to give even a small amount we would be very grateful.  If you cannot donate, please share this campaign with your friends and family.

Thank you so much for your kindness and love. 
#MCStrong

"Hold a true friend with both hands."~ Nigerian proverb
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Update 8/26/17: It has been a little over three months since Mary Catherine and her family began this journey which consisted of her unexpected illness, and now her road to recovery and adjusting to her "new normal" as she calls it. Through all of it, MC has remained incredibly optimistic. She continues to get stronger, however, life will never be quite the same.

The support has been overwhelming, but the family continues to need help with medical bills and funds to make her home more accessible now that she is visually impaired and getting around with a walker and cane. Please share our campaign- any amount you can give is truly appreciated.
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Update 7/16/17~ Mary Catherine is diligently working to get her strength back every day. In addition to working with the physical therapist, her awesome husband Tony works with her on their own. Her vision is slowly improving in some ways. She can read negative text (white on black) and the rest of the time she sees shapes, shadows, light and some color. She describes it as what you might see if you woke up in the middle of the night before your eyes adjust.

Mary Catherine is maintaining her awesome sense of humor and is already beginning to try to get out into her community, which she loves so much.

The medical bills are definitely coming in at this point. Please share this page to help spread her amazing story!
Working on steps
Getting that arm strength back!
She's come so far in six weeks!!
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Update 7/8/17~ Mary Catherine is home!! Yesterday MC was released from rehab, and will continue her physical therapy and occupational therapy at home. The therapists started working with her bright and early this morning at 8:30 a.m. Her vision continues to slowly return. She can see some additional colors now and read white text on black background. She is able to walk with a walker now.

True to Mary Catherine's style-- she made a couple of stops on the way home. She stopped at CrossFit Iniquus in Crofton to say thank you to her friends there for their support and talk about additional exercises she can do during her recovery (Fundraiser at CrossFit on 7/22--$50 to participate, 100% goes to MC and family) and at Mamma Roma's Restaurant in Odenton, MD for a slice or two of their delicious pizza (wonderful Italian dishes there). Mamma Roma's owners have also been huge supporters.

Thank you so much for your support! Please continue to share her story as we begin this new chapter in her recovery and the medical bills really begin to roll in.
CrossFit Iniquus in Crofton~ Thank you!
Mamma Roma's Restaurant Odenton-Thanks!
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Update 7/2/17~ The Pancake Fundraiser this week was very successful! The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce and its members raised $6200 for the Derin family for Mary Catherine's medical expenses!

In other great news, Mary Catherine is rocking the rehab circuit and as if that wasn't fantastic enough--she has started to regain some of her vision! Doctors have warned that it may not be permanent, but she is taking it day by day and there have been many more "good days" than bad lately. She can now use the telephone and read texts up close if they are white print on a black background. She is amazing!

Thank you to all of you that have donated to or shared this page, and please continue to share it. We are nowhere finished with this battle and the bills are rolling in.

The next fundraiser for MC will be an Abby & Anna event on July 12 at the Greene Turtle in Gambrills, MD, followed by an event at CrossFit Iniquus in Crofton on July 22. More to come.
Thank you so much!
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Rada Drapatskaya
8 months ago
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I am willing to treat her with acupuncture probono, it will be a great help in her recovery!

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Elana Greenstein Washburn
8 months ago
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You are so strong MC! Hope you have a speedy recovery! I have been out and about in the community and networking events and everyone is thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery! Hugs!!!! ♥

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$17,460 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 8 months
Created June 10, 2017
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Scott Hariton
7 days ago

Refund of your donation for Lily's GoFundMe as she never ended up going to the event. Thanks again for trying to help.

KD
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Karin Dorsey
5 months ago
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MC-I only met you a few times last summer when you taught the Aqua Fitness at WCSC. It was a fun class and I admired your positive energy! I was looking forward to taking more of your classes this summer and was sorry to hear about your health issues. I have included you on my prayer list and believe between your positive attitude and all your prayer warriors, good things will be coming your way! xoxo

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Anonymous
5 months ago
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$100
Gale Seaton
5 months ago
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Still keeping you in our prayers.

A-
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Angelic Anderson -Crook
5 months ago
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Love you MC! Keep kicking butt!

AL
$25
Amy Ladd
6 months ago
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I've been thinking about you and watching your journey as it unfolds. I am amazed by your positive spirit and will continue to cheer for you.

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Gina Baez
6 months ago
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Sending prayers!

Rada Drapatskaya
8 months ago
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I am willing to treat her with acupuncture probono, it will be a great help in her recovery!

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Elana Greenstein Washburn
8 months ago
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You are so strong MC! Hope you have a speedy recovery! I have been out and about in the community and networking events and everyone is thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery! Hugs!!!! ♥

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