Nicole Virella's Endo Surgery

$25,177 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 290 people in 3 months
Created March 10, 2018
My name is Angelique and I've started this campaign for my sister Nicole/Nik, an illustrator, suffering from debilitating chronic fatigue and severe pain due to Endometriosis and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) who needs surgical intervention by an Endo -specialist. 

Nicole started drawing at a young age. She  has been interested in comics and animation since she was a child. I remember as a kid, I'd constantly watch my big sister draw and be amazed at how talented  she was and still is.  I've looked up to her my whole life and am heartbroken to see her helpless and constantly turned down by our healthcare system. 

Over the years, I have been a witness to her struggle. She has always had strange symptoms growing up but continuously  dismissed by doctors. She's had to deal with multiple general practitioners, endocrinologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists and trips to the emergency room, only to be given a different diagnosis each time and some prescribed meds. All of which, didn't help and only made her more sick.

In the last year, her symptoms have progressed  and have been unbearable. This problem is affecting her socially and her career. She's attempted to be pre-approved for surgery through her insurance, but has been denied like many other women. The main reason is because, they don't think excision surgery is beneficial and would much rather treat it with hormonal therapy, which is often just a temporary fix, and not a solution.  This disease affects over 176 million women worldwide and is continously overlooked by health care professionals and insurance companies. Women, includng my sister have been told by professionals that"it's all in your head" and believe you just are a hypochrondriac and "hysterical." She's done countless sonograms, which doctors have said everything from "it looks like it's getting better" to "everything looks fine." Meanwhile, her recent pelvic  MRI has revealed she has mutilple cysts and pelvic adhesions.  Nicole has insurance in which she pays a pretty penny a month for, however her insurance doesn't think its necessary for her to have this vital surgery. 

She needs this surgery as soon as possible to relieve her terrible symptoms and regain some normalcy to her life.  I want her to have enough funds to be able to have surgery by the end of May/early June.

Whoever knows Nicole, knows she would never ask for a dime from any one, however because of our oppressive cost of healthcare, we need all the help possible. Please donate and share this message with friends and family to support this incredible human, my big sister.  Let's end the stigma against endometriosis. it is not the "invisible" illness, it's real and affecting the women we love. Women need to be believed when they say their pain is real. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this  message <3

Artwork- Nicole/Nik Virella 'Return of the Living Deadpool'
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Hello all!!!

I wanted to extend another great opportunity to get a signed sketch from friend and artist Ario Anindito. He worked on the Hyperion series with Nicole and would love to offer 2 original sketches from Hyperion #5 signed by himself to the next 2 people who donate $300 or more to the campaign.

Please email myself (angelique1613@gmail.com) and Ario (arioanindito@gmail.com) with proof of donation and your address so you can get yours today!!

Thanks Ario and thank you to all of you as well! <3
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Hello everyone,

I have created a Twitter to extend the campaign for Nicole and get even more eyes on it. As some of you may know, Nicole worked on the comic Return of the Living Deadpool. The heart pose she drew for the comic has now become somewhat iconic in the Deadpool movies starring Ryan Reynolds. If you have Twitter, please retweet or like my tweet to get some more eyes on this. It would be greatly appreciated. Anything and everything would help. Thank you so much <3

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Hello again! Thank you all again for the generous donations thus far. All the shares, retweets and posts have been amazing. It's so great to see so many people joining together to support my sister!

There are 5 more spots left to get a sketch from artist Mike Hawthorne! Email us to let us know if you want one too! (All info listed in my last update and also on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/niksendosurgery/)

Another good friend of Nicole's - artist Scott Cohn wanted to help the cause as well and is offering sketches too! Standing at 5’11”, 195 lbs, with a 73” reach, Scott Cohn has worked in comics, children's/medical/ illustration, & storyboards for film/commercials for 23 years. Past opponents include DC Comics, Harper Collins, Discover, A&E, Hasbro, Coke, HBO, Unicef, and Netflix. He has never been knocked out or submitted ;)

The next 10 donators who donate $60 dollars or more to the campaign will receive a personalized sketch from Scott himself! When you've donated please email both me, Angelique (angelique1613@gmail.com) and Scott (scott@scottcohn.com) and provide proof of donation with email receipt and an address so Scott can ship the sketch to you safely.

To see some previews of his sketches - take a look at this Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/niksendosurgery/

Thank you ! <3
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Hi everyone, thank you so much for the support you have all given so far. It is absolutely incredible.

I wanted to extend this awesome opportunity to get a signed sketch from close friend and Marvel artist, Mike Hawthrone. Mike wants to extend his help in donations by drawing something for one of you! For the next 10 donators who donate $60 dollars or more to the campaign will receive a personalized sketch from Mike himself!

When you've donated please email both me, Angelique Virella (angelique1613@gmail.com) and Mike Hawthorne (mhawthorne@thinktankcomics.com) and provide proof of donation with email receipt and an address so Mike can ship the sketch to you safely. Thank you all so much again!
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