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Kasey's Return to Health

$300 of $76,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Created December 3, 2018
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Kasey Has Always Been A Fighter

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Until ten years ago, Kasey (Karen) Currier had always been successful in her own right. She taught college, worked on movie sets, owned a holiday display business for 20 years, and designed and renovated homes. She loved all her work.  All of this success came knowing that she had been born with epilepsy.

On January 5th, 2009, Kasey got out of her car and immediately fell to the ground, losing all feeling in her legs.  She was completely taken by surprise since she had been in great physical shape and had her epilepsy under control.

After an MRI,  her spine surgeon determined that the two discs located closest to her brain stem had herniated and were a danger to her spinal cord. Surgery was required immediately to avoid being paralyzed. It was a success, but the original injury would go on to give her circulatory problems that affected her blood pressure and heart.  

Since the surgery, Kasey shakes uncontrollably at times. These episodes are followed by migraines. She also has trouble with her balance. Neither her neurologist or cardiologist were able to pinpoint the cause.  Her medical bills total roughly $2800 each. It was recommended that she stop working, but Kasey’s disability cannot begin to cover her costs.

Then she developed a heart condition in 2015 after suffering a concussion from being rear-ended by a car traveling at high speed. Doctors couldn’t confirm additional damage to her spinal cord, so the insurance company denied the medical claim. The shaking incidents became more severe, including constant heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

Today, she must have an EEG to monitor and video her shaking episodes over a period of several days at a cost of nearly $5000. A newly developed drug at $900 per month is needed to combat her shaking events, which can occur three to four times a day.

Stem cell therapy has been suggested in an attempt to replace neurons in her damaged spinal cord, help with neurological problems and injured heart muscle cells. The cost for each treatment needed is between $5,000 and $8000. Only successful fundraising will allow her to consider this option.  
 
At the age of 63, she’s now in circumstances she never thought possible. A special Go Fund Me site has been set up to try to help in her in this dire situation. Kasey desperately needs the kindness of the community. 

Kasey’s Current Financial Circumstances

Kasey would like to buy a car, pay off $13,000 in credit cards used for medical expenses including some gastrointestinal issues, stress and contrast CT scans, an echocardiogram, and the ambulatory EEG with electrodes over 3 days to monitor shaking activity. Also, a dental bill and monthly psychiatric visits and medication costs for anxiety and depression related to her long-term medical issues.
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Kasey’s Expense Summary

·         $5,000  -- 3-day monitor/video
·         $2800/ea -- average MRI cost each
·         $900/mo is $10,800/yr -- for a new drug
·         $7,500 plus $650 -- to pay off car, register and tag
·         $70/mo is $840/yr -- for car insurance
·         $1,700/mo $10,200/yr -- shared rent (section 8 a 1-year wait)
·         $13,000 --  credit card debt for dental/medical expenses, GI issues, stress/contrast CT scans, echocardiogram, ambulatory EEG, mental health visits
·         $3,000 -- estimated moving costs to a less expensive living area
·         $10,000 -- funds for training and education in Yoga and Pilates instruction that doubles as recommended therapy
·         $5,000-$8,000 -- per stem cell treatment (if possible, more than one)

TOTAL: $60,800 with one potential stem cell treatment and $76,000 to add to stem treatments if possible.
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Kasey would like to learn to teach Yoga and Pilates. Both practices are suggested forms of therapy to maintain her health. A $10,000 portion of funding would be needed for training, certification, and education. With earnings of $30 per 50-minute class, she can supplement her monthly budget by about $1,100 without risking her disability pay.

Regaining a sense of control over her life is the ultimate goal. Your contribution is a cherished gift.
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Kasey's story is all too common with changes in the health care system. We posted her story over a month ago and still need help reaching our goal. Copy has been sent out to area newspapers and social media channels. Please contribute if you are able. Thank you!
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Tis' the season to enjoy giving! Even if the budget is tight, there is probably someone struggling just a little bit more the year. Remember you donation is a charitable contribution on your taxes. Thanks for your support!
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We have received our first contribution and are officially on our way to the goal! Please help us move forward to a fresh start in the new year.
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Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Created December 3, 2018
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