Rachel Doran’s Journey

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Raised by 742 people in 17 days
Rachel Hope Doran, an energetic and healthy 21 year old, should be completing her summer internship in NYC with Li & Fung Limited and starting her senior year at Cornell University as a Fashion Design Major with a Minor in Business.  Instead, Rachel, who is a 2015 Staples High School graduate and well known for her entrepreneurial skills , academic excellence , skilled costume designs and most importantly her kind heart, is in critical condition at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital’s Center for Acute Respiratory Failure and ECMO Program.   


On July 13th Rachel was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS ) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS), a rare reaction to common medications that resulted in severe burns to 95% of her body.  She was treated at Bridgeport Hospital’s Connecticut Burn Center for two weeks before being transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for the treatment of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS ), another rare and life-threatening syndrome.  Rachel is currently in the ICU on a special lung protocol called ECMO and dialysis. 


Rachel is fighting for her life and the Doran family could use your support.  She has had many setbacks since beginning this journey 3 weeks ago but she is a fighter. Her skin is slowly beginning to heal from the Stevens Johnson Syndrome which is both painful and life-altering.  Rachel has a collapsed lung and renal failure which requires specialized care.  They are keeping her as comfortable as possible and she has an amazing team of professionals supporting her. 

Rachel’s family has been by her side for weeks as they hope and pray for Rachel’s recovery.  It will be a long road for Rachel and her family.  Doctors estimate that she could be at Columbia hospital for months.  Lisa and Alan are staying at a NYC hotel nearby while their extended family tries to maintain some sense of normalcy for Rachel’s sister Ellie in Westport.   Between the hospital bills, extended hotel stays in Manhattan and loss of wages, the financial ramifications will be far-reaching.   After so many people reached out to ask how they could help, this GoFundMe page was created by friends who are trying to help lighten the load.  

Lisa, Alan and Ellie are so grateful for your love and support. Please consider contributing to the costs associated with Rachel’s care.    It is going to be a long road to recovery with months in the hospital, rehabilitation and hard work but if anyone can do it, Rachel can.   She is an amazing person with a bright future ahead. 

With Love and Appreciation,


(Team mascots: Kathy Coon & Elaine Daignault)
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With heavy hearts and tremendous gratitude for the love and support from all who loved Rachel, we are so sad to inform you that Rachel passed away peacefully last night with her family beside her. True to Rachel’s spirit and with the same ferver she had for everything she took on, she fought the most difficult health issues with tenacity and grace.

At this time Alan, Lisa and Ellie ask that you keep Rachel’s memory close to your hearts as arrangements are made to celebrate her amazing life. Her beauty, kindness, style and wit were second to none and we will cherish the light she brought to so many people along the way.

Services will be on Wednesday, August 22nd at Temple Israel in Westport. Time TBA.

Please direct inquiries to Elained71@gmail.com or 203-216-2175.
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Rachel was diagnosed with SJS 31 days ago and continues to fight difficult health challenges with strength and determination.

She is receiving excellent care at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is benefiting from a variety of supports in the ICU there. Rach is fighting infection with her biggest cheerleaders at her side. We are assured that she is resting comfortably and that time will help heal her lungs. Please keep praying for Rach and her family. They have been amazingly resilient and they are so grateful your love and support.

Team Rachel
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued love and concern for Rachel. This is day 26 for the Doran family and Rachel’s road to recovery is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

Rachel has good and bad days making it difficult to provide succinct updates. For each positive report of progress, she faces daily challenges as doctors monitor all of the supports she has in place. She is still on a ventilator, ECMO and dialysis in the ICU. While she has shown some promising signs of improvement, the task of weaning her from the machines will be a long and intricate process.

Please continue sending strength and prayers to the Doran’s. Your love and support is felt and appreciated. Keep it up!!!
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WOW Westport! The little town with a big ❤️. Rachel has clearly impacted so many lives in her 21 years! We just hit 50% toward our goal—you rock!!!!

The Dorans are so grateful for your encouraging words, prayers and generosity from near and far.

These past few weeks have been tremendously challenging but your love and support over the past two days has made a world of difference. It seems as though Rachel may be starting to turn the corner toward her recovery.

She is slowly showing signs of improved lung function and opened her eyes today!! Please keep up the prayers and positive energy. Rach is feeling your love!
Phi Beta Kappa!!!
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