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Rachel Doran’s Journey

$114,042 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 854 people in 6 months
Created August 1, 2018
Team Rach (Kathy C & Elaine D)
on behalf of Lisa Doran
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 RACHEL

(Team mascots: Kathy Coon & Elaine Daignault)
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of your love and support for Alan, Lisa and Ellie. We wanted to provide you with a quick update and invite you to celebrate Rachel’s memory with the Doran family.

As a part of the Doran’s healing process they have created a non-profit that will honor Rachel’s life and carry on her memory, while also helping others.

I hope you will join the Doran family for the “Rach’s Hope” kick-off celebration at 7:30pm on March 2nd at Penfield Pavilion. This day is significant because it will be the day after what would have been Rachel’s 22nd birthday.

Invitation coming soon
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A block of rooms have been reserved at the Westport Inn for people traveling from out of town. Please go to this link reduced rates:
https://reservations.travelclick.com/102338?groupID=2365617
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Please come show your love & support for Rachel, Alan, Lisa and Ellie
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$114,042 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 854 people in 6 months
Created August 1, 2018
Team Rach (Kathy C & Elaine D)
on behalf of Lisa Doran
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$100
John Stimpson
21 days ago
$25
Peter Fortier
21 days ago
PB
$250
Pamela Beaudoin
22 days ago
ER
$50
Ellen Resnick
22 days ago
SI
$10
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1 month ago
KS
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Kelley Strickland
3 months ago
SG
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4 months ago
CL
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