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This is a fundraiser for Micah Peckels Quirk, who suffers from HLH. This project aims to raise money for his family and to fight HLH.

Meet Micah. He has HLH

What is HLH?

Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare immune disorder that causes the overproduction of infection-fighting cells. Generally affecting young children, it can be inherited genetically or acquired as a complication of an infection. The treatment for HLH usually includes chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Once treated, two-thirds of children will be cured, but complications from treatment can be severe and long-lasting.

How is Micah doing?

Micah had a stem cell transplant on November 22, 2011. He’s doing better every day, but he still has a long road to a full recovery. The family’s insurance has covered most of their costs, but a high deductible means a lot of out-of-pocket expenses over the next few years for regular check-ups, tests and even hospitalizations.

How can I help?

Messages for Micah is opportunity for you to support Micah and his family both financially and emotionally. When you contribute a message to Micah, your message will be included in the Messages to Micah mini-book, which will tell Micah’s story and raise awareness of HLH. Half of your donation will go to Micah’s family to help with their out-of-pocket expenses, and half will go to the Histiocytosis Association, a global nonprofit dedicated to leading the search for a cure.

How can I contribute?

Use this website to make a donation and then leave a message. When you make a donation, you'll be asked if you want to leave some "words of encouragement." Leave your message here. There are four contribution levels:

$10.00: A $10 contribution entitles you to a 150 character message and a .pdf copy of the mini-book. Your message will be displayed on a page with other $10 donors.

$30.00: A $30 contribution entitles you to a 50 word message and one copy of the mini-book. Your message will be displayed in your own quarter page “ad” space.

$50.00: A $50 contribution entitles you to a 100 word message and one copy of the mini-book. Your message will be displayed in your own half page “ad” space.

$100.00+: A $100+ contribution entitles you to a 200 word message and one copy of the mini-book. Your message will be displayed in your own full page “ad” space.

Can I include a photo with my message?

Yes. Photos or logos can be included with quarter, half and full page messages.

Can I buy additional copies of the mini-book?

Yes. If you want additional copies of the book, you can purchase them for the cost of printing.

Can I make a donation and not leave a message?

Yes. Please let us know if you would like your donation acknowledged or if you would like to remain anonymous.

Other details

To receive a copy of the mini-book, a mailing address must be provided. After contributing a message, spread the word by liking Messages to Micah FaceBook

About the family

Micah, Rebecca and Jason currently reside in Rockford, Illinois. Rebecca is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and Jason is from Vernon Hills, Illinois. Before living in Rockford, they lived is Milwaukee and DeKalb, Illinois.

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