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Family and friends of Marca Epps are uniting to raise money to help her with her battle against Pemphigus vulgaris. Please show your support

We have started another fundraising campaign to help Marca and Jerry Epps since the previous campaign has ended. Marca has spent time in and out of hospitals as she continues to battle this disease and complications that arise. As we all know, even with medical insurance this would be a huge out of pocket expense that would devastate any family. We are hoping to ease some of the burden they have. Family and friends of Marca Epps are uniting to raise money to help her with her battle against Pemphigus vulgaris. Please show your support Marca Epps has recently been diagnosed with a rare life threatening auto-immune disease called Pemphigus. With Pemphigus vulgaris, the immune system makes a mistake, views cells in the skin and mucous membranes as foreign and an immune response is triggered. Affected individuals have high concentrations of antibodies produced by the immune system. These bind to a specific protein in the skin, causing interference with the skin's normal function. The cells no longer stick together and become separated from each other. This causes the burn-like lesions or blisters that are typical of PV. Symptoms often occur first in the mouth, but lesions can cover a significant area of skin. The disease is non-infectious. There is no cure for this life threatening disease. Marca has suffered so much with this disease. She suffers daily from excruciating pain. Her mouth, gums, and lips are covered in bloody blisters, as is her head and her body. Marca has been so positive despite her suffering. She not only suffers physically, she also suffers emotionally. Marca has visible bleeding wounds on her body and head. She has permanently lost hair and now must wear a wig. The pain she is going through both physically and psychologically would be hard on anyone, especially a woman. Her husband, Jerry, suffers along with her, feeling helpless, since there is no cure. Marca is currently receiving medical care from the MAYO Clinic in Arizona. She has incurred medical expenses since she was not insured. She has since applied for medical insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but it is very expensive and coverage is very limited. MAYO Clinic does not accept medicaid, or Arizona's AHCCCS, so that is not an option for them. Marca and her husband, Jerry, are suffering a huge financial hardship right now. Jerry had heart bypass surgery a couple of years ago and they still have medical debt they are trying to pay off as a result. As anyone that knows Marca and Jerry knows, they are hardworking, prideful people and would never ask for help. I am telling you though, they need help! It is my hope that some of their financial burden can be lifted so they can concentrate on getting Marca well. I also hope to raise enough money so Marca will have the option of being able to seek expensive alternative care that she otherwise might not consider because of the cost. Please consider helping Marca. Any donation, no matter how small, will help.

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