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This fundraiser ended on 09/30/12

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The family and friends of the Nakagawa family are uniting to raise money to help them with their medical costs.

The Nakagawa family (Patrick, Monica, Ripley, and Grayson) have had a troubling couple of years. Back in April of 2011, Grayson, the youngest Nakagawa, was diagnosed with plagiocephaly, torticollis, and possible craniosynostosis. After costly physical therapy and orthotic helmet treatment, it was determined that he needed further testing due to lack of progress. After a cranial CT at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, it was revealed that he had coronal craniosynostosis and would require extensive cranial reconstruction surgery to repair it. In February 2012, when Grayson was just 13 months old, the surgeons at Duke did a fantastic job, but due to extremely high deductibles and coinsurance, the family was now deeply in debt and just struggling to pay their mortgage and utilities.

Then in May, Monica Nakagawa found out that, due to her strong family history of breast cancer (her beloved sister, Vanessa, died of breast cancer last March at only 40 years old, and her mother is currently terminal with a very rare cancer called Stewart-Treves syndrome, a byproduct of breast cancer treatment), she would have to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Unfortunately, all the money that went toward Grayson’s surgery didn’t have any bearing on Monica’s deductibles and coinsurance, so they now have that additional expense along with what they still owe on Grayson’s medical bills. In addition, Monica’s breast MRI (a necessary but expensive presurgical diagnostic test) may not be covered by her insurance.

As you may imagine, this unexpected family crisis has taken quite a toll on the Nakagawas, both emotionally and financially. Patrick works very hard at a full-time job, but doesn’t make enough to even begin to cover the medical expenses they are continually incurring. It’s become painfully obvious that they need help. ANY help at all would make a difference, in both their financial situation and their emotional well-being.

Any generous contributions, thoughts, or prayers would be deeply appreciated.
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