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This fundraiser ended on 10/31/11

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Family and friends uniting to pray and raise money for Casie Ritacco as she battles this rare and uncommon disease.

***Please read the update page for updates on how Casie is doing and where she is along in this process***

Casie Ritacco is a 25 year old young women who was recently diagnosed with Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA), a very rare and uncommon disease. It is a cause of blood vessel inflammations, which can damage organ systems such as kidneys, lungs, nerves, skin, and joints. Casie has experienced these issues already.

There is only one treatment for this, which is steroids and chemotherapy.

Casie is fun, loving and has an adventurous spirit, and has a passion for living life to the fullest. She is always surrounding herself with her family, fiance, and let's not forget her animals!!! She is the type of person that will give you the shirt off her back and rescue any creature in need.

A little over a month ago Casie's life took a turn for the worst. She complained of back pains and was put on antibiotics. After being rushed to the ER they discovered her kidneys were functioning at 2% of what they should be. Doctors' tried everything they could to save them. After just a few short days Casie's kidneys shut down completely. A biopsy determined that she has Microscopic Polyangiitis and will need a kidney transplant.

During this short period of time she endured two massive seizures. She is currently undergoing dialysis and chemotherapy and has short-term memory loss, migraines, and extremely high blood pressure. The inflammation and breaking down of her blood cells have required 22 different blood transfusions within the last month.

Her family has exhausted everything they can to ensure Casie can receive the care she needs. She does not have health insurance and we don't know what the total expenses will be. We felt we had to alleviate the stress on Casie and her family so that she can focus all of her energy and strength on recovery! The money donated will be used to pay for medical expenses and to help with daily living expenses that are vast.

It is a long battle ahead and the family is going to need all the support they can get so any donation of any size is greatly appreciated.

Please pray for Casie and her family as they go through this difficult time of their lives.
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