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Emiliano's family & friends are helping raise money for his treatments he has JSPA-Juvenile Spondyloarthritis!

My son Emiliano Herrera is the most out going & very confident child I know! He doesn't allow his pain & swelling stop him from enjoying life! Emiliano was diagnosed with JSPA Juvenile Spondyloarthritis this is arthritis of the spine & lower extremities. A year ago we didn't even know what Emiliano had it all started with a phone call from his school telling me to he might have sprained ankle or broken ankle from that day forward his life our life changed forever! Never did I think that I would have to be carrying my son or be wheeling him around & have no answers! He would yell of the pain that he would have in his ankles then his knees, then his knuckles, then his shoulders everyday he would ask me mom please help me please take away this pain! Every doctor we went to would tell me sorry but we don't know what to do we have no answers. It took us 6 month o find a Pediatric Rheumatologist & the waiting list was horrible mean while there was not one thing I could do to make my son feel better. He finally had to be home bound because his immune system was so broken down from so many meds & meds that the doctors didn't even know if it would help, but yet that was the only thing that would help him with the pain & inflammation some what! I would pick him up yelling & he would beg me mom please don't touch my knees please don't let anything rub against them!! I would stand in the shower with him because he couldn't stand on his own & yet still every doctor would tell me sorry we don't know what he has! Finally a wonderful dr from SA saw us & immediately knew he had been given all wrong meds nothing he was taking was what he needed! Now a year later I have completely exhausted my funds to keep providing my son for all his medical needs! There are times he goes 4 weeks without meds because I can't afford them I am a Single parent of 2 boys & I work full time & full time mom, but I still can't afford all his meds. This fundraiser would at least give me that hope of knowing that I can provide all the treatments & meds my son needs to keep going every day! Arthritis has no cure, but we can change that by brining more awareness to every one around us! Help me help my son know that there are still caring people that are willing to help others out!
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