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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/11

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Please help us raise money for Angie Boyle's pancreatectomy; the first step to leaving behind 7 years of financial & physical pain!

I’d like to share the story of my friend, Angela Boyle. Angie has always been active and strong. We participated in competitive gymnastics together for 18 years, even though she suffered from unexplained chronic side pain. After high school she attended college, and at the age of 24 she was on her way to becoming a district manager of Starbucks. That was also the time that she was diagnosed with Pancreas Divisium, a rare disease that explained the pain she had suffered from, and dealt with, for so many years. Since being diagnosed in 2004, Angie has undergone over 20 stint surgeries, countless bouts of pancreatitis, and been forced to live off of disability. However, none of this has stopped her from seeking out help, and working to find a cure.

Due to her persistence, and the unwavering support of her family, the University of Minnesota has recently approved Angie for a Total Pancreatectomy to remove her pancreas. The pancreas is the first organ in the digestive system, so it is not only responsible for breaking down your food, but also for producing insulin. Because of this, Angie will also be going through an Islet Auto-Transplant, where the doctors will harvest cells from her pancreas and transplant them to her liver to help prevent her from becoming diabetic.

As you can imagine, these surgeries are complex, and while her insurance covers a portion of the expenses, Angie is responsible for a far greater portion than her family can afford. She will also need to travel from Colorado to Minnesota for quarterly check-ups over the course of a year, and pay for a variety of prescription drugs, which brings me to the reason for this letter. Angie cannot do this alone, and needs your help. Every dollar that we raise will help aid in her recovery, and help her once again pursue her dreams of having a career, and building a family of her own; dreams we often take for granted.
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