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This is to help Mia Gonzalez pay her medical expenses for lupus treatment while she is in her final year in law school.

I've only known Mia for a short while, having met through a mutual friend a year and a half ago. At the time I met her she was thoroughly engaged in her first year in law school and loving it. I was instantly drawn to her tenacity as she shoved her way past a rocky beginning in life and worked to educate herself to bring social justice to the world. Her dedication to mentoring disenfranchised youth and women has shown Mia to be a person of action as well as compassion.

Mia is also a highly independent person and so when she became ill in May 2010 and then diagnosed with Lupus in June 2010, she had to start leaning on others for emotional support. Being a person of action, Mia reached out to friends when seeking medical care and was connected through a friend to a clinical trial at a university an hour away. Since July of 2010, Mia’s boyfriend and friends have escorted her to the hospital every few weeks as she endured year-long infusion treatments as well as occasional emergency trips to the hospital.

At 28 years of age, Mia has changed her lifestyle in order to manage her Lupus. Since her diagnosis she has learned how to strengthen her body through exercise, eat foods that better manages the Lupus, and rest when her body requires. Through all this, Mia has not missed a beat in law school and is now beginning her third and final year. During her last year as a student, and living off student loans, Mia is trying to figure out how to pay for the cost of managing her Lupus. This includes prescriptions ($100/month), doctor visits ($200/visit), and groceries ($100/month). There are also unexpected medical expenses as her Lupus and treatment affect other parts of her body.

Please consider financially supporting Mia with her medical expenses through her final year of law school. Not being a law student myself, I am amazed at how much energy and personal strength it takes to make it through law school. I am even more amazed by Mia as she has gone through a year of law school while coming to terms with the significance of this life-threatening disease and enduring the harsh treatments. She has already contributed a significant amount to the world and will be able to continue to do so with our support.
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