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The family and friends of Missy Samounetry are uniting to raise money to help her fight against Lupus. Please help us save her!

Missy Samounetry is a wonderful person with a big heart. She is a caring mother to her 7 year old son, and a loving wife to her husband. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, mother, wife and friend to those in her family and circle of friends. About six years ago, Missy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis. Lupus Nephritis is a kidney disorder that is a complication of the systemic lupus erythematosus which is an autoimmune disease. This means there is a problem with the body's immune system.

Unfortunately for Missy and the millions who suffer from this debilitating disorder worldwide, there is NO CURE for Lupus, only treatments and medications. For over six years now, Missy has battled swollen joints which cause her much pain and stiffness throughout her body. Her team of doctors has tried many different treatment options to no avail. Missy continues to struggle to get out of bed some days and fears that she may end up with kidney failure if the disease is not controlled.

Recently her doctors have prescribed Missy with a year's worth of IV Chemotherapy called cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®) -- this treatment has increased the survival rates of people with lupus kidney disease. Missy will need a dose of this chemo once per month for an entire year. After each treatment Missy becomes sick; the common side effects of this chemo-therapy include hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, sterility and jaundice.

This treatment could be life-saving; the only problem is the cost. Missy does have insurance, but like many medical "insurance", it does not cover all of it. Missy will be faced with large medical bills for the insurance deductible, the coinsurance of each treatment plus all the other medications that she will need to take throughout her lifetime to help control this disorder and save her life.

Her circle of friends and family have come together to plan many fundraising events. We are preparing a garage sale, a raffle, a concert, and family event with bingo and food, all proceeds from these events will go to the Missy Samounetry Donation Fund at U.S. Bank. This Fund can also be used for those that would like to mail or deposit contributions to Missy's medicals costs; otherwise, you can contribute using this site and show your support!

We all understand that times are difficult so on behalf of the entire Samounetry and Vargas family and all her close friends, I thank you for helping us by donating to Missy's medical fund. Every single dollar will make a difference so please know your prayers and contributions are greatly appreciated!

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