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This fundraiser ended on 04/29/12

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This is the Gift of Faith fund. The funds will be used for medical costs and related expenses.

.... a synopsis by Faith's Mom, Mary Ann...
The disease Faith has is very rare. A couple of cases a year are seen in the US. She actually has two diseases, called allied diseases, which makes it even more rare. The problem when you have a disease that no one else has, the doctors have never successfully treated it. So they are guessing. Educated guessing, but guessing. Things have not gone as planned and things seem to be getting worse as we go.
Faith can’t poop. She hasnt been able to since birth. We’ve given her enemas and laxatives since she was a month old. Her doctors tried manual disimpactions (yep, it’s as awful as it sounds), the strongest laxatives, and enemas every day at home…nothing worked. Turns out Faiths colon doesn't have the nerves it needs to move stool through the colon and out of the body. That problem, not being able to poop, has caused a bunch of other things to go wrong in Faiths body.
Fast forward to today. She's still sick. She's had too many surgeries that we've lost count. Currently she has an infection that has ravaged her body. Her small colon is oozing out of her chait tube. It's serious.
What I do know is she is strong. She handles all of this with courage and grace. She worries more about her roommates that are no where near as sick as she is than she worries about herself. She inspires me to be thankful in the face of absolute chaos and a life that is falling apart around me. And, she loves me, to spite the fact that I can’t fix this. To spite the fact that she is in pain everyday, and I can’t make the pain go away.

Please think about giving to Faith to help us get through this. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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