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The family & friends of Allysia Moran are uniting to raise money to help cover medical bills in her fight with Lyme Disease

My cousin Allysia (Ollila) Moran has Lyme disease. It has been a long, tiring journey to this diagnosis and since the world of medicine doesn’t fully understand Lyme disease the treatments also vary. Allysia is a close friend of mine who happens to be my cousin. Since we were very little we loved spending time together even though our distance would sometimes be thousands of miles. Each time we’d see each other it felt like we just jumped right back to where we left off telling stories and having fun. We would write letters between visits and exchanged Best Friend necklaces in grade school. Allysia is now a wife and a mom of two kids the same age as my own. She has always been more brave and adventurous than me. She was athletic, ice-skating, skiing, playing golf and went to college to be a nurse. Her husband Dave is also extremely active and athletic and the kids just fell right in line. They love to run and go to classes like gymnastics and swimming. Unfortunately, Allysia cannot enjoy those activities, including work now as she deals with daily pain, stomach issues, memory and speech problems and sheer exhaustion to name a few symptoms.

For those of you not familiar with Lyme disease (LD), it is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete (pronounced spy-ro-keet) that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe.

LD manifests itself as a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, 
disseminated stages. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, LD is almost always readily cured. Generally, LD in its later stages can also be treated effectively, but because the rate of disease progression and individual response to treatment varies from one patient to the next, some patients may have symptoms that linger for months or even years following treatment. In rare instances, LD causes permanent damage.

Although there is not an exact fix-all treatment, she is hopeful and willing to fight to get a better quality of life. With this new option that her Infection Disease Doctor has presented comes an enormous price tag. The cost of just the IV treatments is expected to be $35,000 in addition to other fees making the total cost for treatment around $50,000. Her insurance has denied coverage. This will take this thrifty family with one income directly into debt.

Please visit Allysia’s blog where she shares her journey, day-to-day treatment and to learn more about Lyme disease -

http://allysiafightslyme.blogspot.com/

We are humbly asking for donations to ease the burden on Allysia and help her attain a life with less pain and exhaustion. Our goal is $20 per person – family members, friends, acquaintances, friends of friends, anyone who can give forward. We will run our online fundraiser from August 20, 2012 – September 20, 2012. Think of it as the cost of a dinner out -an entrée and a beer! Of course if you would like to give more, we appreciate all that can be provided.

During these last couple years, I have personally felt so helpless and wish I lived closer to help watch Allysia’s kids, clean or cook for them and I feel hopeful that now this will allow myself and others the opportunity to give service even from great distances. We will be holding Benefit Events in Minnesota and also Arizona during this time. Dates and details for these events will be posted on Allysia’s blog.

If you are more comfortable sending donations directly to Allysia, we ask that you make them payable to Allysia Moran, and mail them to the following address:

Allysia Moran
1946 73rd Street
Centerville, MN 55038

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