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Please, if you find it in your heart to give, please do. Let's help Kimberlin and her family. Thank you.

Kimberlin is an 18 year-old from Southern California. She has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease. Mitochondrial disease results from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common. Diseases of the mitochondria appear to cause the most damage to cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine and respiratory systems (www.umdf.org).

Kimberlin's mom writes the following to help us understand her daughter's situation:
My daughter Kimberlin Marks has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, major intestinal failure, requires full time TPN, superficial gastroparesis, respiratory insufficiency, severe anemia, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia, liver failure, malnutrition, adjustment disorder, disability, bone marrow suppression and myelodysplastic syndrome. Kimberlin has been through countless procedures and tests, which include 3 central line surgeries, 6 picc line placements, 1 internal jugular central line, bone marrow biopsies, EGDs, colonoscopies, barium enemas, x-rays, tube checks, 1000's of lab draws, IV lines, glucose checks and a Gtube placement. Kimberlin has had 10 ambulance rides and 1 critical care helicopter air transport. Kimberlin has experienced many symptoms such as fevers, vomiting, constipation, severe malnutrition, severe septicemia (5 times) severe CDiff, VRE and yeast line infections which are two of the most deadly blood infections. Kimberlin has been so weak to the point that she couldn't lift her head off of her pillow, she has had countless nose bleeds, lots of bruises, 8 blood transfusions, isolation for 10 weeks, 3 weeks in the ICU/trauma unit, 6 months straight in the hospital straight this year and about 300 days in the hospital in the last two and a half years, all caused by a genetic disorder and blood cancer. My daughter Kimberlin writes, "I have missed out on a lot of family time and many once in a lifetime oppurtunities. But I'm still alive and I have the best support ever! Love you all!"
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