This morning while looking at the news I came across a story that just broke my heart. I want to share it with you, in hopes that you will be moved to help…and to tell at least one other person, who in turn could tell one person, and so on until we have been able to reach enough people to save her life!
Cat Davis is only 24 years old. And she is fighting for her life. Cat has a progressive disease called Scleroderma.
This is directly from the Cure For Cat website:
Cat Davis was diagnosed with a syndrome called CREST.
This is an acronym for five diseases. The “S” stands for a rare and fatal disease called Rapidly Advancing Diffuse Scleroderma. The word scleroderma means “hard skin.” Roughly 300,000 people in America have this devastating disease. It is a disease that causes the body to form excess connective tissue (like scar tissue) that eventually will harden her skin outside and inside to such a degree that her bodily functions will cease. As of today, Cat has this all over her body. The scleroderma is visible and she looks tan in addition to having hard restrictive dark blue patches all over her body. She is in constant pain, fatigued, and unable to work. Her body is turning to rock. Her fingers ulcerate on a regular basis (the “r” stands for Reynaud’s), she is often throwing up at night due to her free reflux (the “e”). Her face is a constant rash (the “t”) and the “c” which stands for Calcinosus causes a whole other host of problems.
She is very ill.
Funds need to be raised in the next few weeks in hopes for a cure. The disease has progressed to the point of her heart, lungs, and other internal organs hardening. She can’t even dress herself anymore. Doctors have informed her that she has a year or less to live if her stem cell transplant isn’t successful and the transplant is only possible as long as her heart doesn’t harden anymore, which leaves only a short time to act.
These next few weeks are critical for fundraising. Insurance has denied funding twice, leaving the Davis family to pay $125,000 up front in order to get her the transplant she needs in order to stay alive. She will NOT be eligible for the transplant that will save her life upon the progression of the disease.
Every day, every helping hand is crucial. Let’s come together and help give her a chance. I have donated what I could today, and plan on doing more as soon as I can. Please visit CureForCat.com and give whatever help you can. Thank you.
Please share this with your family and friends.