Dream ("The Dreamster) Shepherd, 10, was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Disease is a hereditary blood disorder which affects hemoglobin that can impact nearly every organ in the body. Dream has battled a host of complications including chronic pain stemming from diminished levels of oxygen in her cells, episodes of pain, and a stroke at five years old. Dream will be undergoing a Myeloabative Stem Cell Transplant in the fall of 2014. Her mother has undergone an HLA-matching procedure that involved the extraction of her stem cells so that they may be transplanted into Dream. On December 7th, Dream will be hospitalized and placed in isolation for up to three months. In preparation for the transplant, she will undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Her family anticipates a long recovery which will keep Dream out of school for the greater part of the 2014 â€“ 2015 school year. Her return to school is anticipated for the fall of 2015. The cost of home health care is not covered by Dream's insurance provider. It is imperative to have this level of care while Dream\'s mom works in order to provide the necessities of life (inclusive of shelter, a sterile environment, nutritious food, gas and electricity) for Dream during her recovery. Dream and her mother have decided to team up with The Bone Marrow Foundation to support Dream's home health care, after she transitions from the care of the hospital, to outpatient care. Please support Dream as she takes this challenging journey. We need to ensure that she'll be provided every opportunity to recover fully. She has so much light to offer the world!
The Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation relies 100% on private donations. Your generous Lifeline Fund donation will make a significant difference in the lives of patients like Dream.