Sharon, a soft-spirited, single mother of two daughters, and grandmother of two granddaughters, went to the ER in February 2013. She was diagnosed with meningitis and pneumonia. Sharon endured a lengthy recovery from that. Six months after she was discharged, she went to the doctor for blood transfusions, after being diagnosed with anemia. During 2013, Sharon needed transfusions every 2-3 weeks. Her doctors did not diagnose her with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) until December 2013. Sharon was working at the time and she was referred to Houston, Texas for treatment. She participated in two clinical trials that unfortunately did not work, so she was scheduled to receive a bone marrow transplant in December 2014. Sharon received a matched related transplant from her sister. She had no insurance at the beginning of her illness, so she had $60,000 worth of medical bills before her work insurance became effective. Sharon had to stop working and therefore, had no income. Fortunately, she was able to stay on COBRA, but this forced Sharon to draw out of her retirement fund to make payments for bills and medical expenses. To assist with her medical and living expenses, please consider making a donation to Sharon. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
The Bone Marrow Foundation relies 100% on private donations. Your generous Lifeline Fund donation will make a significant difference in the lives of patients like Sharon.