Willa (nickname â€śReggieâ€ť) was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. In the spring of 2013, at the age of 69, Reggie felt unexplained pains and aches. After first being treated for arthritis, then lupus, she was finally diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in October 2013. After much testing and setbacks, she is scheduled for an allogeneic bone marrow transplant on July 29, 2014. Reggieâ€™s son is her bone marrow donor, but neither his nor her health insurance will cover the cost of the mandatory donor testing. Paying these bills is practically impossible because she is surviving on social security. She also needs to pay for a flight from Albuquerque to Philadelphia for her sister-in-law, who will be her caregiver. On top of that, Reggie needs money for gas and special food during the recovery process. Reggie thanks everyone for their assistance and asks that you keep her in your thoughts for a quick and successful recovery.
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