Help me fight

By Faye Braddock

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Help Me Fight

Project 2017-05-19 13:42:27 +1200

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” - Bruce Lee

 

Over the past 14 years I have experienced an array of symptoms due to Multiple Sclerosis; partial loss of eyesight, loss of balance and vertigo, shooting electrical shocks throughout my spine, cognitive issues, tingling/burning/icy sensations and numbness, mild to extreme fatigue and over the past 18 months, increasing mobility problems. MS will slowly continue to steal away my quality of life if I do not undergo Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (aHSCT). I have so much to live for and my young family deserve a mother who is there, fully capable and strong - no matter what they need from me. On 22nd May I will fly to Russia for the only treatment which has been shown to halt MS in its tracks.

 

What is MS?

 

Multiple sclerosis is a long-lasting, autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. MS causes your immune system to attack the fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibres to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged and scar tissue may form.

 

This damage disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or not get through at all. The longer you leave it before having treatment, the more nerve damage you experience. Without being too melodramatic, aHSCT is my only hope. This treatment is not available in NZ and is only offered in a small number of places throughout the world.

 

I am lucky to have been accepted to receive aHSCT at The A.A. Maximov Hematology and Cell Therapy Department of the National Pirogov Medical Surgical Centre in Moscow. This treatment involves a gruelling procedure that will take me away from my family for 4 debilitating weeks. It will be the hardest thing I will ever endure but with my deteriorating physical and cognitive functions, the results will be life changing. It offers myself and my family the hope of combating this illness and finding a way forward.

 

The treatment and related costs for this will be up to as much as NZ$95,000. The treatment will take healthy stem-cells from my body prior to a 4 day course of intensive chemotherapy to completely destroy the part of the immune system that is currently causing my MS. My healthy stem-cells are then re-introduced to my body and during a 12-day isolation period my body will begin to rebuild a brand new MS free immune system.

 

This PledgeMe campaign allows me to give something to back to my crowd by using my own talents as a designer to provide valuable rewards to people in exchange for their support. My goal with this campaign is for me to raise sufficient funds to pay for some of the tests I will need when I return from Russia in late June (our health system will not cover my blood tests, specialist appointments, MRI scans, etc).

 

In the first year I will need:

  • x3 MRI scans of my brain and spine at a minimum of $2350 each
  • x3 blood tests at $480 each
  • x3 Neurologists appointments at $480 each

My initial target for this campaign will be $2350 which will pay for one of my MRI scans. If I reach this goal I would work hard to offer more rewards and strive to raise funds to pay for some of the other tests listed above.

 

Whilst all forms of fundraising are vital to my health, PledgeMe empowers me by allowing me to offer something in exchange for the support of our awesome Kiwi community. Perhaps some of these rewards might make a great gift for a loved one or maybe you would like to treat yourself?

 

 

Images of rewards on offer:

 

 

Thank you card, depicting St Basil's Cathedral - Moscow 

 

Thank you Card depicting Saint Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

 

Whittakers Gourmet Bownies with Creamy Milk Chocolate chips - heaven!

 

Chocolate brownies

 

 

 

Handmade Mermaid Tail costume (Designed and made by me) 

 

 

 

Merino Made Strong Scarves (designed by me, made in NZ)

 

 

Made Strong T-shirt made strong (and ethically) by www.littleyellowbird.co.nz

 

 

 

Soft Lambswool Bed Scarves (designed and made at Inter-weave Ltd, NZ)

 

 

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Pledgers 30

Anonymous pledger
2017-07-30 08:32:26 +1200
Lisa Claridge
2017-07-24 14:36:43 +1200

"Faye, these are the brownies Michael (my Boss) bought.. xo"

Paula Wallis
2017-07-21 07:29:40 +1200
Dodunski Michelle
2017-07-20 22:37:39 +1200

"Best of luck Faye!! Brownies were delicious "

Vee Johnson
2017-07-20 13:18:17 +1200
Kim Hertzum
2017-07-20 10:47:09 +1200
Tina Pirie
2017-07-20 10:42:49 +1200

"All the very best!"

Craig Connoll
2017-07-20 10:28:18 +1200
Briony Fern
2017-07-20 10:17:03 +1200

"Good luck with your fundraising and sending you lots of positive vibes xx"

Stephanie Airoldi
2017-07-20 09:51:49 +1200
Nicola Greene
2017-07-20 08:38:06 +1200
Andrea Muir
2017-07-20 08:08:11 +1200

"I've been following your story and am over the moon that your treatment was a success. You are incredible!"

Joanne Sweet
2017-07-15 01:51:44 +1200
Kelly Banks
2017-07-13 14:14:40 +1200

"You're amazing!!"

Janine Williams
2017-07-11 21:52:42 +1200

"So excited to enjoy your delicious chocolate brownie Faye. Love Janine xxx"

Lisa Claridge
2017-07-11 15:25:49 +1200

"XOXOXOXOXO"

Monique Woodward
2017-07-11 12:59:57 +1200
Monique Woodward
2017-07-11 12:59:28 +1200
Mary Tierney
2017-07-10 22:14:18 +1200
Violet Shaw
2017-07-04 03:12:32 +1200

"Huge Love xx"

Carol Banks
2017-07-04 01:20:58 +1200

"Very best wishes from Violet's mum"

Kathy Allam
2017-07-03 22:00:38 +1200

"Heaps of love sweetheart and never give up! You're gonna make it !Xx"

Jo Flitcroft
2017-07-03 04:16:07 +1200
Jo Flitcroft
2017-07-03 04:14:07 +1200
Paul Tierney
2017-07-03 03:04:09 +1200

"Wishing you luck x"

Holly
2017-07-03 03:00:29 +1200

"Love these offers and for such a great cause!! Well worth the price for such a beautiful bed throw 😍"

Jenni
2017-06-11 10:27:11 +1200
rachel bolstad
2017-05-28 09:18:20 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2017-05-23 09:21:09 +1200

":)"

Anonymous pledger
2017-05-23 09:20:24 +1200

":) "

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Help Me Fight

Project 2017-05-19 13:42:27 +1200

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” - Bruce Lee

 

Over the past 14 years I have experienced an array of symptoms due to Multiple Sclerosis; partial loss of eyesight, loss of balance and vertigo, shooting electrical shocks throughout my spine, cognitive issues, tingling/burning/icy sensations and numbness, mild to extreme fatigue and over the past 18 months, increasing mobility problems. MS will slowly continue to steal away my quality of life if I do not undergo Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (aHSCT). I have so much to live for and my young family deserve a mother who is there, fully capable and strong - no matter what they need from me. On 22nd May I will fly to Russia for the only treatment which has been shown to halt MS in its tracks.

 

What is MS?

 

Multiple sclerosis is a long-lasting, autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. MS causes your immune system to attack the fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibres to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged and scar tissue may form.

 

This damage disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or not get through at all. The longer you leave it before having treatment, the more nerve damage you experience. Without being too melodramatic, aHSCT is my only hope. This treatment is not available in NZ and is only offered in a small number of places throughout the world.

 

I am lucky to have been accepted to receive aHSCT at The A.A. Maximov Hematology and Cell Therapy Department of the National Pirogov Medical Surgical Centre in Moscow. This treatment involves a gruelling procedure that will take me away from my family for 4 debilitating weeks. It will be the hardest thing I will ever endure but with my deteriorating physical and cognitive functions, the results will be life changing. It offers myself and my family the hope of combating this illness and finding a way forward.

 

The treatment and related costs for this will be up to as much as NZ$95,000. The treatment will take healthy stem-cells from my body prior to a 4 day course of intensive chemotherapy to completely destroy the part of the immune system that is currently causing my MS. My healthy stem-cells are then re-introduced to my body and during a 12-day isolation period my body will begin to rebuild a brand new MS free immune system.

 

This PledgeMe campaign allows me to give something to back to my crowd by using my own talents as a designer to provide valuable rewards to people in exchange for their support. My goal with this campaign is for me to raise sufficient funds to pay for some of the tests I will need when I return from Russia in late June (our health system will not cover my blood tests, specialist appointments, MRI scans, etc).

 

In the first year I will need:

  • x3 MRI scans of my brain and spine at a minimum of $2350 each
  • x3 blood tests at $480 each
  • x3 Neurologists appointments at $480 each

My initial target for this campaign will be $2350 which will pay for one of my MRI scans. If I reach this goal I would work hard to offer more rewards and strive to raise funds to pay for some of the other tests listed above.

 

Whilst all forms of fundraising are vital to my health, PledgeMe empowers me by allowing me to offer something in exchange for the support of our awesome Kiwi community. Perhaps some of these rewards might make a great gift for a loved one or maybe you would like to treat yourself?

 

 

Images of rewards on offer:

 

 

Thank you card, depicting St Basil's Cathedral - Moscow 

 

Thank you Card depicting Saint Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

 

Whittakers Gourmet Bownies with Creamy Milk Chocolate chips - heaven!

 

Chocolate brownies

 

 

 

Handmade Mermaid Tail costume (Designed and made by me) 

 

 

 

Merino Made Strong Scarves (designed by me, made in NZ)

 

 

Made Strong T-shirt made strong (and ethically) by www.littleyellowbird.co.nz

 

 

 

Soft Lambswool Bed Scarves (designed and made at Inter-weave Ltd, NZ)

 

 

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Anonymous pledger
2017-07-30 08:32:26 +1200
Lisa Claridge
2017-07-24 14:36:43 +1200

"Faye, these are the brownies Michael (my Boss) bought.. xo"

Paula Wallis
2017-07-21 07:29:40 +1200
Dodunski Michelle
2017-07-20 22:37:39 +1200

"Best of luck Faye!! Brownies were delicious "

Vee Johnson
2017-07-20 13:18:17 +1200
Kim Hertzum
2017-07-20 10:47:09 +1200
Tina Pirie
2017-07-20 10:42:49 +1200

"All the very best!"

Craig Connoll
2017-07-20 10:28:18 +1200
Briony Fern
2017-07-20 10:17:03 +1200

"Good luck with your fundraising and sending you lots of positive vibes xx"

Stephanie Airoldi
2017-07-20 09:51:49 +1200
Nicola Greene
2017-07-20 08:38:06 +1200
Andrea Muir
2017-07-20 08:08:11 +1200

"I've been following your story and am over the moon that your treatment was a success. You are incredible!"

Joanne Sweet
2017-07-15 01:51:44 +1200
Kelly Banks
2017-07-13 14:14:40 +1200

"You're amazing!!"

Janine Williams
2017-07-11 21:52:42 +1200

"So excited to enjoy your delicious chocolate brownie Faye. Love Janine xxx"

Lisa Claridge
2017-07-11 15:25:49 +1200

"XOXOXOXOXO"

Monique Woodward
2017-07-11 12:59:57 +1200
Monique Woodward
2017-07-11 12:59:28 +1200
Mary Tierney
2017-07-10 22:14:18 +1200
Violet Shaw
2017-07-04 03:12:32 +1200

"Huge Love xx"

Carol Banks
2017-07-04 01:20:58 +1200

"Very best wishes from Violet's mum"

Kathy Allam
2017-07-03 22:00:38 +1200

"Heaps of love sweetheart and never give up! You're gonna make it !Xx"

Jo Flitcroft
2017-07-03 04:16:07 +1200
Jo Flitcroft
2017-07-03 04:14:07 +1200
Paul Tierney
2017-07-03 03:04:09 +1200

"Wishing you luck x"

Holly
2017-07-03 03:00:29 +1200

"Love these offers and for such a great cause!! Well worth the price for such a beautiful bed throw 😍"

Jenni
2017-06-11 10:27:11 +1200
rachel bolstad
2017-05-28 09:18:20 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2017-05-23 09:21:09 +1200

":)"

Anonymous pledger
2017-05-23 09:20:24 +1200

":) "

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This campaign was successful and got its funding on 30/07/2017 at 9:00 PM.