I am trying to raise money for my class trip to Costa Rica. We will be immersed in the culture for two weeks, doing mission work, and having fun. While raising money, I hope to bring awareness to POTS for Dysautonomia Awareness Month in October. For each donation, I will send you a bookmark with facts about POTS and a ribbon to wear (pictures of the bookmark and ribbon are above) during the month of October. In April of 2018, I was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). My family had never even heard of the disability. I got POTS as a result of an illness that I had in February of 2018 that damaged the nerves that send blood to my heart. I am considered to be one of the lucky ones because they caught it so early. I have a 50% chance of beating it if I continue my treatment for 2 years and the nerves in my body start to regenerate as I continue to grow. My treatment includes maintaining a circadian rhythm, swimming and/or biking 3-5 hours a week, 6000mg worth of salt tablets a day, 900mg of licorice a day, and a gallon of water a day. I am excited to say that I have not had to take medicine yet. Some people are not as lucky. Since I have been diagnosed, I have met and heard about people who did not learn they had POTS until they were much older and therefore treatment is more difficult and they don't have a chance of beating it. I then wanted to bring awareness to this disability, so that more people may get diagnosed earlier and more research on treatment options may happen. With your donation, I will be sending 5% to the POTS Research Fund at Dysautonomia International. The other part of your donation will go towards helping me get to Costa Rica. When this trip happens, I will be a year into my treatment and healthy enough to go. I just need your help! Thank you!