Few people cross our path and leave such a positive and profound spark in our worlds as Dana Todd. She is genuine, kind, compassionate and generous. Those of us who know her can say we are better, happier and even stronger when we are around her. She is a wonderful mother and an amazing friend. Many of you know Dana from her advocacy work disability community, from her tireless efforts to assist those with a need or as even as that someone who helps you register to vote and have your voice heard.
Unfortunately, Dana has been struggling for some time with Primary Sjorgen’s Syndrome and kidney failure. As of late, these symptoms have reached a critical level. She has now been diagnosed with a rare tumor called a pheochromocytoma. Without treatment, this type of tumor is fatal. Dana's insurance company has denied coverage for this surgery.
Dana is now in stage 4 renal failure with an EGFR of 29. The pheochromocytoma has now reached 10cm, growing from 2cm when she was first diagnosed. This means the tumor has a higher chance of metastasis beyond the critical damage it is now doing to Dana's vascular and endocrine system. For the non-medical people out there, this means in addition to her blood vessels collapsing, her hormones spiking causing kidney failure and stroke risk-now she is in danger of not being able to beat a nasty cancer that has a 5% survival rate. Dana is already 6 months past the date she was given for life expectancy without treatment . But Dana is not giving up and neither are those of us who love and care for her!
This fundraiser has been put into place to help with cost of surgery and expenses during her recovery. Dana is SO grateful to each and every one you that desires to help in any way you can. It goes without saying but I'll say it anyway, we know Dana will spend her life paying all the love and help forward.
** If you have trouble processing your donation, please send me (Kyle Wheymond) a message and I will check into this ASAP. All donations will be handled by me as the executor/ non-financially affiliated 3rd party- with vendors paid directly. This means amounts will not be garnished to pay for pre-existing medical bills and ensures we can raise enough money to actually pay for the surgery Dana needs NOW. **