Imagine your child is sick and doctors can’t figure out what was wrong.
You visit the Mayo Clinic — a lot — and spend more time than you would like in hospitals.
Medical bills, lodging, gas, food and vehicle repair costs begin to take a toll on you.
Your income doesn’t cut it anymore. What are you to do?
For Carrie Bird this story is all too familiar.
All she wants is for her daughter Jasmine — a spunky 11-year-old who goes by Jazzy — to be healthy.
Jasmine loves art, Paris and ice cream. She’s also been sick nearly all of her life.
She’s been diagnosed with severe Dysautonomia (an autonomic nerve disorder that prevents her from sweating), POTS (or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome), Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD) and dysphagia.
Jasmine spends most of her days indoors. If she goes outdoors, she has to wear a cooling vest to keep her body temperature down otherwise she could have a heat stroke.
“With dysautonomia it causes her to sleep for days on end, no sweating, over heating, temperature intolerance, severe migraines and it also causes severe anxiety disorder,” a family member said.
Jasmine needs to have more genetic tests done at the Mayo Clinic.
Several relatives and friends are hosting an Aug. 3 ice cream fundraiser to help the Bird family with medical bills and cost of living. The benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church in Council Bluffs.
Cost is $3 for a small bowl of ice cream and $6 for a large. Add toppings for 25 cents more.
Raffle tickets for carious prizes will also be sold.
If you can’t make the benefit, you could also give directly by visiting any Centris Federal Credit Union. An account has been set up for Jasmine titled “Jazzy’s Journey.”
For more information about how to help Jasmine or about the ice cream benefit, email email@example.com
A few snapshots of Jasmine…
Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.
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