Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Season for Giving

I have been following the story of a little 8 month old girl, Isabelle Sherman, from a town near where I grew up, for quite some time now. For over 6 months she was fighting a mystery disease that kept causing sepsis and prevented her from gaining weight. At 7 1/2 months old she was just over 8lbs. This little angel has been fighting for her life at our local medical center when she should be home just enjoying being a baby. Recently it was discovered that Izzy has a disease called Mitochondrial Complex 1 Deficiency. As you will read, the prognosis is not good. A couple of weeks ago Izzy was discharged from the medical center as there really wasn't much else the doctors could do. Last week, Izzy spiked a fever of over 105 and was rushed back to the medical center where it was found that she is septic again, and even after 5 days of antibiotics, the cultures are still coming up positive...and she is still spiking fevers.

Since Izzy has been in the hospital most of her short life, her mother Stephanie, has been unable to work as she has been constantly by Izzy's side with the exception for a few days when Stephanie was sick herself. Izzy's dad also had to leave his job as they have three young boys at home, and with Stephine constantly by Izzy's side, it was impossible to work and take care of the boys. Through donations the Sherman's have been able to "get by" for the time being but I recently learned that they are almost $700 in the rears with the utility company that supplies their electricity and heat. While anyone is more than welcome to directly make a donation on Izzy's page, I am personally collecting money to put directly towards their utility bill. If anyone is interested in making a donation directly through me, you can send money via PayPal to If you would like to send a check you can send me a private email and we can work that out. And again, if you are more comfortable, you can always make a donation directly on Izzy's page.

Here is a link to Izzy's Facebook page:

Here is the direct link to make a donation on her page:

Here are a few news links to her story as well:

Thanks for any consideration that you may give!!

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