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Carolina Needs Your Help

Family and friends of Carolina Bowen are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

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May 7, 2019

Hi, I’m Carolina. I’m 19 years old and was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 7. My condition has deteriorated over the years and I’m now considered a very brittle diabetic. After two episodes of DKA and some seizures due to bloodsugar issues, I have moderate brain damage along with living in a constant state of diabetic HHS (my body doesn’t metabolize things properly and my cells don’t take enough sodium & potassium in). While not everyone has problems due to type one– the condition has taken a huge toll on me– to the point where I had to drop my microbiology major. Science is my passion and I had to give it up because of how my body deteriorated. I may lose my scholarship because I’ll need to stay out of lectures for about a year following transplant, and my state scholarship requires 30 credit hours per year with a 3.0 overall GPA. My current GPA is 3.8 and I have 60 credit hours under my belt. I am listed for pancreas only transplant through Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

I’ll be in the hospital anywhere from a week to a month– maybe more depending on how surgery goes. My family will need to be with me as I require a caregiver post-op and we will lose income due to this. I also have to stay local to Jacksonville for a few months post-op and will require temporary housing until I’m cleared to go home to South Carolina. We’re estimating that temp housing alone will cost anywhere from $3,000-5,000 for the few months that I need to be in Jacksonville.

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September 11, 2019

My late-husband was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8 and he was also very brittle. I knew absolutely nothing about diabetes when we met but my education was "by fire" as they say. The hypoglycemic episodes, the "evil twin," seizures. It could be a nightmare, but his attitude was incredible and our lives were turned completely around when, at age 43, he received a kidney and a pancreas from a family who had suffered the unthinkable: the loss of their daughter. Their generosity allowed us freedom neither of us had ever known. His pancreas was still going strong when the kidney began to fail after 14 years. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with lung cancer just days before he passed. It's safe to say, we lived those 14 years to the fullest. One of his greatest pleasures was cooking. He could finally eat what he wanted after all those years and cheesecakes were his greatest masterpieces. I hope anyone reading this will help this family save their young daughter. Help give her the life she has coming to her. At 19, just imagine what lies ahead for her...the food, the adventures, the fun; her education. Please help.

Mary Fersner

July 31, 2019

Prayers and,hugs Carolina

Elena Lawson

July 30, 2019

Hi Carolina I wish you the best, I received a new Pancreas 11 years ago. I've done great since Transplant.

Beth Kiger

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