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Almost four years ago, I woke up and could not feel my body. What would follow is a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease that would catastrophically change my life. The immediate onset of this disease, took away things I had previously taken for granted: my certainty in every step, my freedom of mobility, my self-esteem, my confidence, my career, my social life, and so much more.

I’ve come a long way through therapies, rebuilding where I’ve felt depleted. I’m finally at a point where I can safely set goals for independence and self-reliance, but that starts with a humble ask: help from my friends to support my desire to help me pay down some 20k in medical debt, and hopefully, help me procure/purchase a car with adaptive hand equipment that will enable me to drive once again. Regaining my ability to drive will allow me to leave my home, seek out work, see friends, grocery shop, and more.

Updates (19)

June 24, 2021

I GOT MY LICENSE TODAY!!!! Guys, this would not have happened if it were not for all of your love and support. None of it. I cannot believe how far I’ve come. It’s overwhelming to think about, honestly. To have worked on picking up nickels off a counter, to being able to drive with hand controls…..it’s completely overwhelming.
I still have a ways to go before I can get on the road, and pay off my medical debt, but, today…..TODAY I GOT MY LICENSE!!

Thank you to all, for helping this amazing dream come true. ✌️

June 5, 2021

Hi all!
The whoopie pie campaign went live last week, and I’ve been so excited as to how well it’s been going so far! I made 42 whoopie pies today! It’s a blessing in so many ways.
The fact that people have enough faith in me, to spend their money on a product they have no guarantee they’ll like, is mind blowing in and of itself. Then, realizing that I alone, with no help, was able to crank out 42 whoopie pies, in 4 different flavors…well, that’s just insane to me. I couldn’t hold a cup to my own mouth 3 years ago. Now, I am able to do my laundry, make whoopie pies, shower using the chair less and less….the progress is astounding.
This is why I’m asking for help. I am making such great physical gains, as compared to where I was, and I want to be able to continue my forward momentum financially, and hopefully literally, with a car.
I baked 42 whoopie pies today. I’m in a ton of pain, and I’m sure my body will take a beat to recover, but I did it.
Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting my fundraiser. And thanks for helping me prove to myself that I could, in fact, get the job done.
Enjoy the whoopies….I’m trying not to taste test too many, but I hope they pass your taste bud’s test!
✌️

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June 7, 2021

Cheering you on Kara. Sending love to a strong, talented, amazing woman! ♥️

Jill Marcus Smith

January 15, 2021

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HONORED TO CALL YOU OUR FRIEND AND ARE IN SUCH AWE OF WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THOUGH AND OVERCOME. YOU ARE LOVED FRIEND. YOU WILL NEVER WALK DOWN THAT “LONESOME ROAD ALL BY YOURSELF”. WE LOVE YOU KJT!!

Keita and Emily Matsumoto

January 10, 2021

Love and prayers go out to you Kara! Always pray for miracles xo

Tricia Saunders

January 4, 2021

I know that beautiful voice! Wonderful to hear it here. I didn't know about your illness, but the Natick Patch gave me the heads up. What courage and strength you have! Love to you and your terrific family.

Lucy Pease