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Thriving after the unexpected

Hi! Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising site. As many of you know, almost 16 years ago on September 27, 2007 I went from a completely healthy, active 34-year-old woman to a C5 quadriplegic in about 4 hours due to a rare auto-immune disease called Transverse Myelitis. Since then, I have been on a challenging journey of recovery. I have done my best to not let my circumstances define me or hinder my determination to improve my quality of life.
With determination and the support of my loved ones, I have made significant strides in all aspects of life. Physical therapy and other healing modalities have been a lifeline for me, providing essential pain management, mobility training, and strengthening exercises that have allowed me to regain some independence and improve my quality of life.
I humbly request your assistance. Believe me when I say I would prefer not to ask, but I need help to access vital therapies not covered by insurance that will enable me to manage my pain effectively and improve my overall well-being. Your support will not only provide relief from physical discomfort but also give me the strength and motivation to continue fighting for a better life. Most importantly it will give me hope.

With much love and gratitude,

Updates (4)

July 31, 2023

Thank you all for your generosity! We are getting so close to our initial matching goal, and it’s incredible! Thanks to you, Cynthia can look forward to continued therapy at home for a year, as well as a trip to do intensive therapy with experts. She and Trevor can look forward to hiring respite care for the next few months, to give him a chance to relax, and she'll be able purchase the installation of an EZ Locke on her new power chair so she can continue to drive, increasing her independence!

Let’s keep this momentum going! If we get beyond our $15,000 matching goal, Cynthia can be confident of paying for her continued therapy beyond those months, and may even be able to purchase a new manual assist chair that will allow her to travel more comfortably.

December 3, 2019

Much has happened since my last update. I am now driving independently and have found fulfillment through part- time work consulting with various non--profits. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with so many therapies and healing modalities not covered by insurance. They have helped tremendously with pain and gaining function, but I can longer afford to keep up with them. But, I have my handcycle and fitness classes to keep me healthy and fit! The big news is that I am planning on a significant surgery at the end of February that will dramatically change my life. It is called a mitroffanoff with a bladder augmentation. The recovery will be challenging, so I am hoping to raise funds to cover physical therapy and in home care immediately following the surgery. Any contribution would be so helpful to making this journey a success. Thank you!


April 19, 2024


Think of you often & always check in with Laurie on how you are doing. Sending you lots of love & hugs.


Alexis Leckey (Brady)

October 26, 2023

We pray for your wellness along with Allen & Barbara

Richard Huber

October 21, 2023

Go Cynthia!

Dean Pereyra