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On 4/21/2007, I was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident that changed my life forever. As a result of the accident, I was left with a C-6 spinal cord injury.

I underwent a spinal fusion at ORMC in Orlando, Florida. After that, I spent the next five months in rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. After that, I spent time at Project Walk located in California. Afterwards, my mom started Project Walk Orlando. The facility provides intensive exercise programs to help rehabilitate individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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October 19, 2021

On May 11th 2019 I married Matthew Jereczek after 9 years of dating. Matt is now my full time caregiver and the most supportive husband I could have ever hoped for!

Matt and I have been more than ready to start our family for almost 2 years now. After accessing the risks of carrying my own child, Matt and I came to the decision of using a gestational carrier (a surrogate). The process of extracting my eggs and creating our embryos started off slow because I had a hard time finding a fertility clinic that was equipped to treat someone with my condition. After almost a year of searching, we finally found a reproductive endocrinologist who could help us. I completed a successful round of IVF and now Matt and I have 8 embryos frozen and waiting for us! I was extremely lucky to quickly match with a surrogate and she just happens to live only about an hour away from me. It seems all the pieces are starting to fall into place but we'll need help to make our dream family a reality. The total cost of using a surrogate to carry our child costs around $120,000.00 but Matt and I know in our hearts this is the best and safest way to have our baby and complete our family. Please consider donating to making Matt and I a mommy and daddy!

September 20, 2021

It’s been a rough couple of weeks… getting over Covid and the unexpected loss of my uncle- but one great thing that happened this week is that Matt & I were able to meet with our surrogate and a therapist [another step in the legal process of using a gestational carrier] so we are that much closer to an embryo transfer! Also Spectrum News 13 ran a story on me, NextStep and my journey with Matt to becoming parents.

You can donate to help alleviate some of our costs for the whole surrogacy process which is a roughly a total of $120k. Or for any one who wants to pay their respects to my uncle, my family asks that you please make a donation in lieu of sending flowers.

My uncle was my #1 fan. He threw multiple golf benefits for me to ensure I could continue my recovery after my car accident and live my best life possible. He adored Matt and was so excited for us to start our family.

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September 14, 2021

To Amanda & Matt, you will be wonderful parents and, with Lisa, extended family & friends, deserve all the support you can get as you inspire others to live life the best they can be. God Bless, love from Pamela & Jennifer xx


September 10, 2021

In memory of Tony Perla, childhood friend. And in support of Amanda’s lifelong journey.

Kimberly Vuolo

September 8, 2021

In memory of my cousin Tony Perla who adored his niece Amanda. May he RIP.

Love, Carol and John Daniels

Carol Daniels