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Rebecca Needs Your Support!

Our daughter, Rebecca (Becky) O’Doherty’s fight for her health has reached a critical point. After 10 years of treatment and testing she will undergo the second part of a transplant to repair her immune system, whose dysfunction has caused significant neurological, metabolic, gastrointestinal damage. After graduating from UNC and the Robertson Scholars Program in 2005, Becky committed her full passion and energy to working with young people at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Just as Becky was making significant progress on issues of poverty and educational attainment, she was forced to leave the work and young people that she loves to undergo full-time medical treatment .

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June 22, 2018


On Monday, July 9th, a group of friends and family will walk to raise funds for Help Hope Live in honor of Rebecca O’ Doherty to make her medical treatment possible. All proceeds will be used for uninsured transplant-related expenses that Rebecca needs to cover before October of this year.

Please help us meet our goal by joining in our STRIDES for Recovery Walkathon
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Those local to New York can join us in Cunningham Park, Queens
Monday, July 9th – 6pm to 7:30pm
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Unable to attend, but want to join us in spirit? Please consider donating today!

June 13, 2018

We are so happy to have good news to share about Rebecca’s medical condition! Since stem cell transplant in December she is seeing measurable improvements in her overall health. This is great news following the hard work Rebecca put in during her 3 ½ month hospital stay and the excellent care from the doctors and staff there during the process of her stem cell transplant.

The significant positive progress is an excellent indicator for the effectiveness of the transplant and her prognosis for future and continuing recovery. Because stem cells mature gradually, Rebecca is in the midst of a slow recovery as her strength and stamina begin to rebuild after 10 years of illness.

The seriousness of her condition will require a second stem cell transplant in the fall. I know all of her supporters will be cheering her on with love and encouragement during these coming months, as she struggles to heal and regain her stamina. Thank you again so very much for keeping Rebecca in your thoughts and prayers. It is a blessing to know she is so loved and cared about.

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June 21, 2018

I’m so grateful for my supportive friends and family. Thank you for responding. It means so much to us. Much love to all. Gail, George and Rebecca

Gail O’Doherty

June 21, 2018

Rebecca, All the best to you and your family. Cecelia C.

cecelia cornacchio

June 20, 2018

Hi Becky, So happy to hear that you are responding well to your treatment. Think of you and your family often and pray that you are on the road to recovery. With fond memories, The Stacom Family

Regina Stacom

June 20, 2018

Rebecca is one of the most positive, persistent talented women I have ever met. I can't wait to see this dynamo when she is healthy! The world will be a much better place! Joan Fleischman, MD

Joan Fleischman