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My daughter, Kari Root was diagnosed in 2009 with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) and her health has been on a steady decline ever since. Her prognosis has steadily worsened, and Kari is no longer able to work. She now requires assistance with simple everyday tasks; from household chores and making meals, to getting her kids ready for school, Kari needs treatment for her MS, or her health will continue to deteriorate.

A single mother to three wonderful children, Kari works very hard and is trying to complete her nursing degree. Several MS flare-ups caused her to withdraw from both school and work, but Kari wants nothing more than to stop her condition so she can be there to support her children, and complete her nursing program. Kari has applied for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation treatment (HSCT) at Chicago’s Northwestern University Medical Center, in an effort to overcome her disease progression. This treatment involves stem cells derived from bone marrow, while chemotherapy destroys the malfunctioning immune system. The good cells are then infused into the patient’s body to restart the new immune system and help the body to heal. This treatment is proven to have very promising results in stopping the progression of MS.

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July 1, 2016

Kari continues to make strides in her recovery since her transplant at NorthWestern in Chicago this past February. Recovery has been going very slow, but Kari finally feels that some of her MS symptoms may be improving. Fatigue from the strong medications and the transplant process is still preventing Kari from holding a job; all the while medical bills, transportation and lodging fees from the transplant continue to roll in each day. Kari is still in great need of your continued thoughts, prayers and most of all your financial support. She needs your financial support to help maintain her health, pay for her out-of-pocket transplant fees, and even her costly living expenses. Thank you for your continued love and support for Kari, and most of all your generous donation. Love, Kari’s mother, Sue Root

August 13, 2015

Just a quick update, I heard back from the transplant center and they are ready to book my transplant. They got the insurance approval. So just trying to figure out a date that would work for the family. I am getting very nervous but yet excited to get ball rolling and get on my way to getting better! I have been off my MS medication tysabri for close to 2 years now trying to get approved for this. They require you don’t have any MS medication in your system for 6 months prior. I went off July 2013, and it just has taking this long to get where we are now! So I can definitely feel the effects of not being on any medication. So hoping we can get there soon! Thank everyone who has supported me though this very big journey in my life, this is going to be the hardest thing I ever have to do but worth it so I can get better for my kids and me too….will update with my dates I go when I know more! Again thanks to everyone <3

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June 12, 2015

You Kari, are truly a beautiful person and I believe that you will reach your goal. Sending you and your family prayers! Best wishes!