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Mariah Neiswender is a 46 year old single mother of three who is very ill. For years she has been struggling with Alpha 1antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disorder that causes COPD. Mariah’s is complicated with bronchiectasis and emphysema, she is now in end stage COPD. Mariah’s condition had worsened to the point that she had to be put on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. Since then, Mariah and her caregiver have been traveling back and forth 160 miles every 6 weeks for her medical appointments. Transplants are life-saving but are very expensive.

Mariah grew up in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. She went to Shikellamy high school. Soon after, Mariah moved to Lewisburg and had management opportunities with a local business, but is now unable to work. Mariah was lucky enough to be blessed with three daughters, Nikita 24, Kiara 13, and Olivia 7, and two wonderful granddaughters, Klarissa Mae 5, and Bailey Rose 2. She has always been very independent but thankfully she has supportive family and friends that are all committed to seeing her through this transplant. Mariah’s youngest daughter says she can’t wait to play in the park with her Mommy when she can run and play, after she receives her transplant.

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January 30, 2018

You are one strong woman...I have watched you from a youngin on up and you fight the fight through everything life throws your way...You got this and I will be cheering you on and sending all the positive mojo your way!!! Love ya kiddo...

Teri Lombard

January 30, 2018

You are very strong. I've always looked up to you. Love ya

Angel Minium

January 30, 2018

Mariah, you have always been one of my favorite people for the 30 years we have known each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are not only a fighter, but also a survivor. You have always gotten thru anything ever thrown your way, and I have no doubt you will again. I don't make much money myself right now, but you can count on me to donate as soon as I do have some. Keep fighting until you get that call. You are so strong. Love and prayers , love you !


January 30, 2018

Mariah, Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what is there to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo "no matter what happens."(WND-1, 681) No matter how painful or challenging our situation , if we keep chanting to the Gohonzon with focused power, we are certain to break through it. Never give up!! Love you, Luis

Luis Rodriguez