Mia Herranen, who lives in Helsinki, Finland, with her beloved Saluki dog Tristan, lost her father to Spinocerebellar Ataxia when she was a young girl. Her own diagnosis was confirmed by genetic testing after symptoms appeared in her 30s. The average prognosis for this condition is only 10 years and Mia is well into her third year.Contact the Organizer
Mia, now aged 41, struggles daily with her coordination, balance and fine motor skills. Her mobility will continue to detriorate until she will not be able to walk unassisted and ultimately she will require a wheelchair. A new symptom she also has to contend with is dysphagia - this means her ability to swallow and clear her throat is compromised.
To her credit, Mia always maintains a positive outlook with remarkable courage and grace. She has consulted many doctors and specialists seeking advice. Unfortunately conventional medicine has nothing to offer and there is, sadly, no cure.
The best alternative treatment option is stem cell treatment. This could improve and slow down the progression of Mia's symptoms. This therapy has already helped other patients with this disease. They have experienced a marked reduction in the severity of their symptoms; improvements which have been sustained for some time.
A clinic in New Zealand offers the most preferred technique by using one's own cells and it also has the most competitive pricing.
Mia expressly wishes that donations are only what is affordable, such as $5, $10 or $20. Of course larger gifts are very welcome also. All funds go directly to Mia without deduction. Our goal of $5,750 euros is to cover the cost of treatment.
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