Help Mercy Roberts stand up to scoliosis!

For: Mercy Roberts
Emmett, ID
Organizer: Autumn White
Help Mercy Roberts stand up to scoliosis! (Mercy Roberts)
$85,842
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 181 donors
85% Complete

The Story

Three years ago, my 13 year old sister Mercy was diagnosed with Scoliosis. My parents sought the most aggressive non-surgical treatment possible, involving hours of painful therapy and exercise each day. In spite of Mercy's hard work and the treatment prescribed by spine specialists, her curves have continued to increase. At a time when she should be growing taller, scoliosis has caused her to lose inches of height in the last two months, and it has decreased her lung and heart capacity. Without surgery, it’s only expected to get worse. The doctors advise that surgery must happen in the next three months, or the surgery will become much more difficult and complicated. 


Normally, surgery is performed when spinal curves exceed 40 degrees. Mercy has two curves, and they are both approaching 100 degrees. The operation Mercy needs (Anterior Scoliosis surgery) will correct both curves in her back and enable her to lead a relatively normal life. Currently, Mercy should not lift a gallon of milk. She struggles to sleep every night because of the pain, and has to do hours of therapy each day just to maintain basic function. Insurance is insufficient to cover the costs associated with this procedure, which will involve three surgeons, a neurologist, and a specialty surgical team. All told, the costs are estimated to be more than $100,000 dollars out of pocket, after insurance. Without surgery, Mercy's adult life will be one of severe disability and continual pain. 


In spite of everything that is happening, Mercy’s outlook is hopeful. Of her condition, she writes: "I have family members holding me and praying for me. I have God, in whom I can confide my fears and sorrows. Yes, it’s painful, and I have to have surgery and doctors appointments. Earlier, I was afraid. Now I am not, because God is with me. My family is with me. I am blessed.” 


My heart's desire, as Mercy's big sister, is to help her raise the money to get the surgery she needs to have a future as normal teenage girl. I want her to be able to enter womanhood with less pain, a straightened spine, and be able to someday have a family. Insurance doesn't cover a significant part of the impossibly expensive surgery, and it needs to happen immediately. 


We appreciate your support through prayer, shares on social media, and donations as you feel led in your heart. Your help will make the difference in Mercy's future. Thank you so much!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 11, 2017

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Posted on November 11, 2017

For our final update I wanted to share with you the before and after x ray so you all can see first hand how Mercy's curves have improved! Both curves were decreased from over 100 degrees to around 30 to 35 degrees. Mercy has commented that her back doesn't hurt at all! We are also excited to announce that with the sale of the motorcycle drawing tickets, the fundraiser dinner, and the generosity of so many we were able to meet our goal of $100,000 for the surgery! 


Mercy is so glad to be home and is looking much more chipper now that she's surrounded by the rest of her family. She's working to regain mobility and will be doing some physical therapy to help her muscles adjust to her new spine location. 


I wanted to close with a prayer that we pray as a family after meals together. Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for making this surgery a possibility. As we draw near to Thanksgiving know that each one of you will be on our hearts and in our prayers of gratitude. We are so thankful for such a wonderful community of people and such an amazing God that has worked this miracle on our behalf.


Thank you so much,


The Roberts Family


Posted on November 10, 2017

Posted on November 10, 2017

Tomorrow is the day we've been waiting for! Mercy and my parents will be traveling from New York City all the way to Idaho. We are so thrilled to have Mercy back home to continue her recovery from surgery. 


Please keep Mercy in your prayers tomorrow as she's still experiencing quite a bit of pain while sitting and is still struggling some with mobility. 


Tomorrow night is our fundraiser dinner and the motorcycle drawing! I can't believe how much has happened in the last few months. We went from facing an impossible situation to Mercy having the surgery in three months. The only way this was possible was because of your generosity. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


If you want to follow the motorcycle drawing we will be doing a Facebook Live event for it at 7:30pm tomorrow evening. Just search for @mercysfuture.


Posted on November 5, 2017

Posted on November 5, 2017

Good evening! We are excited to announce that Mercy has been released from the hospital! She's still very tired and will be recovering for a while, but she is well enough to move to the apartment my parents rented for their stay in NYC.


Health permitting, Mercy and my parents should be returning to Idaho either Thursday or Friday. Please continue to keep Mercy in your prayers as she heals and works through the pain and muscle aches from the surgery. We are so very grateful for the support that has brought Mercy this far and are so excited to be in the home stretch! 


The motorcycle drawing is less than a week away! If you know anyone that wants great odds at a Harley send them on over to http://www.mercysfuture.com/drawing.html The drawing will be held during a facebook live event at 7:30 after a final fundraiser dinner hosted by The Least - Family Motorcycle Club. We would be glad to see you out there over a plate of prime rib! Again, thank you so very much. This would not have been possible without you. 

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