Help Molly fight Lyme disease!

For: Molly Delight Whitehead
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Katherine Wiley
Help Molly fight Lyme disease! (Molly Delight Whitehead)
of $7,000 goal
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Raised by 38 donors

The Story

I didn't know much about Lyme disease until my good friend Molly contracted it close to three years ago. Since then, I've learned how debilitating this disease can be, and also how difficult and expensive it is to treat. Lyme has wreaked havoc with Molly's immune system, causing hypersensitivity to medications and supplements, as well as dangerously low numbers of antibodies for fighting infections. Her other symptoms are mainly neurological: memory problems, word confusion, poor balance, pain, fatigue, and insomnia caused by mini-seizures at night.

Molly tried to treat her Lyme and Bartonella, another tick-borne co-infection, with many rounds of antibiotics over two years, including intravenously for four months. There was some temporary improvement, but eventually her body developed allergic reactions to the drugs (as well as the herbs she tried), so she had to stop them. 

Insurance mostly paid for her treatments while she was taking antibiotics, but she has been unable to take them for the past year, and has exhausted her savings experimenting with alternative approaches shown to have a good track record against Lyme. She has recently found two treatments that help, but are not covered by insurance: acupuncture to manage pain and other symptoms, and use of an electrical frequency generator (Rife machine), programmable with specific frequencies for killing bacteria. The least expensive way to do this therapy is to buy a machine and administer treatments at home, under the guidance of a Rife practitioner experienced with Lyme. Molly’s practitioner estimates that she'll need about a year of treatment, although it might be longer.

Would you consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the machine and acupuncture treatments? The ability to pursue effective and non-toxic treatment would mean so much to Molly after the suffering and frustration of the past three years.

$7,000 will cover the machine purchase and acupuncture treatments for a year. Every donation helps! For example, 

  • $15 = Phone session with Rife practitioner
  • $35 = Detoxification treatment after bacteria-killing
  • $60 = In-person consult with Rife practitioner
  • $90 = Acupuncture treatment
  • $150 = Purchase of encyclopedia/manual for using Rife
  • $2,600 = Purchase of Rife machine

All funds go directly to Molly (minus about a 3% credit card fee this site takes). If you'd rather send her a check, please contact me for her mailing address (click the "contact organizer" button below). Donations are not tax deductible.

Thank you very much for considering this appeal, and please help by sharing it via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 7, 2017

Posted on June 7, 2017

Wow! Due to all of your generosity we have surpassed our goal! I didn't know if that would happen, but have been so touched through all of this by everyone's support for Molly. It is clear to me how she has made a difference in so many of our lives and all of you are making a big difference in her life right now. Thank you again for all of your support. If you can think of any last others who might like to donate, please consider sharing this link:

Thank you again for all you have done. Even more than the money, I think your kind messages and shows of support will help Molly move forward in her fight against this disease.

Posted on May 27, 2017

Posted on May 27, 2017

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We have reached over 40% of our goal so are doing so great! This will really help Molly access the care she needs and deserves.

One thing that's been surprising to me is that Molly doesn't actually know a lot of the people who have donated. This means that sharing the link with your friends and family and asking them if they might be able to donate to this cause (no matter the size of the donation) makes a big difference. So if you are willing to do that, here's the link to pass along:

Thank you again so much for all of your support!

Posted on May 21, 2017

Posted on May 21, 2017

We're only a few days into our fundraiser and already have met almost 25% of our goal! Thank you to everyone for your generosity and your kind words which have meant a lot to Molly! If you have the time, please consider sharing the link to the fundraiser with family and friends who might be able to help out as well.

Thank you again for all of your support!

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