At 4 years-old, Emma Grace was diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP). This disease causes her immune system to attack the small blood capillaries in her body. Over the last eight years, she has developed “Chronic HSP” causing her to have pre-kidney failure, GI bleeds, and chronic leg and belly pain. Traditional medications to treat this disease are no longer working. The only treatment option that she currently has available to stop the progression of her HSP is called immune globulin infusions (IVIG).
Immune globulin is extracted from donated blood plasma. One infusion comes from a pool of over 1,000 healthy blood donors. Emma Grace’s current treatment plan includes monthly infusion therapy for at least two years. She will need 12,000 blood donors to supply enough IVIG for just one year. That is a lot of people! We need your help.
Please consider donating blood today! It will not only give Emma Grace a better quality of life, but it will save her life.