My name is Jamil Crews. I'm reaching out to all of you guys for a cause that is near and dear to me, The Shannon Smith Medical Benefit. Shannon Smith, the 29 year old native of Buffalo New York, has a very unique story. While living in Las Vegas and pregnant with her second child, she went to the hospital because of pneumonia complications. Her condition worsened, and she eventually developed a near fatal blood disease called sepsis, but her case was one of the worst cases anyone had ever seen.
Shannon not only lost her child, but the sepsis was so severe that in order to survive, she had to have all of her limbs amputated. So Shannon became a rare quadruple amputee case in this country. She eventually moved back to Buffalo from Las Vegas, and her mom took an early retirement to care for her daughter. Shannon is courageously fighting to live a normal life, but that wouldn't come without setbacks, one being the MASSIVE medical expenses she incurred. While in the hospital Shannon incurred over ONE MILLION DOLLARS in medical expenses. Another setback she has is her home not having handicap accessibility. It is becoming burdensome for her family to carry her up and down several flights of stairs each day.
My organization, Capital Change, decided this was certainly a cause to get behind. This is particularly dear to me, as Shannon and I were very close friends when we were growing up, going through high school. We went our separate paths, but divine intervention allowed us to cross paths again, and God placed it in my heart to do something for Shannon. That's why, through my organization, I have come up with a goal to raise $10,000 for Shannon by December 1, 2012 to help cover her medical expenses and to purchase a handicap accessibility ramp for her to get up and down the stairs in her home. We will be presenting the check to Shannon at our 30 Under 30 Awards Gala which is taking place December 1, 2012.
Shannon is making an INCREDIBLE comeback. Doctor's are still working on getting Shannon fully functional prosthetics and she continuing her fight each day with a beautiful smile on her face. Help me make Shannon's comeback story a reality by donating today!